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Steven Yu-Ping Wu

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor
765.494.4299
Krannert Room 784B

Dr. Wu’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of Applied Contract Theory and Incentive Systems, Health Economics and Food, Applied Microeconomics, Experimental Economics, Regulation and Public Policy related to Agricultural Contracting. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in Agricultural and Resource Economics in December 2001.

Much of his work centers around contract theory and applied contracting issues in agriculture. His current interests are in the empirical testing of incentive systems; and the design of optimal pricing and incentive schemes for marketing, production, and supply contracting.  He is also investigating the impact of soft drink taxes and serving size restrictions on consumer welfare.

He is also interested in the study of informal incentives used by individuals and organizations to manage performance and regulate economic activity. Wu is a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.

Awards & Honors

(2019) Student Choice Spotlight Educator Award. Purdue College of Agriculture.

(2019) Bilsland Dissertation Fellowshop. Purdue.

(2012) Department of Agricultural Economics Nominee. University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University,.

(2011) Department of Agricultural Economics Nominee. University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University,.

(2008) Research Fellow. Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

(2008) Research Fellow. Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

(2005) Pomerene Teaching Award,. College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University.

Selected Publications

Wu, S. Y., & MacDonald, J. (2015). Economics of Agricultural Contract Grower Protection Legislation. Choices.

Yoder, J. R., Alexander, C. E., Ivanic, R., Rosch, S., Tyner, W. E., & Wu, S. Y. (2015). Risk vs Reward, a Financial Analysis of Alternative Contract Specications for the Mis- canthus Lignocellulosic Supply Chain. BioEnergy Research,, 8, 644-656.

Wu, S. (2014). Adapting Contract Theory to Fit Contract Farming. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 96, 1241-1256.

Contract Producer Protection Legislation and Termination Damages in the Presence of Contracting Frictions. (2010). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 92, 28-41.

Brady, M. (in press). The Aggregation of Preferences in Groups: Identity, Responsibility, and Polarization. Journal of Economic Psychology.

Just, D. (2009). Experimental Economics and the Economics of Contracts. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 91(5), 1382-1388. Retrieved from http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118482046/home

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