Michael S. Delgado

Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural Economics
Purdue University

Research Interests

My research focuses on applied econometric methods, environmental economics and policy, and more recently Chinese economic issues. My econometric research is geared primarily towards identifying causal effects, often developing heterogeneity in these effects via non/semiparametric or spatial estimators. Recent projects also include theoretical development of new semiparametric instrumental variables estimators and identification of causal spatial spillovers. My work in environmental economics focuses primarily on voluntary pollution abatement from consumers and producers, and more recently has included building economic models of extreme weather events and measuring environmental impacts of agricultural production through collaboration with colleagues and students at Purdue. I am also interested in economic issues related to Chinese economic development, and recent research in this area focuses on contract farming, evaluation of a crop insurance program in Inner Mongolia, and regional heterogeneity.

Some of my current research is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, and recent past research has been funded by the Purdue Research Foundation, and the Purdue University College of Agriculture.

For a complete listing of publications, please see my Curriculum Vita.

Selected Publications

"The Value of Environmental Status Signaling," with Jessica L. Harriger and Neha Khanna, Ecological Economics, 2015, 111, 1-11, lead article.

"The Transition to Modern Agriculture: Contract Farming in Developing Countries," with H. Holly Wang and Yanbing Wang, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2014, 96 (5), 1257-1271.

"A Simple Estimator for Partial Linear Regression with Endogenous Nonparametric Variables," with Christopher F. Parmeter, Economics Letters, 2014, 124 (1), 100-103.

"Does Education Matter for Economic Growth?" with Daniel J. Henderson and Christopher F. Parmeter, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2014, 76 (3), 334-359.

"Embarrassingly Easy Embarrassingly Parallel Processing in R," with Christopher F. Parmeter, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2013, 28 (7), 1224-1230.

Active and Recent Grant Funding

USDA Innovation Research Grant, 4/2015-9/2017, joint collaboration between Purdue Ag Econ, Purdue PCRD and ERS, $298,500.

USDA NIFA, 12/2014-11/2018, with Maria I. Marshall (PI) and Craig Dobbins, $471,000.

Purdue Research Foundation, 9/2014-5/2015, one year of research assistant support.

Agricultural Research at Purdue, 8/2013-5/2015, two years of research assistant support.