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Steven Helfand

Steven Helfand is associate professor of economics at the University of California Riverside. He specializes in issues related to poverty, inequality, and economic development in Latin America. Most of his recent research examines the role of public policies in reducing rural poverty in Brazil, including evaluations of land reform policies, agricultural productivity enhancing policies, and conditional cash transfer policies. He is currently working on several projects about productivity, poverty, and the future of small farms in Brazil. Helfand was chair of Latin American Studies at UCR from 2002 to 2006, director of the UC Education Abroad Program in Brazil from 2006 to 2009, and the 2010–11 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in the UCR College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has a PhD and MS in agricultural and resource economics, both from the University of California Berkeley.

development economics, agricultural economics, Brazil, Latin America

Steering Committee member, current