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Moving Matters: The Effect of Location on Crop Production

Publication Date: March, 2015

Our new spatial output indexes show that 16 to 21 percent of the increase in U.S. corn output over the 128 years beginning in 1879 was attributable to spatial movement in production.

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Essays on Agricultural Production, Risk, and Productivity

Publication Date: February, 2015

This dissertation takes two different research perspectives to address the central theme of agricultural production and productivity.

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Long-run and Global R&D Funding Trajectories: The U.S. Farm Bill in a Changing Context

Publication Date: January, 2015

We present new evidence that today’s middle-income countries—notably China, Brazil and India— are not only growing in relative importance as producers of agricultural innovations through investments in public R&D, they are also gaining considerable ground in terms of their share of privately performed research of relevance for agriculture.

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Sustainable Economic Development

Agricultural R&D Policy and Long-Run Food Security

Publication Date: January, 2015

Section Titles: Introduction, Returns to Agricultural R&D, A New World Order for Agricultural R&D Spending, Prices and Productivity: Longer Term Patterns and Prospects, Implications of Alternative Pr

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Returns to Food and Agricultural R&D Investments Worldwide, 1958-2011

Publication Date: November, 2014

The apparent disconnect between the evidence of high rates of return and slowing growth in public R&D spending begs the simple, but important question: Why?

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World Food Futures to 2050

Publication Date: November, 2014

Sustainably feeding the world’s still growing, increasingly richer, more urbanized and overall (but not equally, everywhere) ageing population during the decades ahead will still be a tall order. These projections indicate the task is doable, but by no means is complacency in order.

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A Bounds Analysis of World Food Futures: Global Agriculture Through to 2050

Publication Date: October, 2014

The notion that global agricultural output needs to double by 2050 is oft repeated.

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Global Food Security - Introduction

Publication Date: October, 2014

This is the introduction to seven papers that look at different aspects of food production, consumption, trade and nutrition.

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American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96-5

Re-examining the Reported Rates of Return to Food and Agricultural Research and Development

Publication Date: October, 2014

At odds with a vast body of economic evidence reporting exceptionally high rates of return to investments in agricultural research and development (R&D), growth in public R&D spending for food and agriculture has slowed in numerous, especially rich, countries worldwide. The observed R&D spending behavior is consistent with a determination that the reported rates of return are perceived as implausible by policy makers. We examine this notion by scrutinizing 2,242 investment evaluations reported in 372 separate studies from 1958 to 2011.

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