University of California, Riverside


Steven M. Helfand

Steven Helmand

Contact Information

4102 Sproul Hall
Phone: (951) 827-1572 
Fax: (951) 827-5685 

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley,
    Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley,
    Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley,


  • University of California, Riverside, 1995-present
    • Chair, Department of Economics, 2017-
    • Graduate Advisor, Department of Economics, 2016-17
    • Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2010-11
    • Director, UC Education Abroad Program in Brazil, 2006-09
    • Chair, Latin American Studies Program, 2002 - 2006
    • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, 2002 - Present
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, 1995-2002


  • Development Economics, Agricultural Economics, Brazil, Latin America
  • Research Projects
    • PI on “Agricultural Productivity and Farm Size in Brazil” as part of a larger project on “Farm Size and Productivity Growth: An International Comparative Assessment,” funded by USDA, 2015-17.
    • PI on “Conditional Cash Transfer Programs and Rural Development Policies in Brazil: Exploring Potential Synergies,” with Andre Portela Souza. Part of a larger project on Latin America funded by IFAD, 2012-15.
    • PI on “Optimal Groundwater Management in Pakistan’s Indus Water Basin” with Sanval Nasim. Funded by IFPRI, 2014-15.
    • Co-PI on “Allocative Inefficiency, Tenure Systems and Poverty in Irrigated Agriculture in Pakistan,” with Ariel Dinar and Sanval Nasim.  Funded by IFPRI, 2012-13.
    • Regional Diversity in Pathways out of Rural Poverty in Brazil (funded by USAID, 2004-06)
    • Spatial Economic Studies of the Brazilian Economy--NEMESIS (funded by PRONEX)

Selected Publications and Recent Papers

Recent Papers



    • Global Poverty (Econ 173)
    • Economic Development in Latin America (Econ 185)
    • Contemporary Public Policy Challenges in Latin America (Econ 187)
    • Economic Development in Brazil (Econ 189)
    • Theories of Economic Development (Econ 260)
    • Agriculture and Economic Development (Econ 265)

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Economics
4128 Sproul Hall

Tel: (951) 827-3266
Fax: (951) 827-5685