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Mario J. Miranda

Mario Miranda is Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.  Miranda’s professional record exhibits a rare balance of path-breaking academic research, high-quality applied research, and innovative classroom teaching. Miranda's outstanding reputation and leadership role in the area of quantitative policy and agricultural risk analysis are well established among academic, professional, and government circles.

Miranda’s research has focused on the modeling of stochastic dynamical systems in economics with application to international economic development, agricultural finance, agricultural risk management and insurance, agricultural and environmental policy, food security, commodity pricing, and industrial organization.  His research has produced one book, which has been adopted by seven of the top ten ranked doctoral programs in Economics in the world; over 60 peer-reviewed articles, two of which are among the three most frequently cited articles in the field of “agricultural insurance”; and several computational modeling and risk management software packages.  He has also won numerous university research and teaching awards and has advised eighteen PhD students to completion, two of whom won the Applied and Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and one who received honorable mention.                                              

Professor Miranda served seven years as Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University, internationally ranked among the top programs in its fields.  Miranda has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Computational Economics.  He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Chicago Board of Trade, numerous private corporations, and several branches of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including the Economic Research Service, Risk Management Agency, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Chief Economist.  He has acquired extensive international experience, having worked on major research projects or taught graduate-level courses in Bolivia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa and Tanzania.  Miranda holds a dual Ph.D. in Economics and Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madiso