Balagtas conducts research on the economics of agricultural markets, including
domestic and international agricultural policy, the industrial organization of
agricultural markets, and poverty and food security. He has won research quality
awards for his work on international dairy trade, competition in U.S. dairy
markets, and food security among rural households in Bangladesh. Current
projects include economic analyses of the use of on-farm grain storage and
water markets in rural Bangladesh; the demand for rice in the Philippines;
competition for corn stover for second generation biofuels; and market
responses to marketing regulations aimed at reducing obesity.
Professor Balagtas was a Fulbright Senior
Scholar and Visiting Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute in
the Philippines. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University
of California, Davis, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State
University, and a B.A. in Economics from Miami University. He lives in West
Lafayette with his wife, Arlene, and their three sons.