(Last Updated: Nov 26, 2020 14:19)

Christopher Edmonds

Department of Business Economics

Associate Professor


  1. 1998 Ph.D. - University of California – Berkeley, Agriculture and Resource Economics
  2. 1991 M.S. - University of California – Berkeley, Agriculture and Resource Economics
  3. 1988 M.S. - University of Chicago, Public Policy Studies
  4. 1985 B.S. - Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations

Teaching and Research Interests:

Teaching: Development Economics (graduate & undergraduate), International Economics, International Environmental Policy, Macroeconomics, and Tourism. Research areas: Economics of Climate Change and Disasters, International Trade (applied), Rural Development, and Tourism Economics.

Academic Appointments/Professional Experience


Senior Economist, Asian Development Bank (Pacific Department)


Assistant Professor/Specialist (Economics), University of Hawaii-Mānoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources


Senior Economist and Rural Development Economist, Asian Development Bank (Strategy and Policy Department and East Asia Department)


Research Fellow, East-West Center


Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii-Mānoa (Economics Department)


Economist, Asian Development Bank (Economics Research Department)


Affiliate Scientist, International Rice Research Institute (Social Science Division)

Fellowship & Grants


Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Agriculture


Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship


J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Fellowship for Dissertation Research


Social Science Research Council International Pre-Dissertation Fellowship,


American Society for Public Administration, Chicago Chapter, Student of the Year


Awarded Presidential Management Internship


Urban Policy Scholar, University of Chicago (full tuition/stipend)

Selected Publications/Conference Papers

“Increasing Fiscal Resilience to Disasters in the Pacific” With I. Noy. Natural Hazards, Vol. 97, Issue 3 (2019), pp.1375-1393.

“The Economics of Disaster Risk and Impacts in the Pacific.” With I. Noy. Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, Vol. 27, Issue 5 (2018), pp.478-494.

“Assessing the impact of Road Development on Household Welfare in Rural Papua New Guinea.” With M. Wiegand, E. Koomen, M. Pradhan, and B. Andrée. In Financing Infrastructure in Asia: Capturing Impacts and New Sources, published by the Asian Development Bank Institute (2018), 189-235.

“Sustainability Implications of the Evolution of Rice Farming amid Rural Poverty: The Case of the Chhotanagpur Plateau in Eastern India.” With P. Banik and N. Fuwa. Journal of Sustainable Development, 7 (Number 4, 2014): 282-297.

“Effect of Approved Destination Status on Mainland Chinese Travel Abroad.” With S. Arita and S. LaCroix. Asian Economic Journal, 28 (Number 3, 2014): 217-237.

“A Cost Analysis of EPA and DHA in Fish, Supplements, and Foods.” With C. Watters, L. Rosner, K. Sloss, and P.S. Leung. Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, 2 (Issue 8, 2012): 2-8.

China Trade: Busting Gravity’s Bounds.” With S. LaCroix and Y. Li. Journal of Asian Economics, 19 (November-December, 2008): 455-466.

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