Leonard-Allen is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech. His research interests lie in areas of International Development Economics, Production Economics, and Agribusiness. He is also open to exploring other research areas. Before joining AAEC, Leonard-Allen earned a Master’s degree in Agricultural & Applied Economics from the University of Georgia, Athens. His Master’s research focuses on the impact of formal land ownership by rural households on farm productivity of major cereals and legumes, as well as the impact of formal land ownership by the rural households on farming (agriculture) as a major occupation of rural youth in Ghana. His research use data from the GLSS7.
Leonard-Allen’s undergraduate research explores the willingness of a section of consumers to accept Genetically Modified maize, in the Accra Metropolis of Ghana. After earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana, he spent one year working as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Ghana.