In this project I aim to assess recent economic research on controversial farm programs, including crop insurance, biofuels, and food security, at Land Grant Universities.
This work is intended to prepare for a paper assessing the performance and orientation of agricultural economic research in these areas from the viewpoint of different stakeholders. Depending on student preparation I may ask the student to perform some preliminary analysis of the data collected, including perhaps methods introduced by Data Science.
I shall ask a student to compile a file of all related published research on these topics, at Land Grant institutions and elsewhere, in the literature in agricultural and resource economics, economics and related areas. I shall ask the student to identify the stated goals of these projects, such as to evaluate their economic justification and performance, to assess improvements along different dimensions, and , to inform policy decisions. I shall also ask the student to find evidence of funding sources.
Depending on student preparation I may ask the student to perform some preliminary analysis of the data collected, incouding perhaps methods introduced by Data Science.
At least introductory microeconomics.
Introduction to econometrics is useful, as is a course in Data Science.