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Travis Lybbert

Travis Lybbert

Associate Professor of Agriculture & Resource Ecnonomics

Agriculture & Resource Economics
One Shields Ave

Davis , CA 95616


  1. Ph.D., Cornell University, Applied Economics, 2004
  2. M.S., Cornell University, Agricultural Economics, 2000
  3. B.A., Utah State University, Economics, 1997


Experience: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ag. & Resource Economics, UC Davis, 2006-2011; Visiting Researcher, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2011; Assistant Professor, Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University, 2004-2006



Travis J. Lybbert, Nicholas Magnan, David Spielman, Kajal Gulati, Anil Bhargava, “Farmers’ Demand for Laser Land Leveling in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, India: An experimental auction to inform market segmentation and targeting strategies” forthcoming American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Travis J. Lybbert and Ghada Elabed, “Olive Oil as an Economic Development Elixir: Olive oil policies and rural poverty alleviation in the Middle East & North Africa” forthcoming Development Policy Review.

Travis J. Lybbert, David R. Just, and Christopher B. Barrett, “Estimating risk preferences in the presence of bifurcated wealth dynamics: Do we misattribute dynamic risk responses to static risk aversion?” forthcoming European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Jenny C. Aker, Christopher Ksoll and Travis J. Lybbert. 2012. “Can Mobile Phones Improve Learning? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Niger” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 4(4): 94-120.

David R. Just and Travis J. Lybbert. 2012. “A Generalized Measure of Marginal Risk Aversion: Experimental Evidence from India and Morocco” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94(2): 444-450.

Michael Carter and Travis J. Lybbert. 2012. “Consumption versus Asset Smoothing: Testing the Implications of Poverty Trap Theory in Burkina Faso” Journal of Development Economics 99: 255-264.

Travis J. Lybbert. 2012. “Hybrid Public-Private Delivery of Preventative Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplement Products: Key Challenges, Opportunities and Players in an Emerging Product Space” SCN News (UN Standing Committee on Nutrition) 39: 32-39.

Travis J. Lybbert and Daniel Sumner. 2012. “Agricultural Technologies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Developing Countries: Policy Options for Innovation and Technology Diffusion” Food Policy 37: 114-123.

Travis J. Lybbert, Abdellah Aboudrare, Deborah Chaloud, Nicholas Magnan, and Maliha S. Nash. 2011. “Booming markets for Moroccan argan oil appear to benefit some rural households while threatening the endemic argan forest” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(34): 13963-13968.

Travis J. Lybbert and John McPeak. 2012. “Risk & Intertemporal Substitution: Livestock Portfolios & Off-take Among Kenyan Pastoralists” Journal of Development Economics 97: 415-426.

Travis J. Lybbert, Troy C. Lybbert, Aaron Smith, and Scott Warren, “Does the Red Flag Rule Induce Risk Taking in Spring Finishes? Moral Hazard Crashes in Cycling’s Grand Tours” Journal of Sports Economics forthcoming.

Nicholas Magnan, Rachid Mrabet, Travis J. Lybbert, and Aziz Fadlaoui. 2011. “The Option Value of Delayed Input Use Under Catastrophic Drought Risk: The case of no-till in Morocco” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93(2): 498-504.

Nicholas Magnan, Travis J. Lybbert, Alex F. McCalla, and Julian A. Lampietti. 2011. “Modeling the Limitations and Implicit Costs of Cereal Self-Sufficiency: The Case of Morocco” Food Security 3 (Suppl 1): S49-S60.

Travis J. Lybbert and Adrian Bell. 2010. “Stochastic Benefit Streams, Learning and Technology Diffusion: Why Drought Tolerance is not the new Bt” AgBioForum 13(1): 13-24. Correspondence in Nature Biotechnology 28(6): 553-554.

Travis J. Lybbert, Nicholas Magnan, and Abdellah Aboudrare. 2010. “Household and Argan Forest Impacts of Morocco’s Argan Oil Bonanza” Environment and Development Economics 15: 439-464.

