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March 2015 Issue 6

March 2015, Issue 6   
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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 Jim MacDonald 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: James M. MacDonald

      Jim MacDonald is chief of the Structure, Technology, and Productivity Branch at USDA’s Economic Research Service. As branch chief, he builds teams and supervises ERS research on farm structure, productivity, field practices, and agricultural research and innovation, while co-managing USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey.
      MacDonald’s research focuses on the industrial organization of food and agriculture. It covers traditional IO concerns with competition and pricing, but extends to analyses of the causes and consequences of structural change in industries. Notable studies include analyses of the effects of railroad deregulation on grain transportation; the causes and consequences of consolidation in livestock production and meatpacking; the changing organization and structure of US agriculture; entry and exit in food processing; USDA food procurement auctions; and competition and retail food pricing. He has been an innovator in applying administrative data from Federal agencies, as well as record-level data from Federal statistical surveys, to these issues. His work has been widely cited in regulatory and policy decisions as well as in academic circles.
      Jim joined ERS in 1980, recruited by AAEA Fellow John Connor. He received a PhD, in economics, from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Bachelor’s degree from Siena College.

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
  • Alan Olmstead, University of California, Davis
  • J. Edward Taylor, University of California, Davis
  • Ariel Dinar, University of California, Riverside

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