Gerald E. “Jerry” Shively
Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture
Professor of Agricultural Economics

International Programs in Agriculture
Purdue University
615 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA

Phone +1 765 494 8467
Fax +1 765 494 9613 geshively


Last updated: January 2024

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I am an applied economist with three decades of higher education experience. I lead international efforts in one of the top colleges of agriculture in the world -- #3 in the US and #5 in the world, according to QS rankings.  I teach and conduct policy-oriented research with a focus on improving human nutrition and the productivity and sustainability of smallholder agriculture. I strive to maintain a positive perspective and to provide a constructive, collaborative, and evidence-based approach to confronting global grand challenges.

Working in collaboration with a worldwide network of colleagues, I have conducted research on a wide range of topics related to poverty, food security, nutrition, 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 marginally productive agricultural areas of the world. My goal is to help inform policies to improve human nutrition and make global food production more environmentally sustainable. In addition to my responsibilities as Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA) in the College of Agriculture at Purdue, I serve as a member of the executive committee of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security and an affiliate of the Purdue Institute for a Sustainable Future. 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.




Much of my recent research has been conducted as part of the USAID Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab, now superseded by the Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab, which has its home in the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. These collaborative activities, involving many institutions and investigators, focus on discovering how to scale innovations and policy interventions to achieve widespread improvements in human nutrition. Many of my published papers from the project, including this PNAS paper on infrastructure, child growth, and rainfall in Nepal and Uganda, and a more recent paper on altitude and early child growth in 47 countries, are available as open-access thanks to USAID support.



the Environment

One of my long-standing interests is the connection between poverty and the environment. This interest originates with my dissertation fieldwork, which I conducted in the Philippines more than 20 years ago 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 included collaboration with CIFOR’s PEN project.




In past years, I taught a multidisciplinary course at Purdue on World Food Problems. You can read about it here. This was a team-taught, writing-intensive course for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students

My other recent teaching responsibilities have included AGEC 406 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; AGEC 640 Agricultural Development and Policy; and AGEC 654 Economic Dynamics.

For many years, I served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Economics and Business at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, where I still maintain research contacts.



Study in

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 in Agricultural Economics 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 Italiano, of course): “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” So, too, it goes with dissertations and graduate research. Keep chipping away at that block of stone!