Ashok K. Mishra is Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Chair in Food Management, Morrison School of Agribusiness, W. P. Carey School of Business, at Arizona State University, USA. Before joining ASU, he was Donald E. Welge Endowed Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at Louisiana State University. Before that, he held positions at USDA, Economic Research Service. In the past 10 years, Mishra has collaborated with CGIAR center economists in IRRI, IFPRI, CIMMYT, and ICRISAT to analyze enterprise risk management, food security and value chain analysis. Mishra has served on the Advisory Board of the European Commission on Agriculture Reform; the Italian Ministry of Education University and Research.
Mishra has served as Editor/Co-Editor of several journals, including Agricultural Economics: An International Journal, Co-editor of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (2011-2013), and Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics (2007-2010). He also serves on the editorial boards of several journals. Mishra has provided his service to the AAEA by serving and chairing committees, mentoring, and fundraising for the AAEA trust.
During the past 25 years, Mishra has conducts research and teaching activities in public policy, farmland valuation, risk management, finance, agribusiness, and food security. Mishra made a major contribution to the literature on farm household labor allocation under risk: he was the first to analyze the effects of US government payments to farm families and by examining the allocation of labor on input use, farm risk management, and household insurance and farm succession. He has two highly cited studies (Mishra and Goodwin, 1997; Mishra et al., 2002) with the former recognized 2020 Publication of Lasting Impact Award from the AAEA-AFM Section. His other major contribution to the literature is an investigation into government payments and its effects on farm production and on capitalization of farmland values. He found that decoupled payments had little to no impact on farmland values (Goodwin and Mishra, 2006; Lence and Mishra, 2003). He extended this work by modeling a link with credit markets.The former research received AAEA's 2006 Outstanding AJAE Journal Article award. He also received several other outstanding journal article awards from other journals.
Mishra’s research has been published in top journals across agricultural economics (e.g., AJAE, AEPP, JAE, ERAE, Food Policy, JARE), economics (e.g., Economic Letters, Economic Modelling, Review of Economics of Households, Empirical Economics, Review of Development Economics), applied economics (e.g. Policy Modelling, Land Economics), and transdisciplinary journals (Ecological Economics, Land Use Policy, Energy Policy, Global Food Security). His research has been funded by over $8 million in external grants. These funds have come from several sources, including the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USAID, Food Security Innovation Lab, Economic Research Service (ERS), US Department of Interior, US Department of Commerce, Bilateral Agriculture Research and Development (BARD) and CGIAR. The stature of research and the importance of the topics he pursues has led Mishra to present his work to national and international development groups, policymakers, US agency administrators, researchers, faculty, and students.
He received the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship (2021-22) to restructure and expand the Agribusiness Curriculum and Graduate Program (MBA and Ph.D.) at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow, India.