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Global Market Integration Increases Likelihood That a Future African Green Revolution Could Increase Crop Land Use and CO2 Emissions
Speaker: Thomas W. Hertel, Purdue University
Date: Friday, Sept. 26
Time: 10:30am-Noon
Place: Warren 401
Abstract: There has been a resurgence of interest in the impacts of agricultural productivity on land use and the environment. At the center of this debate is the assertion that agricultural innovation is ‘land-sparing’. Yet numerous case studies and global empirical studies have found little evidence of higher yields being accompanied by reduced area. We find that these studies overlook two crucial factors: estimation of a true counterfactual scenario, and a tendency to adopt a regional, rather than a global perspective. This paper introduces a general framework for analyzing the impacts of regional and global innovation on long run crop output, prices, land rents, land use, and associated carbon dioxide emissions. In so doing, it facilitates a reconciliation of the apparently conflicting views of the impacts of agricultural productivity growth on global land use and environmental quality. Our historical analysis demonstrates that the Green Revolution in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East was unambiguously land-, and emissions-sparing, compared to a counterfactual world without these innovations. In contrast, we find that the environmental impacts of a prospective African Green Revolution are potentially ambiguous. We trace these divergent outcomes to relative differences between the innovating region and the rest of the world in yields, emissions efficiencies, cropland supply response, and intensification potential. Globalization of agriculture raises the potential for adverse environmental consequences. However, if sustained for several decades an African Green Revolution will eventually become land sparing.

Dyson School Invited Seminar Series top

The Dyson School Invited Seminar Series provides several School-wide seminars a year, bringing distinguished academics and practitioners nominated by the faculty to speak on contemporary topics related to the four program areas of the Dyson School: Food and Agricultural Economics, Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and International and Development Economics. The seminars are targeted toward a graduate-level audience, addressing contemporary research and policy issues.

Fall 2014
Sept. 5, Ivan Png, National University of Singapore
Sept. 26, Thomas W. Hertel, Purdue Univ., 10:30am-Noon, Warren 401
Oct. 24, Norbert Wilson, Auburn Univ.
Oct. 31, Stephen O'Connell, Swarthmore and Chief Economist, USAID
Nov. 7, Scott Yonker, Indiana Univ.
Nov. 21, Holly Wang, Purdue Univ.

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Dyson Sponsored Seminars are co-sponsored by other schools, centers, departments, and associations at Cornell University and feature speakers of interest to the Dyson School's faculty and students.

Fall 2014

AEM Graduate Student Association Seminar Series top

The Applied Economics and Management Graduate Student Association Seminar Series provide a forum for the School’s graduate students to present and get feedback on their research; help students gain insights, information, and practice advice from outside speakers; and facilitate faculty and student discussion panels to address issues of interest to the graduate student community.

Fall 2014

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2014 Seminars top

Date Speaker Topic
1/6 Derek Farnsworth
Univ. of California, Davis
Explaining Agricultural Labor Shortages with Unpredictable Product Losses: A Case Study of Spotted Wing Drosophila in California Raspberries
1/8 Jennifer Ifft
US Department of Agriculture
Does Federal Crop Insurance Lead to Higher Farm Debt? Evidence from the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS)
1/9 Barrett Kirwan
Univ. of Illinois
The Effect of Federal Crop Insurance on Risk-Mitigation and Investment
1/10 Emanuele Massetti
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Using Degree Days to Value Farmland?
1/14 Ariel Ortiz-Bobea
Fellow Resources for the Future
Climate Change Impacts on US Agriculture
1/15 Thomas Sproul
Univ. of Rhode Island
Does Risk Aversion Matter for Shallow Loss Crop Insurance?
1/17 Marshall Burke
Univ. of California, Berkeley
Adaptation to Climate Change: Evidence from US Agriculture
1/21 Paul Christian
Brown Univ.
The Distributional Consequences of Group Procurement: Evidence from a Randomized Trial of a Food Security Program in Rural India
1/24 Byoung-Hyoun Hwang
Purdue Univ.
Wisdom of Crowds: The Value of Stock Options Transmitted Through Social Media
1/27 Hao Jiang
Univ. of Texas at Austin
Tail Risk and Hedge Fund Returns
1/28 Isaac Hacamo
Univ. of California, Berkeley
Finance and Welfare: The Effect of Access to Credit on Family Structure
2/21 Brian Wansink
Cornell Univ.
Forum on Food Psychology, Consumer Behavior, Behavioral Economics, and Marketinge
2/28 Jubo Yan
Cornell Univ.
An Experimental Examination of Willingness to Accept and Willingness to Pay Disparity Under Risky Prospects
3/7 Susan Offutt
Government Accountability Office
The US Fiscal Future: Projections and Methods
3/14 Steve Hamilton
California Polytechnic State Univ.
Oligopoly Intermediation, Relative Rivalry and the Mode of Competition
3/20 Paul Novosad
Dartmouth Univ.
Dirty Politics: Natural Resource Wealth and Politics in India
3/24 Marin Bozic
Univ. of Minnesota
Price Discovery, Volatility Spillovers and Adequacy of Speculation when Spot Prices are Stationary: The Case of U.S. Dairy Markets
3/28 Adrian Lopes
Cornell Univ.
Civil Unrest and the Poaching of Rhinos in the Kaziranga National Park, India
4/16 Jason Snyder
Information Disclosure and Firm Performance: Evidence from the Dialysis Industry
4/17 David Stifel
Lafayette College
Economic Benefits and Returns to Rural Feeder Roads: Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental Setting in Ethiopia
4/18 William Kerr
Harvard Business School
Highway to Success: The Impact of the Golden Quadrilateral Project for the Location and Performance of Indian Manufacturing
4/22 Matthew Kahn
Adapting to Climate Change: An Economist's Perspective
4/25 Ariel BenYishay
Australian School of Business
The Transmission of Mistrust: Institutional Consequences of Early-Life Rainfall
5/1 Eilyan Bitar
Cornell Univ.
Random Renewable Energy and the Marginal Value of Storage
5/9 Xiaobo Zhang
Mechanization and Division of Labor in Chinese Agricultural Production
5/9 H.S. Dillon
Government of Indonesia
Political Economy of Poverty Alleviation in Indonesia
5/16 Vidhya Soundararajan
Cornell Univ.
Contract Labor and Firm Productivity in the Indian Manufacturing Sector
6/9 Bill Pritchard
Univ. of Sydney
How Does Land Ownership Affect Household Food and Nutrition Security? Revisiting the Agriculture-Nutrition Disconnect in Two North Indian Villages
9/5 Ivan Png
National Univ. of Singapore
Law and Innovation: Evidence from State Trade Secrets Laws
9/26 Thomas W. Hertel
Purdue Univ.
Global Market Integration Increases Likelihood That a Future African Green Revolution Could Increase Crop Land Use and CO2 Emissions

