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I am a fifth year Agricultural & Resource Economics PhD candidate and an Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems Fellow at University of California, Berkeley. I develop and use remote sensing and machine learning tools to study questions in global agriculture. My current projects include quantifying the health benefits of conservation agriculture adoption in Mexico due to reduced residue burning, re-examining the effects of China's Household Responsibility System using historical satellite imagery, and exploring how agricultural productivity shocks due to weather affect civil conflict lieklihood in general equilibrium.

Since starting my PhD at Berkeley, I have worked as a graduate student researcher for Solomon Hsiang, Elisabeth Sadoulet, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, David Zilberman, and Edward Miguel. Before coming to Berkeley I was a Stanford Law Empirical Research Fellow working for Daniel Kessler, I worked as a research assistant for Sean Higgins, and I earned a B.S. in Economics from Tulane University with minors in Mathematics and Portuguese.

Joel Ferguson

Agricultural & Resource Economics PhD Candidate

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