Dewan Abdullah Al Rafi

Bio/Research Interests

Rafi completed his B.S. in Agricultural Economics at Bangladesh Agricultural University and he has previous experience of working with FAO and IRRI Bangladesh office. He is enthusiastic about researching development economics and impact analysis fields. Rafi plans to continue his studies with a Ph.D. after completing his MS.

Lorin Rudin-Rush

Bio/Research Interests

Lorin’s research interests include the economic impact of environmental degradation in extractive resources, and household economic resiliency to catastrophic events. Before studying at the University of Arizona, he worked as a Practice Transition Coordinator and Statistician at a medical clinic in Tucson. Lorin plans to pursue a Ph.D. in environmental and resource economics after completing the degree in AREC.

Microeconomics of Agricultural Development

Eight hundred million people in our world are hungry. Sixteen thousand children die each day from hunger-related causes. World Bank figures show that three billion people live on less than $2.50 dollars per day. Many of these people live in rural areas and most of these people make their meager living from agricultural production and services. This course presents the student with an in-depth understanding of the economics of the rural poor, particularly those in the agricultural sector.

The Poverty and Development of Nations

Nearly one billion people live on $2.00 or less per day. This course is designed to introduce students to the causes, constraints, contexts, and potential solutions associated with poverty and economic development. Although this class is an economics course, helpful insights from anthropology, political science, ethics/worldview, psychology, sociology, history, etc. are incorporated into the presentations and discussions to capture the multi-dimensionality (i.e. holistic nature) and complexity of economic development.