Chris Boyd Leon

MPC Population Studies Alumni
Applied Economics
Research Interests

Rural and agricultural economics; migration; work, family, and time


My previous research in Peru included analyzing the demographic changes of young rural women, and the impact of childcare on women's employment and gender relationships. This pushed me to take the introductory class on Population Studies during Fall 2018. While taking this class and knowing more about MPC, I decided to become part of the Graduate Training Program in Population Studies.

Besides recently published working papers on Rural Youth Demography and the impact of childcare in Peru, I am currently working with Peruvian colleagues on understanding and categorizing internal migration in Peru. As an MPC Graduate Trainee I studied the relationship between climate, mother's time-use, and child health in rural Uganda. To learn more about my research, please visit my personal website.

As a young researcher in Peru, I have received the CIES National Research Contest Grant twice, among other fellowships. As a Ph.D. student, I was awarded the Meyers Travel Scholarship to conduct fieldwork on price risk and insurance with Peruvian farmers during the Summer of 2019.