Professor McNamara's research interests in regional economics and
economic impact analysis include: analysis of factors influencing
manufacturing growth, impacts of infrastructure investment on regional
economic growth, and linkages between agriculture and the non
agricultural economy. Dr. McNamara works with federal, state, and
local government officials, development organizations, and industry
groups as well as other faculty to research rural economic growth
alternatives and evaluate development policy options.
Current research includes: farmland price
analysis, Indiana and regional growth trend analysis, food
manufacturing industry growth analysis, and assessment of
manufacturers’ technical assistance needs. Dr. McNamara is
currently an advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education for
capacity building in agriculture and veterinary science education.
He resided in Afghanistan in 2005 coordinating programming for a
$4.2 million grant. Among the activities he completed were
contracting for renovation of the agriculture and veterinary science
buildings, establishment of linkages between Afghan and Indian
universities for student and faculty training/exchange, development of
a strategic planning process to guide redevelopment of agriculture
and veterinary science higher education, creation of faculty and
student English language training as a key education modernization
program. Dr. McNamara is continuing to provide leadership to the
Ministry of Higher Education’s agriculture education efforts with
USAID and USDA funding support.
Recent authored and co-authored publications include:
"Cost Factors, Market Structure, Agglomeration, Infrastructure, and Local Growth of Food Industry in Germany." Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft,2001;
"Market Power in Regional Retail Gasoline Markets? An Empirical Analysis." Journal of Economics and Statistics,
22(1): 1-13, 2001. McNamara, Kevin T., Christoph R. Weiss, and
Antje Wittkopp. “Market Success Of Premium Product Innovation:
Empirical Evidence From The German Food Sector” Dept. Of Food
Economics & Consumption Studies, University Of Kiel, Olshausenstr.
40, 24118 Kiel, Germany. 2003. Mcnamara, Kevin T., and
Christoph R.Weiss. “Farm Household Income and On- and Off-Farm
Diversification.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics,
37,1(April 2005): 37-48, 2005. Lambert, Dayton M, Kevin T.
McNamara, and Megan I. Garrett. “An Application of Spatial Poisson
Models to Manufacturing Investment Location Analysis.” Journal of
Agricultural and Applied Economic, 38,1 (April 2006): 105-121, 2006.
Mayén, Carlos D., and Kevin T. McNamara. “Economic Importance of
the Indiana Poultry Industry.” Purdue Agricultural Economics Report,
pg 8-15, August 2006 Mayén, Carlos D., and Kevin T. McNamara.
“Economic Importance of the Indiana Dairy Industry.” Purdue
Agricultural Economics Report, pg. 15-20, August 2006 Mayén,
Carlos D., and Kevin T. McNamara. “Indiana’s Egg Industry.” Purdue
Agricultural Economics Report, pg. 6-10, January 2006 .