Yoko Kusunose
Associate Professor

Professional Profile

The majority of my work is in international development economics, particularly production risk, coping mechanisms, income portfolios, and input decisions of agricultural households. My other main research interests are the i) value of weather and climate forecasts, ii) crop genetic diversity, and iii) food policy in general. I received my PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California-Davis, and earned my undergraduate degree from Stanford University. I grew up near Seattle, and have worked as a fishmonger at one point in my life.

Contact me for assistance with:

Development economics, economics of information, food economics, crop genetic diversity

Recent Publications:

Kusunose, Y., N. Mason, and S. T. Tembo (2020), The role of liquidity in preventing dis-investment in crop inputs: Evidence from Zambia, Journal of African Economies. https://doi.org/10.1093/jae/ejz031

Bagh, A. and Y. Kusunose (2019), On the economic value of signals, The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, published on-line (ahead of print): https://doi.org/10.1515/bejte-2018-0191

Kusunose, Y., L. X. Ma, D. A. Van Sanford (2019), User responses to imperfect forecasts: findings from an experiment with Kentucky wheat farmers, Weather, Climate, and Society, published on-line (ahead of print): https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-18-0135.1

Rignall, K. E. and Y. Kusunose (2018), Governing livelihood and land use transitions: the role of customary tenure in southeastern Morocco, Land Use Policy, 78:91-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.03.035

Kusunose, Y. and R. Mahmood (2016), Imperfect forecasts and decision making in agriculture, Agricultural Systems, 146:103-110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2016.04.006


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