Welcome to the

Applied International Development Economics (AIDE) Lab

Together Drs. Anna Josephson and Jeffrey Michler run the Applied International Development Economics (AIDE) Lab. We research a range of topics in applied economics, around the world. Our core research focuses on the economic and environmental challenges facing individuals and households in developing countries. Specifically, we seek to understand how technology adoption can reduce food insecurity and how environmental risk and climate change threaten the progress that has been made since the Green Revolution to reduce hunger. More recently, we've been exploring the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Our work as applied economists is inherently collaborative. We have ongoing projects with the World Bank, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Bioversity International, and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). We also work with researchers at other universities, including Purdue University, Tufts University, UC Davis, University of Illinois, University of the Philippines Los Baños, and University of Sydney. We believe in Open Science and work with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) to ensure our research is transparent and reproducible.

We presently have M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship opportunities available for students interested in working on issues of food security, agriculture, and shocks. We are always seeking students with expertise in statistical analysis and programming (e.g. Stata, Python, R).

Rice Field


We research a range of topics in applied economics, around the world. This includes ongoing work on households & food security, technology adoption, weather & risk, COVID-19, and research ethics.

Anna in Zambia


Meet our team of academics, practitioners, and students. We're always seeking new partners!

Boats in Pokhara


We publish our research findings in a variety of journals. We also have a number of early stage papers and reports not yet published.

We value diverse perspectives and experiences. View our anti-racism statement.