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Aleksandr Michuda






2021-present Assistant Research Professor Center for Data Science for Enterprise and Society, Cornell University


2021 Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis PhD
2014 Economics CUNY Hunter College BA/MA
2014 Philosophy CUNY Hunter College BA


Tabetando, Rayner, Djomo Choumbou Raoul Fani, Catherine Ragasa, and Aleksandr Michuda. “Land market responses to weather shocks: evidence from rural Uganda and Kenya.” European Review of Agricultural Economics 50, no. 3 (2023): 954-977.

Vosti, Stephen A., Katherine P. Adams, Aleksandr Michuda, Karen Ortiz‐Becerra, Hanqi Luo, Demewoz Haile, Victoria B. Chou et al. “Impacts of micronutrient intervention programs on effective coverage and lives saved: Modeled evidence from Cameroon.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1519, no. 1 (2023): 199-210.

Gupta, Anubhab, Heng Zhu, Miki Khanh Doan, Aleksandr Michuda, and Binoy Majumder. “Economic impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown in a remittance-dependent region.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 103, no. 2 (2021): 466-485.

Michuda, Aleksandr, Rachael E. Goodhue, Mark Hoffmann, and Steven A. Fennimore. “Predicting Net Returns of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Following Soil Disinfestation with Steam or Steam Plus Additives.” Agronomy 11, no. 1 (2021): 149.

Michuda, Aleksandr, Rachael Goodhue, Karen Klonsky, Graeme Baird, Lucinda Toyama, Margherita Zavatta, Joji Muramoto, and Carol Shennan. “The economic viability of suppressive crop rotations for the control of verticillium wilt in organic strawberry production.” Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 43, no. 9 (2019): 984-1008.

Cabanillas, Oscar Barriga, Jeffrey D. Michler, Aleksandr Michuda, and Emilia Tjernström. “Fitting and interpreting correlated random-coefficient models using Stata.” Stata Journal 18, no. 1 (2018): 159-173.

Working Papers

Bird, Samuel S.; Michuda, Aleksandr. “Ethnicity and voting at scale: Evidence from Uganda.” (2023) Submitted

Tjernström, Emilia, Dalia Ghanem, Oscar Barriga Cabanillas, Travis J. Lybbert, Jeffrey D. Michler, and Aleksandr Michuda. “A Group Random Coefficient Approach to Modeling Heterogeneous Returns to Technology Adoption.” (2023) Revise and Resubmit, Econometrica

Michuda, Aleksandr. “Rural-Urban Risk Sharing Networks: Uber Driver Labor Supply Responses To Shocks In Uganda.” (2023)

Michuda, Aleksandr, Cristina Chiarella, Oscar Barriga-Cabanillas, and Juan Sebastian Correa. “Genetic Dilution erodes productivity: Exploring farmers’ low adoption levels of improved maize in Ethiopia.” (2022)

Doan, Miki Khanh, Aleksandr Michuda, Heng Zhu, Anubhab Gupta, and Binoy Majumder. “Livelihood Strategies in a Climate-change Vulnerable Region.” (2022)

Michuda, Aleksandr, and Michael Kevane. “Classification into ethnic groups in Burkina Faso using names and localities.” (2022)

Works in Progress

Chris Barrett, Aleksandr Michuda, David Newhouse, Elizabeth Tennant, and Joanna Upton. “Using Data Fusion to Improve Human Capital Indicators”

Aleksandr Michuda, Abhilasha Sahay, Nivedhitha Subramanian. “H-1B Policy and Women’s Labor Force Participation: A study of the Indian Marriage Market”

Aleksandr Michuda. “Revisiting Urban Migrants’ Responses to Rural Weather Shocks.”

Aleksandr Michuda. “Rideshare Platforms with Savings Mechanisms: Implications for Urban Household Welfare.”

Brennan Antone and Aleksandr Michuda. “Transactive Memory Systems in Boda-boda Networks.”

Aleksandr Michuda and Alfredo Torrico. “The Boda Driver Adoption Decision: Centrally Planned Stages or Decentralized Matching?”

Isaac Ahimbisibwe and Aleksandr Michuda. “Ugandan Surname Prediction Validation”

Karen Ortiz-Becerra, Adriana Molina Garzon and Aleksandr Michuda. “UAVs and Emergency Medical Supply Chains.”

