Dr. Jacob Ricker-Gilbert


Dr. Jacob Ricker-Gilbert joined the faculty at Purdue in 2011, after completing his PhD at Michigan State University. Since that time he has built a research program around the theme of increasing agricultural intensification and productivity for small-scale farmers in the developing world. Most of his current work focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, and the core topics are 1) Evaluating the economic impacts of input subsidies in Africa; 2) Estimating the impact of farmland markets on agricultural productivity and livelihoods in Africa; 3) analyzing the economics of smallholder farm households’ post-harvest decisions in Africa; 4) studying how smallholder farm households in Africa adapt to climate change. Ricker-Gilbert has published numerous peer-reviewed articles related to these themes and has given seminars and workshops to share the findings of his research with African governments, businesses, and donor organizations. The policy relevance of Ricker-Gilbert’s research was recognized in 2017 when he was a member of a team that won the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Economic Policy Analysis at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual meeting. He was named a University Faculty Scholar at Purdue in 2020 in recognition of the impact of his research.