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April 2015 Issue 7

April 2015, Issue 7   

Meet AAEA’s 2015 Fellows

The AAEA Fellows Selection Committee has selected six outstanding members to be honored as AAEA Fellows. In this release of The Exchange, we will learn about Alan Olmstead and how he is shaping the future of the Association and the field of agricultural and applied economics as a whole.

Meet AAEA 2015 Fellow: Alan L. Olmstead

       Alan L. Olmstead is Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at UC Davis. He has written extensively on U.S. agricultural development. His 2008 book with Paul W. Rhode, Creating Abundance: Biological Innovation and American Agricultural Development, examines three centuries of technological advance in American agriculture. His 2015 book also with Rhode, Arresting Contagion: Science, Policy, and Conflicts over Animal Disease Control, tells the unknown story of how visionaries in the USDA created novel institutions for collective action that made the United States a world leader in animal disease control and prevented hundreds of thousands of human deaths from zoonotic diseases by 1940. Olmstead is an Editor-in-Chief of the Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present, Millennial Edition. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research, on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History, and on the Executive Board of the Western Economics Association International. He is a past president of the Economic History Association and the recipient of numerous research awards, including the AAEA’s Quality of Discovery Award in 2009. In 2011, he was honored as one of twelve inaugural fellows of the Cliometrics Society.

In the next issue of The Exchange, you will learn about another 2015 Fellow with a brief biography of achievements in their career. You can also read about them by searching for our hashtag on Facebook and Twitter: #MeetAAEA2015Fellows.

2015 AAEA Fellows:

  • C. Peter Timmer, Harvard University
  • Jayson Lusk, Oklahoma State University
  • James MacDonald, USDA, Economic Research Service
  • J. Edward Taylor, University of California, Davis
  • Ariel Dinar, University of California, Riverside

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