Aslihan Arslan is an economist with 15 years of experience in conducting policy relevant applied economics research on a wide range of topics. She has published many articles on agricultural productivity, rural poverty, climate smart agriculture, rural transformation, youth employment, migration, and climate change. Prior to re-joining FAO, she has worked as a senior economist at the Research and Impact Assessment (RIA) division of IFAD, where she led numerous impact assessments and IFAD’s corporate impact reporting using a unique approach. She has also co-lead IFAD’s flagship publication called Rural Development Report on Investing in Rural Youth in 2019. Between 2011 and 2016, Aslihan has worked as a Natural Resource Economist at the Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) of FAO, where she focused primarily creating evidence on Climate Smart Agriculture in Zambia, Viet Nam and Malawi. Before her UN career, she has worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Economist at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany, where she conducted research on migration, inequality and poverty, as well as the impacts of trademarking on Ethiopian coffee prices.
She holds MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis, where she specialized on agricultural development and natural resource economics. Her dissertation was an investigation into the subjective values of traditional maize varieties for smallholders in rural Mexico using theoretical and empirical modeling.