William J. Burke, PhD

Assistant Professor, International Development
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics,
Michigan State University

William Burke has been involved in international development issues since 2001, when he worked with small farmers as an Agriculture and Forestry specialist with the Peace Corps in The Gambia.  He has been at MSU since 2004 where he has focused on modeling household behavior to explain the impacts of government policy in Zambia and Kenya. Since early 2010 Burke has been conducting field research linked to the Food Security Research Project in Lusaka, Zambia. His objective is to work in a position where he can continue conducting research in Africa and make relevant contributions to current policy debates that will positively impact the lives of the impoverished.

Office: +260 211 221021

Mobile: +260 974 004938
From US: 443-303-2300

E-mail: burkewi2@msu.edu

Cape Town 2010
In Cape Town for the IAAE Conference, Sept. 2010


PhD, Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University 2012
Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University 2009
BA, Econonmics, Washington College 2000


Full CV

Peer Reviewed Publications

Burke, W.J. 2009. "Fitting and Interpreting Cragg's Tobit Alternative Using Stata." Stata Journal 9(4): 584-592. (On-line Support)

Xu, Z., W.J. Burke, T.S. Jayne and J. Govereh. 2009. "Do Input Subsidy Programs 'Crowd in' or 'Crowd out' Commercial Market Development?  Modeling Fertilizer Demand in a Two-Channel Marketing System."  Agricultural Economics 40(1): 79-94.

Working Papers

Burke, W.J., T.S. Jayne and J.R. Black. 2012.  "Getting More ‘Bang for the Buck’: Diversifying Subsidies Beyond Fertilizer and Policies Beyond Subsidies." FSRP Policy Synthesis No. 52. Lusaka, Zambia.

Burke, W.J., T.S. Jayne and N.J. Sitko. 2012.  "Can the FISP More Effectively Achieve Food Production and Poverty Reduction Goals?" FSRP Policy Synthesis No. 51. Lusaka, Zambia

Jayne, T.S., N. Mason, W.J. Burke A. Shipekesa, A. Chapoto and C. Kabaghe. 2011. "Mountains of Maize, Persistent Poverty." FSRP Policy Synthesis No. 48. Lusaka, Zambia.

Mason, N., W.J. Burke, A. Shipekesa and T.S. Jayne. 2011. "The 2011 Surplus in Smallholder Maize Production in Zambia: Drivers, Beneficiaries and Implications for Agricultural and Poverty Reduction Policies." FSRP Working Paper 58. Lusaka, Zambia.

Burke, W.J., M. Hichaambwa, D. Banda and T.S. Jayne. 2011. "The Cost of Maize Production by Smallholder Farmers in Zambia." Food Security Research Project Working Paper #50, Lusaka, Zambia.

Muyanga, M., T.S. Jayne, and W.J. Burke. 2010. "Pathways into and out of Poverty:  A Study of Rural Household Wealth Dynamics in Kenya." Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development Working Paper WPS 39/2010, Egerton University, Nairobi.

Burke, W.J., T.S. Jayne, and A. Chapoto. 2010. "Factors Contributing to Zambia’s 2010 Maize Bumper Harvest." Food Security Research Project Working Paper #48, Lusaka, Zambia.

Burke, W.J. and T.S. Jayne. 2008, "Spatial Disadvantages or Spatial Poverty Traps: Household Evidence from Rural Kenya."  International Development Working Paper #93, Department of Agriculture Food and Resource Economics, MSU.  

Burke, W.J., T.S. Jayne, P. Kristjanson and H.A. Freeman. 2007. "Factors Associated with Farm Households' Movements Into and Out of Poverty in Kenya: The Rising Importance of Livestock." International Development Working Paper #90, Department of Agriculture Food and Resource Economics, MSU

Master's Thesis

Burke, W.J. 2009. "Triple Hurdle Model of Smallholder Production and Particiaption in Kenya's Dairy Sector." Thesis committee is Thom Jayne (chair), Robert Myers and Lisa D. Cook.

Doctoral Dissertation

Burke, W.J. 2012. "Maize Production in Zambia and Regional Marketing: Input Productivity and Output Price Transmission." Examination committee is Thom Jayne (chair), J. Roy Black, R. Myers and J. Wooldridge.

Articles in Progress

Burke, W.J. and T.S. Jayne.  "Smallholder Land Ownership in Kenya: Determinants of distribution between households and changes within households over time"

Burke, W.J.,  T.S. Jayne and R.J. Myers "Triple Hurdle Model of Production and Participation in Kenya's Dariy Market"

Burke, W.J. and T. S. Jayne "Spatial Disadvantages or Spatial Poverty Traps"


2010 - Best Paper of 2009 in Agricultural Economics for "Do input subsidy programs 'crown in' or 'crowd out' commercial market development: Modeling fertilizer demand in a two-channel marketing system."

2010 - Best Master's Thesis of 2009, Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University.