Gerald E. Shively
Department of Agricultural Economics
Purdue University
403 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone +1 765 494 4218
Fax +1 765 494 9176
twitter @ProfShively geshively


Last updated: April 2018

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Working in collaboration with a worldwide network of colleagues, I conduct research on a wide range of topics related to poverty, food security, economic development and the environment in developing regions of the world. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, USAID, the Ford Foundation and The World Bank. Much of my research focuses on household land and labor allocation in marginally productive agricultural areas. I am keenly interested in nutrition and health, and methods to connect data on weather and climate, including remotely-sensed satellite data, to observational data on economic behaviors and outcomes on the ground. My goal is to help inform policies to make global food production more environmentally sustainable. I study the interactions between poverty and environmental degradation so as to help eliminate both. During the 2016/17 academic year I spent a portion of my time as a Faculty Fellow in the Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI), and continue to serve as a PPRI affiliate.




One of my current projects is being conducted as part of the USAID Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab, which has its home in the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University.  This is a large collaborative project involving many institutions and investigators. The aim is to discover how policy interventions can most effectively achieve large-scale improvements in child nutrition outcomes. We work with a network of colleagues in Asia (primarily Nepal) and Africa (primarily Uganda). Here are two broad overview papers on food security and human nutrition in Nepal and Uganda. You can also check out my latest paper on infrastructure, child growth, and rainfall in Nepal and Uganda. It is available, thanks to open-access funding provided by USAID, here:


I am a member of the executive committee of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security and an affiliate of the Purdue Center for the Environment and the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.



the Environment

One of my long-standing interests is the connection between poverty and the environment. This interest originates with my dissertation fieldwork in the Philippines more than 20 years ago, which I conducted with the support of a Fulbright grant and a Boren Fellowship. I continue to work with scientists worldwide to better understand the connections between agriculture, forest use and household livelihoods. Some of my past work in this area was funded by USAID as part of the AMA BASIS CRSP project, and included collaboration with CIFOR’s PEN project.




In the fall of 2018, I will once again be team teaching a multidisciplinary course at Purdue on World Food Problems. You can read about it here.

In the fall of 2017 I taught AGEC 640, Agricultural Development and Policy. This course will next be offered in the fall of 2019.

My other recent teaching responsibilities have included:
     AGEC 406 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
     AGEC 654 Economic Dynamics

Until very recently, I was also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Economics and Business at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, where I still maintain research contacts.




I am the former Chair of Purdue’s graduate program in Agricultural Economics. Our MS and PhD programs offer a wide range of opportunities for students interested in Applied Economics. If you are interested in graduate study at Purdue, please visit the department's graduate program home page. If you are a graduate student considering an academic career, read Strategy and Etiquette for Graduate Students Entering the Academic Job Market. If you are a PhD student working on your dissertation, read my 22 writing tips and check out these words of wisdom, encouragement and advice from one of my early mentors in the Economics Department at Boston University, Michael Manove. Finally, keep in mind what Michelangelo wrote (in Italian, of course): “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” So it goes with dissertations. Keep chipping away at that block of stone!