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Benjamin Crost, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Vita: Prof. Crost's Vita
E-mail: Benjamin Crost
Website:  Prof. Crost's Website​
Office Location: Lawrence Street Center 460J
Phone: 303-315-2036
Fax: 303-315-2048
Areas of Expertise:
Development Economics, Health Economics


Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2011.
M.Sc., Agricultural Development Economics, University of Reading, UK, 2005.
Diplom., Biochemistry / Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg, Germany, 2004.


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Colorado, Denver. My main research interest is in Development Economics, where I study the causes of civil conflict. I also have an interest in Health Economics, where I mostly study issues of substance use.

Select Publications

Crost B., J. Felter and P. ​Johnston. “Aid Under Fire: Development Projects and Civil Conflict.” Forthcoming in American Economic Review.​

​​​Crost B. and D.I. R​ees. 2013. “The Minimum Legal Drinking Age and Marijuana Use: New Estimates from the NLSY97.” Journal of Health Economics 32(2): 474-476.

Crost B. and S. Guerrero. 2012. “The Effect Alcohol Availability on Marijuana Use: Evidence from the Minimum Legal Drinking Age.” Journal of Health Economics 31(1): 112-121.

Crost B. and U.S. Kambhampati. 2010. “Political market characteristics and the provision of educational infrastructure in rural India.” World Development 38(2): 195-204.

Crost B. and B. Shankar. 2008. “Bt-cotton and production risk: panel data estimates.”  International Journal of Biotechnology 10(2-3): 122-131.

Crost B., B. Shankar, R. Bennett and S. Morse.. 2007. “Bias from Farmer Self-Selection in GM Crop Productivity Estimates: Evidence from India.” Journal of Agricultural Economics 58(1): 24-36.​

Courses Taught

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