2012 Pioneer Award Winner
Seth R. Gitter ’02 studies economic development, poverty reduction, and early childhood development.
An economics major, he was awarded a Rosenfield Program Internship Grant to work at the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
He earned a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent a year as a visiting professor at Beloit College. Since 2007, he has been an economics professor at Towson University.
His scholarly work addresses subjects including conditional cash transfers. These programs seek to reduce poverty by requiring recipients to meet certain requirements, such as receiving vaccinations or enrolling children into public schools. He has also studied credit constraints and poverty reduction in Laos. Top journals, including the World Bank Economic Review and World Development have published his work on these and other topics.
He has received research grants from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the Inter-American Development Bank and consulted on development projects for World Bank and UNICEF. In 2008 he received Grinnell’s Alumni Scholars Program Global Studies Award.
Grinnell is honored to recognize Seth R. Gitter ’02 for examining strategies to reduce world poverty.