2021 AREC Master of Science alum Emil Kee-Tui's thesis titled "Labor, Credit, and Markets: Evidence from the Philippines, 1970-2016" has been selected by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) for the 2022 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award. The department congratulates Emil for his incredible research work and, thanks go out to Emil's thesis committee members for their support and guidance.
Emil will be recognized at the 2022 AAEA Annual Meeting in California in August. Emil's thesis advisors were AREC faculty members Dr. Anna Josephson and Dr. Jeff Michler, and The Colby College's Dr. Daniel R. LaFave.
“My thesis is about if rice farmers in central Luzon province of the Philippines have access to complete markets. Market completeness means that any good or service can be purchased now or in the future. Incomplete markets can prevent farmers from efficiently using production technology to maximize their farm profits like a classic firm. I find that rice farmers do not have access to complete markets.
I’m extremely honored and grateful to receive this award. A lot of work went into that project and it feels good to receive some validation from members of the field that my time was spent well.
I’m currently a first year PhD student at Cornell in Applied Economics and Management. My goal for getting my PhD is to conduct research in international development.”