Amarachi Utah

Office Address: 
249 McNeil
Ph.D. Candidate, Demography, University of Pennsylvania
MA, International Development Economics, American University, 2012
JD, Law, Villanova University, 2008
BS, Finance and Banking, Lincoln University, 2005
Entered Program: 
2015
Trainee Type: 
NICHD Trainee
Dissertation Chair: 
Hans-Peter Kohler
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Jere R. Behrman
Dissertation Committee Member: 
Michel Guillot
Since 2010, Amarachi has worked as a Research Analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) conducting macro policy analysis of agricultural trade strategy, food security, and micro-level household farm behavior linked to agricultural and regional economy-wide models. During this time she also worked as a consultant with the Development Economics Unit of the World Bank’s Agriculture and Rural Development Division where she worked extensively on the implementation of several rounds of the Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) administered by the World Bank in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Malawi. Amarachi’s primary research interests include food security, labor, migration, growth, structural transformation and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to University of Pennsylvania, Amarachi completed her JD in International Law from Villanova University, and her MA in Development Economics from American University.