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Benjamin M Gramig

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
Krannert Room 564

Ben Gramig’s teaching and research activities are focused primarily on environmental and natural resource economics. He has a strong interest in the interface between agriculture and the environment, and his work is motivated by public policy and the role of human activity in environmental change.

Ben has a strong interest in applied micro-economic theory and inter-disciplinary research that integrates economics with natural or physical sciences to analyze applied problems. His research interests include decision making under uncertainty, information economics, climate change, markets for environmental goods and services, invasive species management, and spatial dimensions of environmental and natural resource management.

Ben’s dissertation research focused on empirical and theoretical analysis of livestock disease management issues including on-farm adoption of biosecurity and health management practices, design of government indemnification programs in the presence of asymmetric information, and modeling disease and behavioral dynamics in a decentralized setting.

Ben has previously worked in a consulting setting as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, and gained experience working with extension agents, commodity groups, farmers, environmental organizations, government agencies that oversee agri-environmental programs and elected officials while working in the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy in Kentucky.

Awards & Honors

(2013) Teaching for Tomorrow Award. Purdue University.

(2011) Seed for Success, Excellence in Research Award. Purdue University.

(2009) Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Selected Publications

Gramig, B. M., Reeling, C. J., Cibin, R., & Chaubey, I. (2013). Environmental and economic tradeoffs in a watershed when using corn stover for bioenergy. Environmental Science & Technology, 47(4), 1787-1791. Retrieved from

Andrews, A., Clawson, R., Gramig, B. M., & Raymond, L. (2013). Why Do Farmers Adopt Conservation Tillage? An Experimental Investigation of Framing Effects. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 68(6), 501-511. Retrieved from

Sesmero, J. P., & Gramig, B. M. (2013). Farmers' Supply Response, Price of Corn Residue, and Its Economic Viability as an Energy Feedstock. BioEnergy Research, 6(2), 797-807. Retrieved from

Reimer, A., Gramig, B. M., & Prokopy, L. S. (2013). Farmers and conservation programs: Explaining differences in Environmental Quality Incentives Program applications between states. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 68(2), 110-119.

Gramig, B. M., Barnard, J. B., & Prokopy, L. S. (2012). Farmer Beliefs about Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration Incentives. Climate Research, 56(2), 157-167. Retrieved from

Reeling, C. J., & Gramig, B. M. (2012). A Novel Framework for Analysis of Cross-Media Environmental Effects from Agricultural Conservation Practices. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 146(12), 44-51. Retrieved from

Gramig, B. M., & Horan, R. D. (2011). Jointly-Determined Livestock Disease Dynamics and Decentralised Economic Behaviour. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 55(3), 393-410.

Birch, M. B. L., Gramig, B. M., Moomaw, W., Doering, O. C., & Reeling, C. J. (2011). Why Metrics Matter: Evaluating Policy Choices for Reactive Nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Environmental Science and Technology, 45(1), 168-174.

Gramig, B. M., Wolf, C. A., & Lupi, F. (2010). Understanding Adoption of Livestock Health Management Practices: The Case of Bovine Leukosis Virus. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 58(3), 343-360. Retrieved from

Gramig, B. M., Horan, R. D., & Wolf, C. A. (2009). Livestock Disease Indemnity Design when Moral Hazard is Followed by Adverse Selection. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 91(3), 627-641.