Gerald E. Shively

Professor and Associate Head
University Faculty Scholar

Department of Agricultural Economics
Purdue University
403 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
voice: (765) 494-4218
fax: (765) 494-9176


My CV, a Google Scholar search of my publications, and a Google Map of my career across time and space.

Working in collaboration with numerous students and colleagues I conduct research on a range of topics related to poverty, economic development, and the environment in developing regions of the world. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation , USAID , the Ford Foundation , the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute . My current focus is the use of panel data to study dynamic processes of household land and labor allocation in marginally productive agricultural areas. I study the interactions between poverty and environmental degradation, so as to help eliminate both.




One of my current projects is being conducted as part of the USAID Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab, which has its home in the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University.  This is also a large collaborative project involving numerous institutions and investigators. The aim is to discover how policy interventions can most effectively achieve large scale improvements in child nutrition outcomes. We work collaboratively with a network of colleagues in Asia (primarily Nepal) and Africa (primarily Uganda). Click these links for recent review papers on food security and human nutrition in Nepal and Uganda. Following the earthquake I started a separate page devoted to the earthquake in Nepal, focusing on data and information about the affected districts and the country in general.




A recent project has focused on Natural Capital and Poverty Reduction.  This has been a collaborative project including scientists worldwide to better understand the connections between agriculture, forest use and household livelihoods. Some of my involvement was funded by USAID as part of the AMA BASIS CRSP project. This project was closely related to the larger CIFOR PEN project. 




My recent teaching responsibilities have included:
     AGEC 406 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (for undergraduates)
     AGEC 640 Agricultural Development and Policy (for M.S. and Ph.D. students)
     AGEC 654 Economic Dynamics (for Ph.D. students)

I am also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Economics and Business at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, where I often teach a summer short course.

In the fall of 2015 I will once again be teaching a course at Purdue on World Food Problems. You can read about it here.




I am the current Chair of Purdue’s graduate program in Agricultural Economics. Our M.S. and Ph.D. programs offer a wide range of opportunities for students interested in Applied Economics. If you are interested in graduate study at Purdue, please visit the department's graduate program home page. If you are a graduate student considering an academic career, grab a copy of Strategy and Etiquette for Graduate Students Entering the Academic Job Market . If you are a PhD student confronting the mountain that we call a dissertation, read some words of wisdom, encouragement and advice from one of my early mentors at Boston University, Prof. Michael Manove. Remember, as Michelangelo wrote (in Italian, of course) “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” 




I also currently serve on the Executive Committee of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, a multidisciplinary group of researchers at Purdue guided by the mission of better understanding the human and physical processes leading to global climate change and the implications of a changing climate on life on earth. Here is a brief primer on the likely impacts of climate change on Indiana.