Harry de Gorter

Harry de Gorter


460 Warren Hall


Areas of Expertise

  • Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Biofuel Policies
  • Subsidies and The Wto

Graduate Fields

  • Applied Economics and Management


  • Doctorate University of California at Berkeley, 1983
  • Master of Science University of Guelph, 1976
  • B.A./B.S. University of Guelph, 1975

Harry de Gorter teaches and conducts research on the applied welfare economics and political economy of agricultural policy and trade. Much of his recent work has been on biofuels and agricultural trade reform and the Doha Development Agenda, especially the impact of subsidies and protection on developing countries. His research is both theoretical and empirical with direct policy implications for governments, international institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
Prior to Cornell, he was on faculty at the University of Guelph Ontario and worked for the International Trade Policy Division of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa. He has long been actively involved in advising many governments and international organizations on issues related to agriculture trade policy and renewable energy including the World Bank, OECD, IMF, WTO, UNCTAD, Inter-American Development Bank, UN-FAO Rome, California Air Resources Board, EU Commission; USAID; Government of Canada; UNICA Sao Paulo; ICONE Sao Paulo; Cato Institute, UNIGRAINS Paris, Kraft Foods International, ICTSD Geneva and the Swedish International Development Agency.

Research Focus

Harry de Gorter has published over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, including in the International Library of Critical Writings in Economics, Handbook of Economics, and Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy. Since early 2007, his research program has included the social costs and benefits of biofuel policies, including implications for the environment. Other recent research focuses on WTO disciplines in agriculture, alternative agricultural import barriers, domestic subsidy programs and export subsidies, implication of preferential tariffs and quotas for least developed countries, the economics of WTO trade disputes, and the impact of trade liberalization. Recent papers include the welfare economics of biofuel policies, effects of liberalizing tariff rate import quotas and administration methods, the economics of decoupled payments, the effects of EU and U.S. farm policy, how state trading enterprises subsidize exports and limit imports, and the interaction between the environment, technological change, and trade. His research in the area of political economy includes the politics of trade negotiations and rent seeking, the factors affecting price policy bias in world agriculture, and the interaction between commodity policy and public goods in agriculture.

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Awards and Honors

  • Quality of Communication Award (2011, 2006, 2001) (2011) American Applied Economics Association
  • Outstanding Journal Article (Honorable Mention 2008; Finalist 1985; 1992) (2008) American Journal of Agricultural Economics
  • Outstanding Journal Article (1993) Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Book Chapters

  • de Gorter, H., & Just, D. R. (2010). The Social Costs and Benefits of Biofuel Policies with Pre-Existing Distortions. Issues on U.S Energy Taxes Gilbert Metcalf (ed.), Cambridge University Press.


  • de Gorter, H., Just, D. R., & Drabik, D. (2015). The Economics of Biofuel Policies: Impacts on Price Volatility in Grain and Oilseed Markets. Palgrave-McMillan, New York.


  • AEM 4310: Agricultural and Food Policy
  • AEM 4350: The Political Economy of the WTO
  • AEM 6300: Policy Analysis: Welfare Theory, Agriculture and Trade
  • AEM 7020: Applied Microeconomics II (AEM PhD core course, 5 weeks or 1/3 of the class)