UW agricultural economist’s efforts on ag productivity receiving awards worldwide

2011-06-21T17:10:00Z UW agricultural economist’s efforts on ag productivity receiving awards worldwideBy UW News Service The Prairie Star
June 21, 2011 5:10 pm  • 

Research by a University of Wyoming economist is garnering national and international attention in the world of agricultural and natural resource economics.

The book "Persistence Pays: U.S. Agri-cultural Productivity and the Benefits from Public R&D Spending" co-written by Matt Andersen, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, has received the Quality of Research Discovery Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

That association is the largest and most prestigious organization in agricultural and natural resource economics.

The book, which examines agricultural productivity and its returns to research, has also received the Quality of Re-search Discovery Award (2010) from the Australian Agricultural and Re-source Economics Society and the Outstanding Published Research Award (2010) from the Western Agricultural Economics Association.

"The role of research, development and extension is fundamental to land-grant universities, and this research provides important insights about the benefits these activities generate.

This group has made a real contribution to informing this vital public policy issue," said Roger Coupal, associate professor and head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The book examines the path of U.S. agriculture in the 20th century and the role of public research and development. The authors found new evidence linking state-specific agricultural productivity measures to federal and state government investments in agricultural research and extension.

They show that the time lag between research and development and the impact on productivity is longer than commonly found or assumed in prior research. The authors also note that the spillover effects of research and development among states are important; the national net benefits from a state's agricultural research investments are much greater than own-state net benefits. 

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