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Joseph V Balagtas

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor of Ag Economics
765.494.4298
Krannert Room 557

Professor 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.

Awards & Honors

(2013) Quality of Research Discovery Award. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

(2011) Senior Fulbright Fellow. U.S. Dept. of State and Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.

(2011) Visiting Research Fellow. International Rice Research Institute.

(2009) Classes of 1944 and 1945 Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship. Purdue University.

(2009) Guest Co-Editor, Special Issue of Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. NEC-63 Research Committee on Commodity Promotion.

Selected Publications

Balagtas, J. V., Binkley, J., Young, J., & Volpe, R. (2014). Competition between Private Labels and National Brands: Empirical Evidence from the Dairy Aisle.

Balagtas, J. V., Rejesus, R., & Mohanty, S. (2014). Forecasting Global Rice Consumption.

Balagtas, J. V., & Michler, J. (2014). Precautionary Savings and Storage: Evidence from Rice Farmers in Bangladesh.

Sanders, D., Balagtas, J., & Gruere, G. (2014). Revisiting the Palm Oil Boom in Southeast Asia: Fuel vs Food Demand Drivers. Applied Economics, 46(2). Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00036846.2013.835479#.UuiYRvko600

Balagtas, J. V., Sesmero, J. P., & Pratt, M. (2014). Spatial Competition for Corn Stover for Biofuels.

Balagtas, J. V., Krissoff, B., Lei, L., & Rickard, B. J. (2014). How Has US Farm Policy Influenced Fruit and Vegetable Production? APPLIED ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES AND POLICY, 36(2), 265-286. doi:10.1093/aepp/ppt028

Cakir, M., & Balagtas, J. V. (2014). Consumer Response to Package Downsizing: Evidence from the Chicago IceCream Market. JOURNAL OF RETAILING, 90(1), 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.jretai.2013.06.002

Sanders, D. J., Balagtas, J. V., & Gruere, G. (2014). Revisiting the palm oil boom in South-East Asia: fuel versus food demanddrivers. APPLIED ECONOMICS, 46(2), 127-138. doi:10.1080/00036846.2013.835479

Cakir, M., & Balagtas, J. (in press). Consumer Response to Package Downsizing: Evidence from the Bulk Ice Cream Market. Journal of Retailing.

Balagtas, J., Bhandari, H., Cabrera, E., Mohanty, S., & Hossain, M. (in press). Did the commodity price spike increase rural poverty? Evidence from a long-run panel in Bangladesh. Agricultural Economics.