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Project takes economist to Madagascar

May 31, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Christine Moser, an assistant professor of economics at Western Michigan University, was named a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow last year and has been functioning as an agricultural policy advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Madagascar.

Moser has been working on a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study aimed at finding ways to improve agricultural production technology and market capacity in the rice and potato markets.

A WMU faculty member since 2005, Moser teaches undergraduate environmental economics and graduate development economics. Her research interests include rural markets and market policy in Africa, agricultural technologies in developing countries, and sustainable agriculture and energy sources.

Most of her current research is taking place in Madagascar, where she focuses on markets and market integration over space, impact analysis of infrastructure, and public goods and deforestation.

Moser has been a consultant to the World Bank, helping design an impact analysis of bank-funded infrastructure projects, and the World Wildlife Fund, collaborating with an international team to model, predict and map forest loss in Madagascar to help the wildlife fund establish conservation priorities.

Before coming to WMU, Moser taught at Colgate University. She earned a doctoral degree in applied economics from Cornell University in 2004, a master's degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University in 2001, and a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994.

For more information, contact Christine Moser at christine.moser@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5542.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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