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Literary Agent: Sasha Raskin, The Agency Group, 142 West 57th Street Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10019.

Forthcoming Book: The Taste of Many Mountains

A fiction novel based on a true story, The Taste of Many Mountains is about the journey of four graduate students assigned to follow the trail of coffee beans from a peasant coffee grower in the Guatemalan highlands to a café in San Francisco.  As their journey illuminates the extremes of wealth and poverty in the coffee market, they encounter a series of life-changing events that cause them to reconsider the purpose and meaning of their lives in a globalized world.  (Click here to see a short video documentary on the book.)

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins)

Release Date: August 5, 2014

Book: Games in Economic Development (2008)

Chapters: 1 Economic Development, Interdependence, and Incentives; 2 Games; 3 Development Traps and Coordination Games; 4 Rural Poverty; Development, and the Environment; 5 Risk, Solidarity Networks, and Reciprocity; 6 Understanding Agrarian Institutions; 7 Savings, Credit, and Microfinance; 8 Social Learning and Technology Adoption; 9 Property Rights, Governance, and Corruption; 10 Conflict, Violence, and Development; 11 Social Capital; 12 The Political Economy of Trade and Development.

Download Sample Chapter.  Browse on amazon.com or Cambridge University Press  website.


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