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 with special interest in agricultural and development economics, with a touch of applied econometrics. In my dissertation, "Supply response at the field level: disentangling area and yield effects", I use big data techniques, namely remote sensing of satellite data, to assemble a unique dataset of field-level yields for corn and soybeans in the US Midwest. Using this new dataset, I show 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.