Departmental Research

The Department of Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center conducts applied economic research over a broad range of areas including international trade, agricultural business, agricultural policy, marketing, econometrics, operations research, natural resource and environmental economics, farm management, finance, community and rural development, and production economics.

Specific research projects currently ongoing in the Department are listed below.
  • The Importance of U.S. Food and Agricultural Trade in a New Global Market Environment - Dr. Lynn Kennedy
  • Agricultural and Rural Finance Markets in Transition, 2016-2019 - Dr. Maria Bampasidou
  • The Impact of Exchange Rates, Trade Agreements, Domestic Policies, and Infrastructure on Louisiana Agriculture - Dr. Lynn Kennedy
  • Economic Impact and Outlook of the Forestry Sector on the Louisiana Economy, 2014-2017 - Dr. Shaun Tanger
  • Use of a GIS-Based Optimization Model and Mechanism Designs to Identify Optimum Best Management Practices (BMP) Suites to Improve Water Quality - Dr. Krishna Paudel
  • Economic Analysis of Agricultural Management Decisions on Profitability and Ecosystem Services in Louisiana and the Mississippi River Basin - Dr. John Westra
  • Technology Adoption and Its Impact on the Economic Viability of Louisiana Animal Agricultural Industries - Dr. Jeff Gillespie
  • Consumer Demand for Locally-Sourced Foods, and Nutrition, Health, Safety and Wellness Attributes for Whole and Functional Foods - Dr. Wes Harrison
  • Economic Analysis of Louisiana Sugarcane Production - Dr. Michael Salassi
  • The Effects of Changes in the Education Policy, Population Demographics, Industrial Base, and Information and Communication Technology on Individuals and Communities - Dr. Mark Schafer
  • Economic Evaluations of Production and Policy Issues in Louisiana Rice Production - Dr. Michael Salassi
  • Economic Investigations of Louisiana's Coastal Resources: Phase III - Dr. Rex Caffey

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