Maria Porter

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Position Title
Assistant Professor of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University

AMA Innovation Lab Principal Investigator


Maria Porter is an assistant professor of agricultural, food and resource economics at Michigan State University. She is currently involved in research projects in Burkina Faso, China, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom, as well as in Michigan. Her research involves work in labor economics, impact evaluation, intra-household labor allocation decisions, factors influencing households’ adoption of new crops and agricultural technologies, understanding adult children’s motivations for giving transfers and support to parents, and household bargaining between spouses. She employs a variety of research methods, including randomized control trials, laboratory experiments, and survey data analysis. Porter holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and was a research fellow at the University of Oxford.