Michael Carter

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Position Title
Director, Resilience+ Innovation Facility


Michael R. Carter is the founding director of the Resilience+ Innovation Facility. He is a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis and an Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town. He also directs the USAID-supported Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk & Resilience. His research examines poverty dynamics and productive social safety nets, the impact of violence on aspirations and hope, small farm uptake of improved technologies, and features a suite of projects that design, pilot and evaluate index insurance contracts as mechanisms to alleviate chronic poverty.  Carter is a fellow of NBER, BREAD and the American Agricultural Economics Association, and has served on advisory boards for numerous academic journals and international development NGOs. He is co-editor of The Economics of Poverty Traps (U. of Chicago, 2018).