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harry kaiser

Harry Kaiser

Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics and Management

Areas of Expertise

Marketing, Policy, Quantitative Methods

Contact Information

340C Warren Hall • Phone: 607.255.1598
E-mail: hmk2@cornell.edu


Harry M. Kaiser is the Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of price analysis, marketing, industrial organization, policy, and quantitative methods. Professor Kaiser has written 122 journal articles, five books, 17 book chapters, and over 200 research bulletins in these areas. He has received over $8 million in research grants from such agencies as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Much of Professor Kaiser’s research focuses on food demand analysis and the economics of advertising. Recently, much of his research has examined the efficacy and impacts of anti-obesity policies such as fat and sugar taxes, healthy food subsidies, and anti-obesity advertising. Professor Kaiser was involved with some of the first research that investigated the economic impacts of climate change on the U.S. agricultural sector. Professor Kaiser has worked extensively in the area of behavioral and experimental economics. Professor Kaiser served as editor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Review from 1999-2001, associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from 1999-2001, and has been the associate editor of Agribusiness: An International Journal since 1999. He was the President of the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association from 2006-2008, and was on the executive board of directors of the American Agricultural Economics Association from 2003-2005, and on the executive board of directors of the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics from 2010-2012. Professor Kaiser was co-recipient of the outstanding journal article of the year from the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association in 1991, and from the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2009. In 2006, Professor Kaiser received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In 2009, he received the highest non-degree honor bestowed on an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, the Outstanding Achievement Award. He also received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota in 2009.

Education

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1985
M.S., University of Minnesota, 1981
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1979

Teaching

AEM 4150: Price Analysis
AEM 6400: Analysis of Agricultural Markets

Selected Publications

Promotion Studies

Kaiser, Harry M., Julian M. Alston, John M. Crespi, and Richard J. Sexton.  2005. Commodity Promotion:  Lessons from California.  New York, NY:  Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

Rusmevichientong, Pimbucha and Harry M. Kaiser.  2011.  “Are There Halo Effects of U.S. Grain Export Promotion?”  Applied Economics.  43:1435-46.

Dong, Diansheng and Harry M. Kaiser. 2005. Coupon Redemption and Its Effect on Household Cheese Purchases. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 87:689-702.

Schmit, Todd M. and Harry M. Kaiser.  2004.  Decomposing the Variation in Generic Advertising Response Over Time.  American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 86:139-53.

Chung, Chanjin, and Harry M. Kaiser. 2002. Advertising Evaluation and Cross-Sectional Data Aggregation. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.  84:800-07.

Chung, Chanjin, and Harry M. Kaiser. 2000. Distribution of Generic Advertising Across Participating Firms. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 82:659-64.

Van de Kamp, Philip R., and Harry M. Kaiser. 2000. Optimal Temporal Policies in Fluid Milk Advertising. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 82:274-86.

Van de Kamp, Philip R., and Harry M. Kaiser. 1999. Irreversibility in Advertising-Demand Response Functions: An Application to Milk. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 81:385-96.

Experimental Economics Studies

Kanter, Christopher, Kent Messer, and Harry M. Kaiser. 2009. "Does Production Labeling Stigmatize Conventional Milk?" American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 91:1097-1109.

Dillaway, Robin, Kent Messer, John Bernard, and Harry M. Kaiser. Forthcoming 2011. "Do Consumer Responses to Media Food Safety Information Last?" Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Messer, Kent, Harry M. Kaiser, Collin Payne, and Brian Wansink. 2011. "Can Advertising Alleviate Consumer Concerns About Mad Cow Disease?" Applied Economics. 43:1535-49.

Messer, Kent, Harry M. Kaiser, William Schulze. 2008. "The Problem with Generic Advertising: Parallelism and Possible Solutions from the Lab." American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 90:540-52.

Messer, Kent, Homa Zarghamee, Harry M. Kaiser, and William Schulze. 2007. New Hope for the Voluntary Contributions Mechanism: The Effects of Framing and Context. Journal of Public Economics. 91:1783-99.

Messer, Kent, Todd Schmit, and Harry M. Kaiser. 2005. Optimal Institutional Mechanisms for Funding Generic Advertising: An Experimental Analysis. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 87:1046-60.

