Michael Carter

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Position Title
Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis


Michael R. Carter is a professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Davis and honorary professor of economics at the University of Cape Town.  Carter directs the BASIS MRR Innovation Lab and the I4 Index Insurance Innovation Initiative. His research examines poverty dynamics and productive social safety nets, the impact of violence on aspirations and hope, small farm uptake of improved technologies, and features a suite of projects that design, pilot and evaluate index insurance contracts as mechanisms to alleviate chronic poverty.  Carter is a fellow of NBER, BREAD and the American Agricultural Economics Association, and has served on advisory boards for numerous academic journals and international development NGOs. He is co-editor of The Economics of Poverty Traps (U. of Chicago, 2018).