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 working at the intersection of labor and environmental economics. My research uses survey, spatial, and administrative data and applied econometrics tools to study questions related to conflict, labor supply, agricultural transformation, and energy primarily in African countries. 


My dissertation explores how natural disasters affect livelihood decisions over time in different countries in Africa. My Job Market Paper analyzes the dynamic effect of agricultural shocks on the risk of conflict over time using data on locust swarms and conflict events across Africa and the 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. 


Outside of work, I love listening to and playing music, hiking and running, playing basketball and ultimate frisbee, board games, and reading. My current favorite thing to do is play with my two daughters.


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CONTACT Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

University of California

207 Giannini Hall #3310

Berkeley, CA 94720 United States

pbiscaye@berkeley.edu