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Department of Agricultural Economics

Ben SchwabDr Ben Schwab

Assistant Professor

310 Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
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B.A., Rutgers University, Economics and Middle Eastern Studies
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2011

Research Interests and Experience

Dr. Schwab’s research focuses on international development, health and nutrition. Schwab received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from University of Wisconsin, where he was a National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) trainee in Health Economics and wrote his dissertation on the adoption and impact of vitamin D fortified milk. Before joining the faculty at Kansas State, Schwab worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). At IFPRI, his research centered on the design and implementation of large scale evaluations of international development projects in East Africa and the Middle East. Some of Schwab’s current research touches on experimental design, impact evaluation, international economic development, Health and Nutrition, international food assistance, nutrition, health insurance, the gender wage gap, marriage markets, connections between mental health, stress and economic decision making, and the relationship between agriculture productivity and cash transfer programs.

Teaching Responsibilities

AGEC 615 | Global Agricultural Development

Areas of Specialization
Key Publications

Butsic, V., Schwab, B., Baumann, M., & Brenner, J. C. (2017). Inside the Emerald Triangle: Modeling the Placement and Size of Cannabis Production in Humboldt County, CA USA. Ecological Economics, 142:70-80.

Hoel, J., Schwab, B. & J. Hoddinott. (2016). "Self-control fatigue, cognitive function, and the expression of time preference: Experimental results from Ethiopia”, Journal of Economic Psychology. 52: 136-146

Cowan, B. & B. Schwab. (2016). “Employer sponsored health insurance and the gender wage gap”, Journal of Health Economics. 45(1): 103-114