2013 Seminars top

Date Speaker Topic
2/15 Robert Ready
Univ. of Rochester
Oil Prices and the Stock Market
2/18 Sofia Kotsiri
North Carolina State Univ.
Farmers' Perceptions about Spatial Yield Variability and Precision Technology Adoption
2/20 Shady Atallah
Cornell Univ.
An Agent-Based Computational Bioeconomic Model of Plant Disease Diffusion and Control: Grapevine Leafroll Disease.
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2/21 Deborah Prentice
Howard Univ.
Explanation of Two Topics in the Accounting Vocabulary: Depreciation and Product Margin
2/25 Anton Bekkerman
Montana State Univ.
A Semi-Parametric Approach to Analyzing Differentiated Agricultural Products
2/26 Donald May
Northeastern Univ.
Allocating Indirect Costs
3/1 Travis Lybbert
University of California, Davis
Leveling with Friends: Social Networks and Indian Farmers' Demand for Agricultural Custom Hire Services
3/6 Thomas Maloney
Cornell Univ.
Prospects for Immigration Reform and the Implications for Agriculture
4/3 Brad Rickard
Cornell Univ.
University Licensing of Patents for Varietal Innovations in Agriculture
4/19 Andrew Levin
Visiting Scholar, International Monetary Fund
Labor Force Participation and Monetary Policy in the Wake of the Great Recession
5/1 Gerald B. White
Cornell Univ.
Development of the Grape and Wine Industry in New York, 1975-2012
5/8 Joachim Henkel
TU Munich School of Management and Harvard Business School
Productive Assets or Quality Signals? The Role of Patents and Alliances in Venture-Capital Financing
5/14 Jura Liaukonyte
Cornell Univ.
Television Advertising Content and Internet Traffic
5/20 Laura Taylor
North Carolina State University
Randomized Safety Inspections and Risk Exposure on the Job: Quasi-experimental Estimates of the Value of a Statistical Life
5/23 Y. Peter Chung
A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California
Is Herding Priced in the Market? An Analysis of Systematic Order Imbalances of Stocks
5/29 David Lee
Cornell Univ.
Agriculture, Development and Environment
8/30 Tom Reardon
Michigan State Univ.
Rapid Transformation of Agrifood Value Chains in Asia
9/13 Rolf Fare
Oregon State Univ.
Joint Production of Good and Bad Outputs with a Network Application
9/26 Eric Edmonds
You Get What You Pay For: Schooling Incentives and Child Labor
10/4 Debraj Ray
New York Univ.
Ethnicity and Conflict
10/25 Lourenco Paz
Syracuse Univ.
The Effects of Exchange Rate on the Wage Premium: An Evaluation Using the Brazilian 1999 Exchange Rate Depreciation
11/8 Ravi Kanbur (moderator), David Ng, Sharon Poczter, Joshua Woodard
Dyson School, Cornell Univ.
Research on Business and Finance in Emerging Economies
11/11 John W. Mellor
John Mellor Associates, Inc.
11/15 Dennis Becker
Dyson School, Cornell Univ.
Heterogenous Firms and Informality: The Effects of Trade Liberalization in Labor Markets
11/20 Jennifer Alix-Garcia
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
Only One Tree From Each Seed? Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Effectiveness in Payments for Ecosystem Services
11/22 Shadi Atallah
Cornell Univ.
A Model of Plant Disease Management under Spatial-Dynamic Externalities
12/6 Jean-Paul Chavas
Univ. of Wisconsin
On the Microeconomics of Specialization: The Role of Non-Convexity
12/9 Tiantian Yang
Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Who's the Boss? Explaining Gender Inequality in Entrepreneurial Teams
12/13 Yu Qin
Cornell Univ.
"No County Left Behind?" The Distributional Impact of High-Speed Rail Upgrade in China
12/16 Michael Roach
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Founder or Joiner? The Role of Preferences and Context in Shaping Different Entrepreneurial Interests
12/18 Elizabeth Lyons
Univ. of Toronto
Team Production in International Labor Markets: Experimental Evidence from the Field