Book Chapters and Other Publications

Carter, Michael R., and Aleksandr Michuda. “The Distribution of Productive Assets and the Economics of Rural Development and Poverty Reduction.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Development Economics, pp. 377-408. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2019.

Michuda, Aleksandr, Rachael Goodhue, Joji Muramoto, and Carol Shennan. “Crop Rotations Can Increase Net Returns in Organic Strawberry and Vegetable Production Systems.” ARE Update 20(6)(2017): 5-8. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

Michuda, A., Ortiz-Becerra, K., Adams, K., Jarvis, M., Somda, H., Arnold, C., … & Vosti, S. (2022). minimod: An Open Source Python Package to Evaluate the Cost Effectiveness of Micronutrient Intervention Programs. Current Developments in Nutrition, 6(Supplement_1), 776-776.


2023 Special Issue Guest Editor Harvard Data Science Review 5.3
Reinforcing Reproducibility And Replicability

Peer Review

Journal of Agricultural and Food Economics; American Journal of Agricultural Economics; Socio-Economic Planning Sciences; Food Policy; The Journal of African Economies


Fall 2023 Empirical Methods for Applied Economists Instructor Cornell University
Summer 2019 Undergraduate Econometrics Instructor UC Davis
Fall 2018 Microeconomics TA UC Davis


Summer 2023 - Present GAIN Mentor
Fall 2022 - Present Mentor for STAAARS+
Fall 2017 - Present BITSS Catalyst Grant
2017 Graduate Student Association President

Languages and Skills

English: Fluent

Russian: Fluent

Ukrainian: Conversational

Technical Skills

Python, R, Stata, GitHub, Bash, GAMS

Past Experience

July 2023 - August 2023 Breakthrough Tech AI Faculty Lead Mentor Summer 2024 - Machine Learning Foundations
April 2023 - Present World Bank Corporation Short-Term Consultant Using Data Fusion to Improve Human Capital Indicators
January 2020 - July 2022 UC Davis Consultant MINIMOD - Optimal Nutritional Interventions across Space and Time
September 2019 - December 2019 Uber Inc. Data Science Intern Pricing and Demand
July 2016 - September 2019 UC Davis Research Assistant Disease Suppressive Crop Rotations


NEUDC 2022 Genetic Dilution erodes productivity: Exploring farmers’ low adoption levels of improved maize in Ethiopia
PACDEV 2022 Urban Labor Supply Responses to Rural Drought Shocks on Rideshare Platforms.
NEUDC 2021 Urban Labor Supply Responses to Rural Drought Shocks on Rideshare Platforms.
BITSS RT2 2020 Dynamic Documents with Jupyter Notebooks
AAEA 2019 Evaluating a Systems Approach to Suppressive Crop Rotations in Strawberry Production
AAEA 2018 Political Contributions and the Case of South African Land Reform
AAEA 2017 The Economic Viability of Suppressive Crop Rotations in Organic Strawberry Production
Empirically Estimating the Impact of Weather on Agriculture
EEA 2014 The Russian Mir and Agrarian Transition
CUNY’s UGRC 2013 Large Frontiers and Coercion: An Economic Perspective

Scholarships and Awards

Spring 2024 Einaudi Center Faculty Seed Grant
The Welfare Effects of UAV Healthcare Delivery on the Migration Decision
Summer 2023 Azure Cloud Computing Grant
H-1B Policy and Women’s Labor Force Participation: A study of the Indian Marriage Market
Summer 2022 NSF OSP: 142678
Conference on Reproducibility and Replicability in Economics and Social Sciences (CRRESS)
Summer 2022 Dyson AEP Faculty Seed Grant
The Surname-Ethnicity Connection: A Validation Exercise
Spring 2022 Dyson AEP Faculty Seed Grant
Climate induced soil salinity impacts on agricultural productivity and livelihood diversification in the Sundarbans, India
Winter 2021 (CGIAR) SPIA small grant for agricultural innovations in Ethiopia
Fall 2014 - Spring 2016 Steindler Fellowship
Spring 2017 Henry A. Jastro Grant
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