About

I am a PhD student in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. I also work as a Research Assistant at the Minnesota Population Center. 

I received my MS degree in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. Previously I was a Research Associate in the Global Development Lab at USAID in Washington DC and a Research Assistant at the Africa Theological Seminary in Kitale, Kenya.

My research covers a broad range of topics relating to development economics. I’ve experience with qualitative and quantitate research on business firms in both Ghana and in Kenya. Of particular interest to me during this research was the impacts of business training development interventions. I’ve also done some research on migration patterns of refugees recently resettled in the United States. During my MS degree program I spent time performing research in Myanmar – seeking to learn more about the emerging evidence on personal aspirations, poverty alleviation, and the success of development programs. 

I am a graduate of Calvin College where I completed a B.A. in Economics and a minor in International Development with a focus in African Studies. Through most of my college career I was a YoungLife leader at a local high school. In 2012 I was the co-director of the annual Faith and International Development Conference. I also studied for a semester at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana at Legon in Accra, Ghana.

Connect with me! I am fairly active on Twitter. Here is a link to my CV. Here is a link to my Google Scholar page. Drop me an email at bloem.jeff [at] gmail [dot] com.

While receiving the MSU-AFRE Graduate Research Symposium "Best Presentation for In-Progress Research Award" with Dr. Scott Swinton

While receiving the MSU-AFRE Graduate Research Symposium “Best Presentation for In-Progress Research Award” in 2016 with Dr. Scott Swinton

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