Pierre E. Biscaye

PhD Candidate in Agricultural & Resource Economics | University of California at Berkeley 

Hello, I am PhD candidate in Agricultural & Resource Economics at UC Berkeley on the 2023-2024 job market. I am a development economist and apply tools from microeconomics to study questions related to labor, gender, agriculture, and the environment, primarily exploiting natural experiments and publicly available data to conduct empirical research. 

My dissertation explores how natural disasters affect livelihood decisions over time in different countries in Africa. My Job Market Paper analyzes the relationship between agricultural shocks and conflict in the short and long term using data on locust swarms and conflict events across African and Arabian Peninsula.

I have a Master's of Public Administration with a concentration on International Development from the University of Washington Evans School, and a BA in International Studies from Whitworth University. I was a Research & Strategic Initiatives Manager at the Evans School Policy Analysis & Research Group (EPAR), and before that worked for non-profit organizations on projects in East and West Africa. I have worked in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania on a variety of development projects, and growing up lived for 10 years in Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, and Cambodia. 

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CONTACT Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

University of California

207 Giannini Hall #3310

Berkeley, CA 94720 United States