Didier Alia joined the Evans School as a Research Associate in September 2017. Dr. Alia is an agricultural economist with broad research interest and expertise in international development in its many dimensions: Agriculture, Health, and Education. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky in 2017, a MSc in Statistics and Economics from Sub-Regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (Cameroon) in 2009, and a MSc from Mathematics from the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin) in 2006.
In his doctoral dissertation, he use agricultural panel survey to explore and assess the effectiveness of various mechanisms and policies in increasing farmers’ investment in modern inputs to improve crop productivity and spur the transformation of African agriculture. Other aspects of his recent research relate to agricultural price analysis, barriers to trade and developing countries access to global markets, and food safety and food regulation in the global food value chain.
During his graduate studies, he spent year as international young fellow in the European Center for Development Policy Management in the Nederland. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a research assistant at the AfricaRice center in Cotonou Benin.