Robert Andrade
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota


Robert Andrade is a Ph.D. student in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota working as a Graduate Research Assistant jointly for the International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He graduated from Virginia Tech with a M.Sc. in Agricultural and Applied Economics in 2008 and received his degree in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in 2005. He worked at CIAT for 3 years as an Impact Assessment Researcher and at the National Agricultural Research Institute of Ecuador (INIAP) for 6 years as an Agricultural Economics Researcher. His primary research interests lie in evaluating economic returns of agricultural innovation. He has published two articles in refereed journals and co-author several book chapters. He is currently working on two manuscripts, one on updating and reassessing the evidence of the economic returns of research and development in agriculture in Latin America and the other on developing innovative methods for assessing the economic impacts of agricultural research. After completing his studies, he is interested in working in an agricultural research institute focusing on agricultural innovation towards poverty reduction and human nutrition improvement.