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Chanit’a Holmes

Assistant Research Professor
Chanita Holmes CV
250 Drillfield Dr.
206A Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Chanita Holmes' research is focused on applied microeconomics, labor, and development economics. She is particularly interested in factors that affect educational attainment and a variety of labor market outcomes. As an instructor, her goal is to influence my students' midsets and introduce agricultural economics as the exciting, intuitive science that it is. 



Ph.D. Economics, State University of New York, Binghamton, 2019

M.A. Economics, State University of New York, Binghamton, 2013

M.Sc. Economics, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, 2011

B.Sc. Economics & Statistics, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, 2009

My key areas of research include: i) analyzing how climate affects human capital investment across countries; ii) understating how factors such as physical maturity can affect a person’s wages, and iii) investigate issues that affect educational attainment. 

Current Teaching

  • AAEC 1005- Economics of the Food and Fiber System: Microeconomic Principles

Previous Courses Taught

Shelton State Community College

ECO 232 - Principles of Microeconomics

State University of New York, Binghamton

ECO 144 - Economics of Poverty and Discrimination

ECO 162 - Principles of Macroeconomics



  • Assistant Research Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 2019-Present
  • Instructor, Department of Economics, Shelton State Community College, 2018-2019


Award for Best paper in M.Sc. Economics Development I, University of the West Indies, 2009

Best Research Paper in Applied Econometrics, University of the West Indies, 2009

Journal Publications

McCloud, N., Delgado, M., and Holmes, C. (2018). Does a stronger system of Law and Order constrain the effects of Foreign Direct Investment on Government Size. European Journal of Political Economy. 55, 258-283