Travis J. Lybbert, Francisco Galarza, John McPeak, Christopher B. Barrett, Stephen R. Boucher, Michael R. Carter, Sommarat Chantarat, Aziz Fadlaoui, Andrew G. Mude. 2010. “Dynamic Field Experiments in Development Economics: Risk valuation in Morocco, Kenya and Peru” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 39(2): 176-192.

David R. Just and Travis J. Lybbert. 2009. “Risk Averters that Love Risk? Marginal Risk Aversion in Comparison to a Reference Gamble” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91: 612-626.

Christopher R. Gustafson and Travis J. Lybbert. 2009. “What’s Extra Virgin? An Economic Assessment of California’s Olive Oil Labeling Law” Agricultural and Resource Economics Update 12:3 Jan/Feb.

Travis J. Lybbert. 2010. “The Economic Roots of the American “Zigzag”: Knives, Forks, and British Mercantilism” Economic Inquiry 48(3): 810-815.

Travis J. Lybbert and Christopher B. Barrett. 2011. “Risk taking behavior in the presence of nonconvex asset dynamics” Economic Inquiry 49(4): 982-988.

Travis J. Lybbert and W. Douglas Gubler. 2008. “California Wine Grape Growers’ Use of Powdery Mildew Forecasts” Agricultural and Resource Economics Update 11(4) March/April.

Travis J. Lybbert. 2008. “Exploring the Role of Spiritual Capital in Poverty Traps & Microfinance” Faith & Economics 51: 57-79.

Travis J. Lybbert. 2007. “Patent Disclosure Requirements and Benefit Sharing: A counterfactual case of Morocco’s argan oil” Ecological Economics 64: 12-18.

Travis J. Lybbert and David R. Just. 2007. “Is Risk Aversion Really Correlated with Wealth? Spurious correlation from estimated probabilities” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 89: 964-979.

Travis J. Lybbert and Christopher B. Barrett. 2007. “Risk Responses to Dynamic Asset Thresholds” Review of Agricultural Economics 29(3): 412-418.

Travis J. Lybbert. 2007. “Polarization & Pricing to the Rich” Applied Economics Letters 14: 389-394.

Travis J. Lybbert, Christopher B. Barrett, John G. McPeak, and Winnie K. Luseno. 2007. “Bayesian Herders: Updating of Rainfall Beliefs In Response to External Forecasts” World Development 35: 480-497.

Travis J. Lybbert. 2006. “Indian Farmer’s Valuation of Yield Distributions: Will poor farmers value ‘pro-poor’ seeds?” Food Policy 31: 415-441.

Travis J. Lybbert, Christopher B. Barrett, Solomon Desta, and D. Layne Coppock. 2004. “Stochastic Wealth Dynamics and Risk Management Among A Poor Population” Economic Journal 114: 750-777.

Travis J. Lybbert, Christopher B. Barrett, and Hamid Narjisse. 2004. “Does Resource Commercialization Induce Local Conservation? A Cautionary Tale from Southwestern Morocco.” Society & Natural Resources 17: 413-430.

William H. Lesser and Travis J. Lybbert. 2004. “Do Patents Come Too Easy?” IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology 44(3): 381-407.

Travis J. Lybbert. 2002. “On Assessing the Cost of TRIPS Implementation.” World Trade Review 1: 309-319.

Travis J. Lybbert. 2002. “Technology Transfer for Humanitarian Use: Economic Issues and Market Segmentation Approaches.” Intellectual Property Strategy Today 2: 17-24. Revised version in 2003. International Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment 1: 95-99.

Travis J. Lybbert, Christopher B. Barrett, and Hamid Narjisse. 2002. "Market-Based Conservation and Local Benefits: The Case of Argan Oil in Morocco." Ecological Economics 41: 125-144.

Christopher B. Barrett and Travis J. Lybbert. 2000. “Is Bioprospecting A Viable Strategy for Conserving Tropical Ecosystems?” Ecological Economics 34: 293-300.

Travis J. Lybbert and Dawn Thilmany. 2000. “Migration Effects of Olympic Siting: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Host Regions.” The Annals of Regional Science 34(3): 405-420.

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