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Spiro E. Stefanou

  • Professor, 1995 to present, Associate Professor, 1989-95, Assistant Professor 1983-89, Pennsylvania State University
  • Marie Curie Fellow, University of Crete, 2006
  • Mansholt Scholar, Wageningen University, 2006
  • Visiting Professor, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute/CIHEAM (Chania), 2002 to present
  • Visiting Professor, Wageningen University, 1995, 1996, 2003 & 2006
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna), 1994-97
  • Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute, 1990-91
  • Co-Editor, 1998-2002, Associate Editor, 1991-97, American Journal of Agricultural Economics
  • Editorial Boards: Agricultural Economics Review, 2003 to present, AgBioForum, 2003 to present, European Review of Agricultural Economics, 2001 to present, Journal of Productivity Analysis, 2002 to present, Northeastern Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1989-91
  • Thesis Advisor, AAEA Outstanding Ph.D. Disserta­tion Awards, 1988 and 1997, Torries Award for Outstanding Graduate Research, Mineral Economics and Management Society, 2002, Allan B. Colburn Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Delaware, 1991
  • Harbaugh Faculty Scholar Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2001
  • Provost’s Special Recognition Award, Pennsylvania State University, 1998
  • PhD, University of California, Davis, 1983
  • MS, University of Maryland, 1979
  • BA, George Washington University, 1977

Spiro E. Stefanou has made significant contributions in dynamic production analysis, the economics of productivity and innovation, the economics of adjustment, and economic policy issues. Focusing on how economic dynamics arise from the accumulation and use of knowledge itself, he demonstrates how knowledge interacts with and substitutes for physical inputs in promoting an agent’s objectives. He is also committed to pursuing innovations in teaching and learning. Graduate students find him to be a valuable mentor, with four dissertations under his direction acknowledged for excellence in research. His close contact with programs and scholars outside the U.S. has led to broadening the community of scholars interested in pursuing excellence in agricultural economics research. Spiro has been a commendable professional servant. A long with his partner editors, he revolutionized the Journal’s management structure as well as simultaneously transferring publication responsibilities to a commercial firm. In 2002, he stepped down after twelve years of continuous editorial service to the AJAE, with the last five years as editor . In addition to his service to the AAEA since 1987, he has served as an editorial board member continuously for different journals since 1989 and presently maintains appointments as co- or associate editor of four other economic journals.