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 recent projects has been Natural Capital and Poverty Reduction, a collaboration among scientists worldwide to better understand the connections between agriculture, forest use and household livelihoods. The project was funded by USAID as part of the AMA BASIS CRSP project. This project was closely related to the larger CIFOR PEN project. 




A project I’m currently involved with is the Global Nutrition CRSP, 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). The project is also funded by USAID.  Click these links for recent review papers on food security and human nutrition in Nepal and Uganda.




I currently serve as Editor-in-Chief of Agricultural Economics, the flagship journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.  I am also a member of the Editorial Policy Board of Land Economics and the journal Environment and Development Economics, having previously served as an Associate Editor there.




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 Department of Economics and Resource Management at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, where I often teach a summer short course.




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 .




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 primer on the likely impacts of climate change on Indiana.