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About Our Program

J. Edward Taylor, UC Davis, Director
Peri Fletcher, UC Davis, Associate Director
Antonio Yunez-Naude, El Colegio de Mexico, Executive Regional Director


Migration, globalization and market integration are transforming rural societies and the roles of rural peoples in national and international economies. The Rural Economies of the Americas Program (REAP) at the Institute of Governmental Affairs on the UC Davis campus promotes research, training and outreach to enhance our understanding of how rural economies are changing and what this means for the future of the America.


REAP's objectives include:

  • Research on how rural economies are being transformed by market reforms, including the North American Free Trade Agreement ((NAFTA), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), transnational migration, economic transitions, the commercialization of agriculture, farm-nonfarm linkages, the growing integration with the world economy and the ramifications of these trends for growth, poverty alleviation, and the environment.

  • Training and support of university students and researchers to create an international research expertise in frontier methods of economic modeling, field work and policy analysis related to rural economies.

  • Outreach and dissemination of findings, research methods and data to researchers, students, policy-makers and the general public.


REAP is committed to integrating research, teaching and outreach across borders. Most REAP activities are carried out by multi-national research teams in collaboration with national teaching and research centers, such as El Colegio de Mexico's Program for the Study of Economic Change and Sustainability in Mexican Agriculture (PRECESAM).


Recent and on-going projects include:

  • Analysis of economy-wide impacts of regional trade integration (NAFTA and CAFTA) and agricultural policy changes in the rural economies of North America

  • Estimates of the economic returns from schooling in rural areas and their implications for national educational policies in Mexico

  • The first economy-wide models of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, the Bay Islands of Honduras, and the Lacandon Forest of Mexico with a focus on linking economic change with environmental outcomes

  • Studies of biodiversity, including impacts of market changes on crop genetic diversity in Mexico

  • Research on how migration is transforming the economies and societies of rural Mexico, Central America, and South America

  • Analysis of rural credit markets to assist small farmers in adjusting to globalization and economic reform in Peru and Mexico

  • Publication of Current Research on Rural Economics which examines research on current topics pertinent to social science research on rural Mexico



  • J. Edward Taylor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis. His research is on migration, human capital development and the environment and micro economywide analysis.

Associate Director

  • Peri Fletcher, Institute of Governmental Affairs, University of California, Davis. Her research examines the impacts of migration, globalization and consumerism on rural Mexico and transnational communities in California.

Executive Regional Director

  • Antonio Yunez-Naude, Center of Economic Studies, El Colegio de Mexico. His research interests are sustainable economic development, agricultural biodiversity, rural education and international trade with a focus on agriculture.




We gratefully acknowledge the support of:

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • The Ford Foundation


  • The Rockefeller Foundation

  • The Pacific Rim Research Institute

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Rural Economies of the Americas Program

Institute of Governmental Affairs
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616