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Bradford L. Barham

Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
E-Mail Address:
Telephone: (608) 265-3090
Fax: (608) 262-4376
Office Address: 422 Taylor Hall
427 Lorch St.
Madison, WI  53706
Interests: Industrial organization; international agricultural development; Latin America
Office Hours: M 1-2, T 3-4 and by appointment.
My research program centers on themes related to Wisconsin agriculture, technology adoption and innovation, and environment and development issues, especially in Latin America. I have active research projects on advice taking and timing of adoption of GM crops; landowner's willingness to participate in biomass provisioning for bioenergy in Wisconsin and Michigan; optimal marketing and production diversification strategies for multi-crop vegetable farmers; migration, education, and job opportunities for rural youth in Oaxaca, Mexico; certified coffee schemes and economic outcomes for producers; and, migration and peach adoption among farmers in an irrigated valley of Bolivia.

My outreach efforts focus on making my research useful to farmers, their associations, and others who work closely with them. I was formerly co-director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies; our funding was eliminated by state and college budget cuts from 2007-12.

I am currently chair of AAE's Outreach and Advancement Committee, and Faculty Director of the Greenhouse (a residential learning center on campus, dedicated to sustainability themes).

Education

Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University, 1988.
B.A., Economics, University of California at San Diego, Revelle College, 1981

