Matthieu Stigler

Agriculture and Development Economics using Big Data


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I am an agricultural and development economist specialized in using satellite data techniques to gain new insights in economics. I am currently a post-doctoral Fellow at Stanford's Center for Food Security and the Environment, and obtained my PhD from UC Davis- Agricultural Economics

I my research, I use big data techniques like remote sensing of satellite data to assemble a very large dataset of field-level yields for corn and soybeans in the US Midwest. In my dissertation, I showed that supply response has been previously under-estimated, due to a composition bias where higher prices induce not only an increase in yields, but also an increase in fields with lower yields. In a recent paper, I investigate how this dataset can help us understand a puzzle in crop insurance, the very limited success of index insurance.