Peter Richards is an economist with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to joining the USAID, he worked at Brown University in the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society. He has studied land use and economic changes in Brazil for more than a decade, and has authored nearly two dozen journal articles on agricultural expansion, demographic change, and economic growth in Brazil’s Amazon region. He holds a master’s and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
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