Research Areas

I use applied microeconomic methods to study overlapping issues in international development, agriculture, health, nutrition, and cannabis policy.

Development Economics

Research focuses on poverty, food security, and household decision making. Previous work includes leading large evaluations of food assistance and social protection programs in Ethiopia and Yemen. Current projects include a USAID-funded RCT in Bangladesh evaluating risk and credit constraints in agricultural storage technology decisions.

Published papers

Peterman, A., Schwab, B., Roy, S., Hidrobo, M., and D. Gilligan. (2021). Measuring women’s decisionmaking: Indicator choice and survey design experiments from cash and food transfer evaluations in Ecuador, Uganda and Yemen. World Development. 141 (May) [open access]

Schwab, B., Janzen, S., Magnan, N., and W. Thompson. “swindex: Constructing a summary index using the standardized inverse covariance weighted average of indicators.” Stata Journal. 204(4): 952-964 [files]

Working Papers/ In-progress

Hodjo, M., Kere, M., Milougo, V., Sririvastava, A. and B. Schwab. Demand for agricultural mechanization in the Hauts-Bassins Region (HBR) in Burkina Faso.

Schwab, B.  and M. Hodjo.  Who Has the Time? The Gendered Division of Agricultural Labor and Demand for Mechanized Services in Ethiopia

Cannabis Production, Land Use and Policy

An ongoing research program examines the implications of changing cannabis policy on agriculture, the environment, and rural land use and values. Ongoing projects include an examination of cannabis formalization and compliance in California, hemp adoption and decision making in Kansas, and the selection of medical providers into the medical marijuana system in three states.

Published Papers

Ebert, K., Hoch, B., Taylor, H., & B. Schwab. (2020). “From the ground up: A look at Kansas’ first year of industrial hemp production.” Western Economics Forum, 18(2), December.

Schwab, B. (2020). Media Review: What happens when a state grows way too much weed? American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 102(3): 1050-1052.

Schwab, B., A. Wartenberg and V. Butsic. (2019). Characteristics of farms applying for cannabis cultivation permits. California Agriculture, 73(3): 128-135

Butsic, V., Schwab, B., Baumann, M., and J.C. Brenner (2017). Inside the Emerald Triangle: Modeling the placement and size of cannabis production in Humboldt County, CA USA. Ecological Economics, 142: 70-80.

Brandt, J., Butsic, V., Schwab, B., Radloff, V. and T. Kuemmerle. (2015). The relative effectiveness of protected areas, a logging ban, and sacred areas for old-growth forest protection in southwest China. Biological Conservation. 181: 1-8

Working Papers/In-Progress

Schwab, B. and V. Butsic. Green Acres: Cannabis agriculture, formalization and rural land values in Northern California. Revise and Resubmit, American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Agriculture, Health and Nutrition

Research focuses on health and labor market rewards in the US, as well as cross-cutting issues in food safety and nutrition across the globe.

Published Papers

Namingit, S., Blankneau, W. and B. Schwab. Sick and Tell: A field experiment analyzing the effects of an illness-related employment gap on the callback rate. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (in-press)

Schwab, B., and R. Armah. (2019). Can food safety shortfalls disrupt ‘Ag for Nutrition’ gains? Evidence from Eid al Adha. Food Policy. 83(C): 170-179

Cowan, B. and B. Schwab. (2016). Employer sponsored health insurance and the gender wage gap. Journal of Health Economics. 45(1): 103-114

Cowan, B. & B. Schwab. (2011). The Incidence of the healthcare costs of smoking, Journal of Health Economics 30(5): 1094-1102

Working Papers/In-Progress

Gajigo, O. & Schwab, B. The rhythm of the rains: Seasonal effects on child health in The

Embaye, Weldensie T.,Bergtold, J., Schwab, B., Zereyesus, Y. A. Modeling farm productivity for heterogeneous farm households in developing countries

Schwab, B. Nutrition, education and development: The case of Vitamin D milk.

Schwab, B. Maternal fasting during Ramadan and child health: Evidence from 40 countries.


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