Brian Dillon

Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
Ph.D., Cornell University
(206) 221-4601


Brian Dillon is an economist whose work explores the link between investment, market participation, and individuals' perceptions of risk and uncertainty, with emphases on agriculture, health, and education in East Africa. Other research interests include the link between food markets and energy markets, traditional land tenure regimes in East Africa, and partial identification problems in econometrics. He works primarily in Tanzania and Kenya, but has participated in numerous multi-country projects involving other countries in Africa. Brian received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 2011. He earned a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.Phil. in Economics as a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the Evans School faculty he spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Cornell Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Brian has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Institute for Social Sciences at Cornell University. He has lived in Guatemala, Vietnam, and Tanzania, working on a variety of research and development initiatives.

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Areas of specialization 


Recent Publications 

  • “Using Mobile Phones to Collect Panel Data in Developing Countries.” Journal of International Development, 24(4), May 2012: 518-527.

Professional service 

  • Referee for Food Policy, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of African Economies, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, UK Department for International Development, World Bank

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