Abigail Brainard

Student NameAbigail Brainard
Faculty Mentor NameTravis McArthur
CollegeCollege of Agricultural and Life Sciences
MajorFood and Resource Economics
MinorInternational Development and Humanitarian Assistance, Nonprofit Organizational Leadership
Research InterestsInternational development, poverty alleviation, agricultural markets, food security
Academic AwardsDean’s List – Hillsborough Community College summer 2018
Florida Academic Scholars Award
University Scholars Program 2020
Hobbies and InterestsGardening, hiking, reading, live music (especially jazz)

Research Project

Privatization of Ejido Land In Mexico And Neoclassical Models Of Development?

This research analyzes the micro-economic factors that have led to a wave of privatization of formerly communally-cultivated farmland in Mexico, specifically Mexican ejido land. It uses indicators such as amount of land held, distance from an urban center, rental rates for
land, and presence of agricultural technologies to predict privatization of ejidos, and compares and contrasts these factors with neoclassical models of development.