Doyon, Maurice, L.D. Tamini, V. Simard, Kent Messer and Harry M. Kaiser. 2008. "An Analysis of Modifications to the Centralized Milk Quota Exchange System in Quebec using Experimental Economics." Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. 56:295-312 (outstanding article of the year).

Climate Change Studies

Li, Xiang, Taro Takahashi, Nobuhiro Suzuki, and Harry M. Kaiser.  2011.  “The Impact of Climate Change on Maize Yields in the United States and China.”  Agricultural Systems. 104:348-53.

Kaiser, Harry M. 1999. Assessing Research on the Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture. In Global Environmental Change and Agriculture: Assessing the Impacts.

Kaiser, Harry M., and Pierre Crosson. 1995. Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Agriculture. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 77:734-40.

Kaiser, H.M., and T. Drennen. 1993. Agricultural Dimensions of Global Climate Change. St. Lucie, FL: St. Lucie Press.

Kaiser, Harry M., Susan J. Riha, Daniel S. Wilks, David G. Rossiter, and Radha Raman. 1993. A Farm-Level Analysis of the Economic and Agronomic Impacts of Gradual Climate Change. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 75:387-98.

Kaiser, Harry M. 1991. Climate Change and Agriculture. Northeastern Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 20:151-63.

Quantitative Methods

Zheng, Yuqing and Harry M. Kaiser. Forthcoming 2011.  "Price Premiums for Journal Quality and Journal Governance: Evidence from Economics Journals.”  Economics Letters.

Zheng, Yuqing, Talia Bar, and Harry M. Kaiser.  2010.  “Distribution of Generic Advertising Benefits by Firm Size in an Asymmetric Cournot Oligopoly.”  American Journal of Agricultural Economics.  92:740-54.

Kaiser, Harry M. and Kent D. Messer. 2011.  Mathematical Programming Models for Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics.  Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Zheng, Yuqing, Henry Kinnucan, and Harry M. Kaiser.  2008.  “Measuring and Testing Advertising-Induced Rotation in the Demand Curve.” Applied Economics.  40:1629-35.

Kaiser, Harry M. and Nobuhiro Suzuki.  2006.  New Empirical Industrial Organization and the Food System. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

Dong, Diansheng and Harry M. Kaiser.   2008.  “Studying Household Purchasing and Non-Purchasing Behavior for a Frequently Consumed Commodity: Two Models.”  Applied Economics.  40:1941-51.

Dong, Diansheng , Brian W. Gould, and Harry M. Kaiser. 2004.  Food Demand in Mexico: An Application of the Amemiya-Tobin Approach to the Estimation of a Censored System.  American Journal of Agricultural Economics.  86:1094-1107.

Tomek, William G., and Harry M. Kaiser. 1999. On Improving Economic Analyses of Generic Advertising Impacts.  Agribusiness:  An International Journal.  15:485-500.

Agricultural Policy Analysis

Kaiser, Harry M., Deborah H. Streeter, and Donald J. Liu. 1988. Welfare Comparisons of U.S. Dairy Policies With and Without Mandatory Supply Control. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 70:848-58.

Kaiser, Harry M., and Loren W. Tauer. 1989. Impact of bovine Somatotropin on U.S. Dairy Markets Under Alternative Policy Options. North Central Journal of Agricultural Economics. 11:59-73.

Kawaguchi, Tsunemasa, Nobuhiro Suzuki, and Harry M. Kaiser. 1997. A Spatial Equilibrium Model for Imperfectly Competitive Milk Markets. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 79:851-59.

Awards

  • University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award, 2009
  • Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota Outstanding Alumni Award, 2009
  • Co-recipient of the Outstanding Journal Article, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, 2009
  • University of Wisconsin Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, 2006
  • Distinguished Member Award, Northeastern Association of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2009
  • Distinguished Member Award, Northeastern Association of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2003
  • Annual Jerome Johnson Lecture, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2000
  • Co-recipient of the Outstanding Journal Article, Northeastern Association of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1991
  • Co-recipient of the American Association of Agricultural Economics Group Extension Award, 1986

Professional Activities

  • President, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, 2005-08
  • Board of Directors, American Agricultural Economics Association, 2002-05
  • Editor, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 1999-2001
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1998-2000
  • Associate Editor, Agribusiness: An International Journal, 1998-present
  • Editorial Board, Northeastern Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1992-94