University of California, Riverside

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Steven M. Helfand

Steven M. Helfand

Associate Professor

4102 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-1572

Research Areas

  • Developmental Economics, Agricultural Economics, Brazil, Latin America

Research Agenda

  • 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)
  • Farm Size and the Determinants of Productivity in the Brazilian Agricultural Sector


  • 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, History



University of California, Riverside, 1995-present

  • 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


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



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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