Housed in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) brings together students and educators across the Cornell community to engage in scholarship and outreach on topics relevant to economic development in emerging economies. The program was founded in 2001 by Dyson School Professor Ralph D. Christy.

The mission of the EMP is to be a leading international program in emerging markets research and education by bringing together practitioners and academics. Its focal activities are teaching, outreach, and research.

The EMP conducts the Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team (SMART) program, a unique service learning initiative for students across the university. It is geared towards helping both, small businesses and students, and has impacted over 400 students and 80 organizations over the last decade.

In addition, the EMP hosts the annual Wharton Award to honor the outstanding work of Dr. Clifton R. Wharton, Jr, in the areas of philanthropy, higher education, business and public policy. The award is conferred each year to a person who has distinguished himself or herself with “Outstanding Service, Leadership and Contribution to Economic Progress in emerging markets.



To disseminate knowledge and research findings about emerging market economies and to provide individuals with the skills needed to compete effectively in a global marketplace.


The EMP supports the development of emerging economies by simultaneously strengthening private strategies and public policies.


To help strengthen capacity and foster strong networks of knowledge and support, by creating knowledge and tools, both for enterprises and entrepreneurs.



Latest from EMP:

The Students’ Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team (SMART) is a key component of the EMP program.  Find out more in this video:


In October 2016, EMP Assistant Director Ed Mabaya delivered a talk at TEDx MidAtlantic under the theme ‘New Rules’. Highlighting the important role of improved seed to smallholder farmers, Dr Mabaya spoke on ‘The Power of Improved Seed’. Watch the full video here:

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