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Lisa Daniels

Hodson Trust Associate Professor of Economics; Associate Professor of Economics in the International Studies Program

Biographic Note

Professor Daniels joined the Washington College faculty in the fall of 1996. She specializes in economic development with a focus on Africa. She began her work in Africa in 1982 when she joined the Peace Corps in Cameroon. After four years in Cameroon as an advisor to coffee, cocoa, and palm oil marketing cooperatives, Professor Daniels returned to the U.S. for a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University. While studying for her graduate degrees, she continued to work in Africa on horticultural marketing in the Gambia, market information systems in Chad, and small enterprises in Botswana, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Following the completion of her Ph.D., she directed a national survey of small enterprises in Kenya in 1994. Overall, she spent a total of eight years living and working in Africa.

During her time at Washington College, Professor Daniels has continued to do research on the small enterprise sector in developing countries. In 1999 she designed a survey to measure profits and net worth of small enterprises as a consultant for a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development. In 2003, she made three trips to Bangladesh where she was the team leader of a national survey of the small-enterprise sector. She has also published several articles on the small-enterprise sector in the Journal of International Development, World Development, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Small Enterprise Development, and Les BDS, L’Actualité des Services aux Enterprises. Her research also appears in two book chapters in African Development Perspectives Yearbook, and African Entrepreneurship: Themes and Realities.

In addition to her work on the small enterprise sector, Professor Daniels and a co-author conducted research related to the impact of world markets on poor farmers in Benin. This research was used by Brazil and 14 other countries as part of a testimony at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. It was also published in Agricultural Economics.

Currently Professor Daniels is on sabbatical in Uganda where she is doing research on poverty trends. Her research on poverty trends and measurements using nonmonetary indicators has been selected for presentation at the fourth Wye Global Conference in Rio d Janeiro, Brazil in November 2011.


Research Interests

Poverty measures, micro and small enterprises in developing countries


Teaching Interests

Macroeconomics, International Development, Economics of Poverty

Professional Experience

Courses Taught

ECN 111, Principles of Macroeconomic Theory
ECN 112, Principles of Microeconomic Theory
ECN 212, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECN 215, Data Analysis I
ECN 218, Economic Development
ECN 219, Human Resource Economics
ECN 312, Public Finance
ECN 415, Government and Business
GEN 112, Gender and Multiculturalism
CNW 242, World Poverty and Inequality