Professor of the Graduate School
Alain de Janvry is a Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. His area of interest is international economic development, with expertise principally in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle-East, and the Indian subcontinent. His fields of work include poverty analysis, rural development, quantitative analysis of development policies, impact analysis of social programs, technological innovations in agriculture, and the management of common property resources. He has worked with international development agencies such as FAO, IFAD, the World Bank, UNDP, ILO, the CGIAR, and the Inter-American Development Bank as well as with foundations such as Ford, Rockefeller, Kellogg, and Gates. His main objective in teaching, research, and work with development agencies is the promotion of human welfare, including understanding the determinants of poverty and analyzing successful approaches to improve well-being and promote sustainability in resource use.
PhD. Agricultural Economics, University of California at Berkeley
M.A., Statistics, University of California at Berkeley
M.S., Agricultural Economics, University of California at Berkeley
de Janvry, Alain, Andrew Dustan, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2016. “Flourish or Fail? The Risky Reward of Elite High School Admission in Mexico City,” Journal of Human Resources, 51(3).
Emerick, Kyle, Alain de Janvry, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and Manzoor Dar. 2016. “Technological innovations, downside risk, and the modernization of agriculture,” American Economic Review, 106(6) pp. 1537-61.
Development Economics: Theory and Practice, Routledge, 2015.
de Janvry, Alain and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2015. "Sixty Years of Development Economics: What Have we Learned for Economic Development?" Revue d’Economie du Développement, 22: 9-19.
Al-Yriani Lamis, Alain de Janvry, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2015. "The Yemen Social Fund for Development: An Effective Community-based Approach Amidst Political Instability." International Peacekeeping, 22(4): 321-336.
de Janvry, Alain, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Kyle Emerick, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2015. "Delinking land rights from land use: Certification and migration in Mexico." American Economic Review, 105(10): 3125-49.
Carter, M., de Janvry, A., Sadoulet, E., Sarris, A. 2015. "Index-based weather insurance for developing countries: A review of evidence and a set of propositions for up-scaling." Revue d’ Economie du Developpement, 23(1):5-57.
de Janvry, Alain, Craig McIntosh, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2015 “Fair Trade and Free Entry: Can a Disequilibrium Market Serve as a Development Tool?” Review of Economics and Statistics. 97(3): 567-573.
Cai, Jing, Alain De Janvry, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2015. "Social Networks and the Decision to Insure." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 7(2): 81-108.
de Janvry, Alain, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2014. “Are land reforms granting complete property rights politically risky? Electoral outcomes of Mexico's certification program.” Journal of Development Economics, 110 (September): 216–225.
de Janvry, Alain, Vianney Dequiedt, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2014. “The demand for insurance against common shocks.” Journal of Development Economics 106 (January): 227-238.
Dar, Manzoor, Alain de Janvry, Kyle Emerick, David Raitzer, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2013. “Flood-tolerant rice reduces yield variability and raises expected yield, differentially benefitting socially disadvantaged groups.” Scientific Reports 3, Article number 3315, November 22. http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/131122/srep03315/full/srep03315.htm
Barrantes, Roxana, Julio Berdegué, Alain de Janvry, Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla, De- sirée Elizondo, Gustavo Gordillo, Ana María Ibáñez, Roberto Junguito, Reed Hertford, Edgardo Moscardi, Martín Piñeiro, Carlos Pomareda, Alberto Valdés, Juan Manuel Villasuso, and Antonio Yúnez-Naude. 2013. "Agricultura y desarrollo en América Latina : Gobernanza y políticas públicas." Editorial Teseo, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
de Janvry, Alain. 2013. Book Review of "More than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping Solve Global Poverty," by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel. Economic Development and Cultural Change 61(2): 465-469.
Atkinson, Jesse, Alain de Janvry, Craig McIntosh, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2013. “Prompting Microfinance Borrowers to Save: A Field Experiment from Guatemala.” Economic Development and Cultural Change, 62(1): 21-64.
Dubois, Pierre, Alain de Janvry, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2012. “Effects on School Enrollment and Performance of a Conditional Cash Transfers Program in Mexico.” Journal of Labor Economics 30(3): 555-90
de Janvry, Alain, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2012. “Why agriculture remains the key to Sub-Saharan African development.” In The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa, Ernest Aryeetey, Shantayanan Devarajan, Ravi Kanbur, and Louis Kasekende, eds., Oxford University Press.
de Janvry, Alain, Frederico Finan, Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2012. “Local Electoral Incentives and Decentralized Program Performance.” Review of Economics and Statistics 94(3): 672-685.
de Janvry, Alain, Andrew Dustan, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2011. "Recent advances in impact analysis methods for ex-post impact assessments of agricultural technology: Options for the CGIAR." Rome: CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council.
de Janvry, Alain, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2011. “The three puzzles of land reform.” Revue d’Economie du Développement 1: 107-114.
de Janvry, Alain, Hideyuki Nakagawa, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2011. “Poverty, politics, and projects under community participation in Zambia.” In Community, Market, and State in Development, K. Otsuka and K. Kalirajan eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
de Janvry, Alain, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2011. “Subsistence farming as a safety net for food-price shocks.” Development in Practice 21(4-5): 449-456. Also in Marc J. Cohen and Melinda Smale, eds., Global Food-Price Shocks and Poor People: Themes and Case Studies. Oxford: Routledge, 2012.
Lai, Fang, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and Alain de Janvry. 2011. “The contributions of school quality and teacher qualifications to student performance: Evidence from a natural experiment in Beijing middle schools.” Journal of Human Resources 46(1): 123-53
de Janvry, Alain, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and Renos Vakis. 2010. “Protecting Vulnerable Children From Uninsured Risks: Adapting Conditional Cash Transfer Programs to Provide Broader Safety Nets.” Well-being and Social Policy 6(1): 161-183.
de Janvry, Alain, Elisabeth Sadoulet, and Sofia Villas-Boas. 2010. “Short on shots: Are calls for cooperative restraint effective in managing a flu vaccines shortage?” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 76(22): 209-224.
de Janvry, Alain. 2010. “Agriculture for development: New paradigm and options for success.” Agricultural Economics 41(S1): 17-36.
Macours, Karen, Alain de Janvry, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2010. “Insecurity of Property Rights and Matching in the Tenancy Market.” European Economic Review 54(7): 880-899.
de Janvry, Alain, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2010. “Agriculture for Development in Africa: Business-as-Usual or New Departure.” Journal of African Economics 19(supplement 2): ii7-ii39.
Araujo, Caridad, Alain de Janvry, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2010. "Peer Effects in Employment: Results from Mexico's Poor Rural Communities." Canadian Journal of Development Studies 30(3-4): 565-89.
de Janvry, Alain and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2010. “The Global Food Crisis and Guatemala: What Crisis and For Whom?” World Development 38(9): 1328-1339.
Bernard, Tanguy, Alain de Janvry, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2010. “When Does Community Conservatism Constrain Village Organizations?” Economic Development and Cultural Change 58(4): 609-41.
de Janvry, Alain, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2010. “Agricultural growth and poverty reduction: Additional evidence.” World Bank Research Observer 25(1): 1-20.
de Janvry, Alain. 2009. “Agriculture for Development: Implications for Agro-industries.” In Carlos da Silva et al. eds. Agro-industries for Development. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK: CAB International.
de Janvry, Alain, Craig McIntosh, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2010. “The Supply- and Demand-Side Impacts of Credit Market Information.” Journal of Development Economics 93(2): 173-188.