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Department of Human Sciences Directory

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Michael Betz

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Human Development and Family Science

(614) 292-0036
betz.40@osu.edu

Education

  • PhD Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University (2011)
  • B.A. International Studies, The Ohio State University (2005)

Experience

  • Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (September 2013-present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (April 2011-August 2013)
  • Adjunct Professor, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH (August 2011-May 2012)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (August 2010-March 2011)
  • Adjunct Professor, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH (March 2010-June 2010)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (August 2006-June 2010)

Presentations

  • Webinar, “Poverty & Other Socioeconomic Distress in the North Central Region: Assessing Trends.” North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, April 2013.
  • Session Paper, “The Chicken-Egg of Knowledge Workers and Advanced Technology Industries.”  59th Annual North American Meetings of the RSAI, Ottawa, ON, November 2012.
  • Presentation, “Natural Resource Curse and Poverty in Appalachian America.” Appalachian Research Initiative on Environmental Research Area 6 Meeting, May 2012.
  • Session Paper, “Country Road Take Me Home—Migration Patterns in Appalachian America and Place Based Policy.”  2012 Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Science Association, March 2012.
  • Session Paper, “Why Do Localities Provide Economic Development Incentives: Geographic Competition, Political Constituencies, and Government Capacity.”  2012 Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Science Association, March 2012.
  • Session Paper, “Why Do Localities Provide Economic Development Incentives: Geographic Competition, Political Constituencies, and Government Capacity.”  58th Annual North American Meetings of the RSAI, Miami, FL, November 2011.
  • Session Paper, “Land Sovereignty and Tree-Planting in Uganda.” 2011 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Joint Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2011.
  • Presentation, “Land Sovereignty and Tree-Planting in Uganda.” The Ohio State University AED Economics Finance and Development Seminar, Columbus, OH, November 2010.
  • Presentation, “Land Sovereignty and Tree-Planting in Uganda.” 2010 Ohio State University Environmental Policy Initiative Seminar, Columbus, OH, May 2010.
  • Invited Seminar, “Farm Yields and the New Agricultural Extension System in Uganda.” Makerere University Faculty of Agriculture Department Seminar, Kampala ,Uganda, August 2009
  • Session Paper, “Farm Yields and the New Agricultural Extension System in Uganda.” 2009 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Joint Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, July 2009
  • Presentation, “Farm Yields and the New Agricultural Extension System in Uganda.” The Ohio State University AED Economics Finance and Development Seminar, Columbus, OH, December 2008

Selected Publications

  • Betz, Michael R. and Mark D. Partridge (2013). “Country road take me home—Migration patterns in Appalachian America and place based policy.” International Regional Science Review. 36(3): 267-295.
  • Partridge, Mark, Michael R. Betz, and Linda Lobao. (2013). “Natural resource curse and poverty in Appalachian America.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 95(2): 449-456.
  • Farren, Michael, Amanda Weinstein, Mark D. Partridge, and Michael Betz “Too many heads and not enough beds: Will shale development cause a housing shortage?” Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy Summary Report, April 2013. Available at: www.aede.osu.edu/programs/Swank. 37 pages.
  • Lobao, Linda, Mark D. Partridge, Lawrence A. Brown, Michael Betz, and Michael Farren. “The mining industry and community poverty across Appalachia.” Report prepared for the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science. January, 2013. 23 pages.
  • Betz, Michael R., Mark D. Partridge, David S. Kraybill, and Linda Lobao. (2012) “Why do localities provide economic development incentives: Geographic competition, political constituencies, and government capacity.”  Growth and Change. (43): 361-391. 
  • Bashaasha, Bernard, David S. Kraybill, and Michael R. Betz. (2012) “Production and marketed surplus of crops in Uganda, 1999-2006”. International Food Policy Research Institute. Working Paper no. USSP 08.