Recent Papers & Publications

  • Boucher, Stephen, Bradford L. Barham and Michael R. Carter. January 2005. "The Impact of Market Friendly Reforms on the Operation of Credit and Land Markets in Honduras and Nicaragua" World Development 33(1):107-128
  • Barham, Bradford L., Jeremy Foltz, Douglas Jackson-Smith and Sunung Moon. February 2004. "The Dynamics of Agricultural Biotechnology Adoption: Lessons from rBST Use in Wisconsin, 1994-2001" American Journal of Agricultural Economics 86 (1):61-72
  • Chavas, Jean-Paul, Bradford L. Barham, Jeremy D. Foltz, and Kwansoo KIm. "Analysis and Decomposition of Scope Economies: R&D at US Reserach Universities" Applied Economics.
  • Barham, Bradford L., Mercedez Callenes, Seth Gitter, Jessa Lewis, and Jeremy Weber. 2011. "Fair Trade/Organic Coffee, Rural Livelihoods, and the ‘Agrarian Question’: Southern Mexican Coffee Farmers in Transition" World Development 39(1):134-145
  • Foltz, Jeremy, Bradford Barham, Kwansoo Kim. 2007. "Synergies or Tradeoffs in University Life Science Research" American Journal of Agricultural Economics 89(2):353-367
  • Gitter, Seth, Bradford Barham. 2007. "Credit, Natural Disasters, Coffee and Educational Attainment in Rural Honduras" World Development 35(3):498-511
  • Barham, Bradford, Oliver Coomes. "Sunk Costs, Resource Extractive Industries, and Development Outcomes." in Nature, Raw Materials, and Political Economy: Research in Rural Sociology and Development. Netherlands: Elsevier, 2005, pp.159-186.
  • Barham, Bradford L., Jeremy Foltz, Douglas Jackson-Smith, and Sunung Moon. 2004. "A Comparative Analysis of rBST Adoption Across Major U.S. Dairy Regions " Review of Agricultural Economics 26(1):32-44
  • Takaski, Yoshito, Bradford L. Barham and Oliver T. Coomes. 2004. "Risk Coping Strategies in Tropical Forests: Floods, Illnesses, and Resource Extraction" Environmental and Development Economics 9:203-224
  • Kim, Kwansoo, Bradford L. Barham, Jean-Paul Chavas and Jeremy Foltz. "Analysis and Decomposition of Scope Economies:R & D at U.S. Research Universities" Management Science (second review).
  • Jean-Paul Chavas and Bradford L. Barham. "On Microeconomic Efficiency under Bounded Rationality" Economic Journal.
  • Seth Gitter and Bradford L. Barham. "Conditional Cash Transfers, Shocks, and School Enrollment in Nicaragua" Journal of Development Studies.
  • Useche, Pilar, Bradford L. Barham, and Jeremy D. Foltz. "Integrating Technology Traits and Producer Heterogeneity: A Mixed-Multinomial Model of Genetically Modified Corn Adoption" American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Lewis, D.J., Barham, B.L., and K. Zimmerer. "Spatial Externalities in Agriculture: Empirical Analysis, Statistical Identification, and Policy Implications" World Development.
  • Lewis, David, Bradford Barham, Karl Zimmerer. "Spatial Externalities in Agriculture and the Environment: Empirical Identification and Policy Implications." Dept. of Ag & App Econ. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Takasaki, Yoshito, Bradford Barham, Oliver Coomes. "Smoothing Income Against Crop Flood Losses in Amazonia: Rain Forest or Rivers as a Safety Net." Dept. of Ag & App Econ. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Gitter, Seth, Bradford Barham. "Women’s Power, Conditional Cash Transfers, and Schooling in Nicaragua." Dept. of Ag & App Econ. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Chavas, Jean-Paul, Bradford Barham. "“On Microeconomic Efficiency and Entrepreneurship under Bounded Rationality,." Dept. of Ag & App Econ. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Chavas, Jean-Paul, Bradford Barham. "On the Microeconomics of Diversification under Uncertainty and Learning." Dept. of Ag & App Econ. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Barham, Bradford, Jeremy Foltz. "Patenting, Commercialization, and US Academic Research in the 21st Century: The Resilience of Basic, Federally-funded Open Science." Dept. of Ag & App Econ. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Gitter, Seth, Bradford Barham. "Women’s Power, Conditional Cash Transfers, and Schooling in Nicaragua" World Bank Economic Review.
  • Brock, Caroline, Bradford Barham. "Farm Structural Change of a Different Kind: Alternative Dairy Farms in Wisconsin – Graziers, Organic, and Amish" Renewable Agriculture.
  • Barham, Bradford, Jeremy Foltz. "Patenting, Commercialization, and US Academic Research in the 21st Century: The Resilience of Basic, Federally-funded Open Science" Research Policy.
  • Lewis, David J., Bradford L. Barham, and Brian Robinson. "Are there spatial spillovers in the adoption of clean technology? The case of organic dairy farming in Wisconsin" Land Economics.
  • Aldana, Ursula, Jeremy D. Foltz, Bradford L. Barham, Pilar Useche. "Sequential Adoption of Package Technologies: The Dynamics of Stacked Corn Adoption,” " American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Rebane, Kaja, Bradford L. Barham. "Knowledge and Adoption of Solar Home Systems in Rural Nicaragua" Energy Policy.
  • Barham, Bradford L., Mercedez Callenes, Seth Gitter, Jessa Lewis, and Jeremy Weber. "Fair Trade/Organic Coffee, Rural Livelihoods, and the ‘Agrarian Question’: Southern Mexican Coffee Farmers in Transition" World Development.
  • Useche, Pilar, Paul Jaramillo, Bradford L. Barham, and Jeremy D. Foltz. "A State Contingent Approach to Farmer Valuation and Adoption of New Crop Traits" American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Gitter, Seth, Jeremy Weber, Bradford L. Barham, Mercedez Callenes, and Jessa M. Lewis. "Fair Trade/Organic Cooperatives, Migration, and Secondary Schooling in Southern Mexico,” " Journal of Development Studies.
  • Foltz, Jeremy D., Bradford L. Barham, Jean-Paul Chavas, and Kwansoo Kim. "Efficiency and Technological Change at U.S. Research Universities" Journal of Productivity Analysis.
  • Gitter, Seth R., James Manley, Bradford L. Barham. "The Coffee Crisis, Early Childhood Development, and Conditional Cash Transfers" World Development.
  • Aldana, Ursula, Bradford L. Barham, Jeremy D. Foltz, and Pilar Useche. "Early Adoption, Experience, and Farm Performance of GM Corn Seeds " Agricultural Economics.
  • Barham, Bradford and Jeremy Weber. "The Economic Sustainability of Certified Coffee Schemes: Recent Evidence from Mexico and Peru" World Bank Development.
  • Barham, Bradford, Jean Paul Chavas, Dylan Fitz, Vanessa Rios Salas, and Laura Schechter. "The Role of Risk and Ambiguity in Technology Adoption" American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Aldana, Ursula, Bradford L. Barham, Jeremy D. Foltz, and Pilar Useche. "Early Adoption, Experience, and Farm Performance of GM Corn Seeds" Agricultural Economics.
  • Kim, Kwansoo, Jean-Paul Chavas, Bradford Barham, and Jeremy Foltz. "Specialization, Diversification, and Productivity: A Panel Data Analysis of Rice Farms in Korea" Agricultural Economics.
  • Useche, Pilar, Paul Jaramillo, Bradford L. Barham, and Jeremy D. Foltz. "Traits, Uncertainty, and to Farmer Valuation of New Technologies: An Ex Ante Comparison of Next Generation Corn Seeds" Agricultural Economics.
  • Useche, Pilar, Bradford L. Barham, and Jeremy D. Foltz. "Trait-based Adoption Models Using Ex-Ante and Ex-Post Approaches " American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Foltz, Jeremy D., Pilar Useche, and Bradford L. Barham. "Bundling Technology and Insurance: Packages versus Technology Traits" American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Kim, Kwansoo, Jean-Paul Chavas, Bradford L. Barham, and Jeremy D. Foltz. "Rice, Irrigation, and Downside Risk: A Quantile Analysis of Risk Exposure and Mitigation on Korean Rice Farms" European Review of Agricultural Economics.
Last updated on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 3:04pm