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Raymond J.G.M. Florax

Agricultural Economics 

  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
Krannert Room 658

Raymond J.G.M. Florax (1956) holds degrees in economics and sociology from universities in his native country, The Netherlands. He joined Purdue and the Agricultural Economics Department in 2005. He is also associated with the Department of Spatial Economics at the VU University in Amsterdam, where he formerly coordinated the department’s MASTER-point research group engaged in research on meta-analysis in spatial, transport, and environmental economics. At Purdue he is enthusiastically engaged in researching and teaching topics at the interface of economics, space and the environment, and he has a keen interest in developing and applying new statistical analysis techniques for spatial data. Dr. Florax is an active member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), and served a ten-year tenure as editor-in-chief of their flagship journal “Papers in Regional Science.” He has held various administrative offices, including President of the University Council at Wageningen Agricultural University, and has been advisor of the Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis. He is a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute (TI), the Spatial Econometrics Association (SEA), the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS) and formerly the Netherlands Network of Economics (NAKE), an editorial board member of three regional science journals, and has been visiting professor at universities in San Diego and Tucson in the US, Barcelona in Spain, and Hamilton in New Zealand.

His research deals with spatial data analysis, spatial econometrics, spatial and environmental modeling, and meta-analysis. He has published widely on various topics in these areas, and authored books, contributions to edited volumes and journal articles, in addition to editing collected volumes and special journal issues.

Professor Florax has extensive experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, and has been the advisor of numerous Master and Ph.D. students. Recently taught classes and workshops cover the areas of spatial econometrics, urban and regional economics, and meta-analysis.

His latest books/special issues are:

• Novel Contributions to Spatial Econometrics, International Regional Science Review, 2014 (special issue with Yong Bao and Julie Le Gallo).

• Improving Energy Efficiency through Technology: Trends, Investment Behaviour and Policy Design, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011 (ed. vol. with Henri L.F. de Groot and Peter Mulder).

• Advances in Spatial Econometrics: Methodology, Tools and Applications, Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2004 (ed. vol. with Luc Anselin and Serge J. Rey).



Awards & Honors

(2011) Fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. Tinbergen Institute (TI), The Netherlands.

(2007) Fellow of the Spatial Econometrics Association. Spatial Econometrics Association (SEA).

(2006) Fellow of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS). Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands.

(2000) Fellow Netherlands Network of Economics. Netherlands Network of Economics (NAKE).

(1993) First Prize International Dissertation Competition. Regional Science Association International (RSAI).

Selected Publications

De Dominicis, L., Florax, R. J. G. M., & De Groot, H. L. F. (2013). Regional Clusters of Innovative Activity in Europe: Are Social Capital and Geographical Proximity Key Determinants?. Applied Economics, 45(17), 2325-2335.

Brown, J. P., Lambert, D. M., & Florax, R. J. G. M. (2013). Firm Birth, Death and Persistence: Creative Destruction and the Spatial Distribution of U.S. Manufacturing Establishments, 2000-2006. Economic Geography, 89(3), 203-226.

Ward, P. S., Florax, R. J. G. M., & Flores-Lagunes, A. (in press). Climate Change and Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Spatial Sample Selection Model. European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Josephson, A. L., Ricker-Gilbert, J., & Florax, R. J. G. M. (in press). How Does Population Density Influence Agricultural Intensification and Productivity? The Case of Ethiopia. Food Policy.

Chen, S. E., Florax, R. J. G. M., & Snyder, S. D. (2013). Obesity and Fast Food in Urban Markets: A New Approach Using Geo-referenced Micro Data. Health Economics, 22(7), 835-856.

Lambert, D. M., Florax, R. J. G. M., & Wan, X. (in press). Partial Adjustment Analysis of Income and Jobs, and Growth Regimes in the Appalachian Region with Smooth Transition Spatial Process Models. International Regional Science Review.

Beckhusen, J., Florax, R. J. G. M., Poot, J., & Waldorf, B. S. (2013). Attracting Global Talent and Then What? Overeducated Immigrants in the US. Journal of Regional Science, 53(5), 834-854.

Dillard, J. G., Kuethe, T. D., Dobbins, C., Boehlje, M., & Florax, R. J. G. M. (2013). The Impacts of the Tax-Deferred Exchange Provision on Farm Real Estate Values,. Land Economics, 89(3), 479-489.

Beckhusen, J., Florax, R. J. G. M., De Graaff, T., Poot, J., & Waldorf, B. (2013). Living and Working in Ethnic Enclaves: Language Proficiency of Immigrants in U.S. Metropolitan Areas. Papers in Regional Science, 92(2), 305-328.

Delbecq, B., Brown, J. P., Florax, R. J. G. M., Kladivko, E. J., Nistor, A., & Lowenberg-DeBoer, J. M. (2012). The Impact of Drainage Water Management Technology on Corn Yields. Agronomy Journal, 104(4), 1100-1109.