Dr. Monica Fisher

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Monica Fisher is an Applied Economist currently working as a Senior Researcher at the University of Idaho where she conducts research on Latina entrepreneurship. Previously she worked as an Adoption and Impact Assessment Economist at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Prior to joining CIMMYT in 2012, Fisher was an Assistant Professor at Oregon State University and a Research Fellow/Team Leader of IFPRI’s Malawi Strategy Support Program. She holds a PhD in agricultural economics from Purdue University, USA (2003). Fisher’s research shares a geographical focus on sub-Saharan Africa and concerns a range of topics related to poverty, economic development, and the environment.

Past research has used data she collected in Senegal, Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya as well as large secondary datasets such as the Living Standards Measurement Study and the Demographic and Health Surveys. Fisher’s research has been funded by the United States Agency for International Development, the US National Science Foundation, the US National Institutes of Health, the Brookings Institution, and Fulbright Hays.