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Emilia Tjernström

Emilia Tjernström

Expert on development economics, with a focus on agricultural technology adoption, social networks, political economy, and the role of beliefs and learning in shaping decision-making.

Assistant professor, Public Affairs and Agricultural and Applied Economics College of Agricultural and Life Sciences La Follette School of Public Affairs Work: 608-262-6278 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @etjernst


  • Economic development and policy
  • Social networks and technology diffusion
  • Applied econometrics and impact evaluation


  • Received Gordon A. King Award for Best Dissertation (best PhD dissertation filed at University of California-Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics)
  • Research published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Ecological Economics, and the Journal of Media Economics, Stata Journal, and World Development
  • Taylor Hibbard award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 2018
  • Winner of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's 40 for 40 Fellowship, 2018