About Me


Cornell University
434 Warren Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
leb99 [at] cornell.edu



I have just completed a PhD at Cornell University, in agricultural economics. I am thrilled to be joining the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at the Ohio State University as an assistant professor in the fall of 2016.

My research focuses on linked dynamics between human welfare and biophysical systems, a subject at the nexus of development, health, and resource/sustainability economics. My job market paper examines how biophysical constraints and smallholder supply choices drive the nutrient content of crops found in rural Ugandan markets, placing particular group of consumers (those reliant on low-nutrient market crops) at high risk for micronutrient malnutrition. I’m also examining state-conditioned soil investment patterns within smallholder agriculture in Uganda, how agriculture and marketing decisions shape early childhood zinc intake, and how soils play into the inverse size productivity relationship in Uganda. I am additionally interested in the intergenerational transmission of human capital and income. And I moderate this awesome geospatial data repository.

My committee was chaired by Christopher B Barrett. David Just, Shanjun Li, and Clark Gray (Geography, UNC) are my other members.