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1997 AAEA Annual Award Winners

Outstanding Master's Thesis

  • CAROLINE GUNNING TRANT, "Measuring the Existence Values of National Parks in the Northwest Territories," U. of Guelph, Kim Rollins, Advisor.
  • HIKARU HANAWA, "An Econometric Analysis of the U.S. Kiwifruit Industry," Cornell U., Lois Willett, Advisor.
  • JASON HENDERSON, "An Analysis of Food Processing Plant's Location Decisions in the Corn Belt Region," Purdue U., Kevin McNamara, Advisor.

Honorable Mention

  • JING CHEN, "Food Consumption and Projection of Agricultural Demand/Supply Balance for 1996-2005 in China," The Ohio State U., Wen Chern, Advisor.
  • GREGORY HARNISH, "Analysis of Short-Run Barge Rates for Southbound Grain on the Mississippi River System," The Pennsylvania State U., James Dunn, Advisor.
  • SCOTT MCCOLLUM, "Determinants of FSA Guaranteed Loan Use Volume and Loss Claims for Arkansas Commercial Banks," U. of Arkansas, Bruce Dixon, Advisor.

Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation

  • ELVIRA SILVA, "A Unified Non-parametric Approach to Dynamic Production Analysis and Efficiency Measurement." The Pennsylvania State U., Spiro E. Stefanou, Advisor.

Honorable Mention

  • KELLIE RAPER, "Empirical Measurement of Market Power," Texas A&M U., H. Alan Love, Advisor. • ALBERT PARK, "Household Grain Management Under Uncertainty in China's Poor Areas," Stanford U., Scott Rozelle, Advisor.
  • GERALD E. SHIVELY, "Land Degradation, Soil Conservation and Risk: Evidence from a Dynamic Model of Philippine Upland Agriculture," U. of Wisconsin-Madison, Ian Coxhead, Advisor.

Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching

Less Than Ten Years' Experience


More Than Ten Years' Experience

  • MICHAEL E. WETZSTEIN, U. of Georgia.

Graduate Teaching Award

  • JEAN-PAUL CHAVAS, U. of Wisconsin-Madison.

Distinguished Extension Program


  • NELSON BILLS, Cornell U.


  • Managing for Today's Cattle Market and Beyond Program, U. of Wyoming.

Distinguished Policy Contribution


  • The Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M U.

Quality of Communications

  • MAURY E. BREDAHL, NICOLE BALLENGER, JOHN C. DUNMORE and TERRY L. ROE, Editors, "Agriculture, Trade, and the Environment: Discovering and Measuring the Critical Linkages," Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1996.
  • VERNON W. RUTTAN, "United States Development Assistance Policy: The Domestic Politics of Foreign Economic Aid," Baltimore: The John Hopkins U. Press, 1996.

Honorable Mention

  • RICHARD CORNES and TODD SANDLER, "The Theory of Externalities, Public Goods and Club Goods, second edition, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Quality of Research Discovery

  • RULON D. POPE and RICHARD E. JUST, "Empirical Implementation of Ex Ante Cost Functions," Journal of Econometrics 72 (1996): 231-249.

Honorable Mention

  • • ROBERT G. CHAMBERS and JOHN QUIGGIN, "Non-Point-Source Pollution Regulation as a Multi-Task Principle-Agent Problem," Journal of Public Economics 59(1996):95-116.

Outstanding Journal Article

  • SHU Y. HUANG and RICHARD J. SEXTON, "Measuring Returns to an Innovation in an Imperfectly Competitive Market: Application to Mechanical Harvesting of Processing Tomatoes in Taiwan," AJAE,1996, pp.558-571.

Honorable Mention

  • YAIR MUNDLAK and HE HUANG, "International Comparison of Cattle Cycles," AJAE, 1996, pp. 855-868.

Publication of Enduring Quality

  • WILLIAM G. TOMEK and KENNETH L. ROBINSON, Agricultural Product Prices, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1972 (Second edition, 1981, and third edition, 1990).


  • Paul W. Barkley
  • Peter J. Barry
  • Bruce R. Beattie
  • James P. Houck