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Zilberman Awarded 2019 Wolf Prize

AAEA President recognized for outstanding achievement in agriculture

The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) President, David Zilberman has been selected as the winner of the Wolf Prize through the Wolf Foundation. This award has been given by the not-for-profit organization in Israel annually since 1978 to professionals displaying an outstanding achievement in agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics, and arts.

Zilberman has been professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1979. He is a co-founder and co-director of the BEAHRS Environmental Leadership Program and is the director of Master of Development Practice. AAEA named him a Fellow in 1998, and he was elected President-Elect of AAEA in 2018 and is currently serving as President.

The award statement states “Dr. Zilberman's career presents a unique mixture of theoretical work, applied research and extension, and he is a leading protagonist in debates over water policy, environmental and resource policy in agriculture and the bioeconomy.” Zilberman reacted to the award saying "I am deeply honored to have been selected. This award is a recognition of the growing value of agricultural economic research in attaining profitable affordable and sustainable agricultural systems and policies."

AAEA Past President, Jill McCluskey stated in her nomination letter, “Zilberman is one of the leading agricultural and resource economists of our time, as his citations and awards indicate.”

Other AAEA Past Presidents, Jayson Lusk and Richard Sexton spoke about Zilberman’s accomplishments. Lusk says “He has advised and mentored more than 100 graduate students who have gone on to stellar, impactful careers of their own.” Sexton stated “He has considerably advanced science-based policy by his academic and popular writing, public speaking, and leadership of important institutions.”

For more information or to setup an interview with David Zilberman, please contact Allison Scheetz in the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit

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