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Department of Agricultural Economics

Recent Theses and Dissertations

Summer 2015

  • Courtney Acton (M.S.) – Economically-Optimal Mature Beef Cow Weight in the U.S. Southern Plains; Advisor – Eric DeVuyst
  • Monika Ghimire (Ph.D.) – Essays on Residential Water Demand and Consumer Preferences for Turfgrass Attributes; Advisor – Tracy Boyer
  • Curtis Dick (M.S.) – Economics of Managing Hard Red Winter Wheat for Protein Content; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Azaz Zaman (M.S.) – Climate Variability and Economic Resilience of Oklahoma Counties; Advisor – Dave Shideler

  • Spring 2015
  • Aaron Ates (M.S.) – Forecasting Meat Prices Using The Food Demand Survey (FooDS); Advisor – Jayson Lusk
  • Kelsey Conley (M.S.) – Does Broadband Matter for Rural Entrepreneurs or 'Creative Class' Employees?; Advisor – Brian Whitacre
  • Cortney Cowley (Ph.D.) – Economic and Political Considerations for Anaerobic Digestion Technology Adoption on Animal Feeding Operations; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Lance Gagelman (M.S.) – The Carbon Footprint of Beef, Grass-finished Beef, Other Meats and Carbon Offsets; Advisor – Bailey Norwood
  • Choolwe Haankuku (Ph.D.) – Production Economics of Potential Biofuel Feedstocks: Forage Sorghum, Switchgrass and Industrial Beets; Advisor – Francis Epplin
  • Shannon Mallory (M.S.) – Influence of Location Characteristics on Sale Prices at Oklahoma Feeder Cattle Auctions; Advisor – Eric DeVuyst
  • Frederic Ouedraogo (Ph.D.) – Crop Yield Response Models and Fertilizer Applicator's Efficiency; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Jeremy Walker (M.S.) – Valuing a Proposed Poultry Litter-to Energy Processing Plant Using Real Options; Advisor – Brian Adam

  • Fall 2014
  • Lori Allmon (M.S.) – Will Cattle Producers Be Willing To Adopt Electronic Cattle Monitoring Systems?; Advisor – Daniel Tilley
  • Brianna Domnick (M.S.) – Which Agricultural Sectors Benefit From the Low-Carbohydrate Diet movement: A Survey of consumer Perceptions of Healthy Food Substitutes on a Low-Carbohydrate Diet; Advisor – Jody Campiche
  • Mana-anya Iemsam-arng (M.S.) – U.S. Import Demand for Rice Utilizing Rotterdam and AIDS Models; Advisor – Shida Henneberry
  • Jana Walker (M.S.) – Valuing The Cooperative Firm Based On Discounted Cash Flows; Advisor – Phil Kenkel
  • Amanda Weaver (Ph.D.) – Restrictions in the SNAP Program and Consumption Outcomes; Advisor – Jayson Lusk
  • Tayler Witte (M.S.) – Determining the Impact of a New Farm Credit Branch in East Central Oklahoma; Advisor – Eric DeVuyst

  • Summer 2014
  • Yu Wang (M.S.) – Determinants of Hybrid Maize Adoption in Kenya; Advisor – Daniel Tilley
  • Zhepeng Hu (M.S.) – Spatial Price Efficiency in the Urea Market; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Zhiming Qiu (M.S.) – Effects of Food Programs On Children's Food Insecurity: A Simultaneous Equation Model; Advisor – Chanjin Chung
  • Candi Ge (M.S.) – The Value of Genetic Information In A Whole-Chain Traceability System for Beef; Advisor – Brian Adam
  • Suling Duan (M.S.) – Insect Control Without Failure, Is It Possible? Finding Insect-control strategies That Are Robust To Varying Weather Conditions and Insect Immigration Rates; Advisor – Brian Adam
  • Temesgen Helsabo (M.S.) – A Critical Analysis Of Crop Production, Yield Response To Fertilizer and Rainfall, Yield Variability Factors And Their Influence On Food Security Efforts Of Ethiopia; Advisor – Art Stoecker

  • Spring 2014
  • Justin Anderson (M.S.) – University Research Productivity: Determinants of University Technology Transfer Production; Advisor – Daniel Tilley
  • Arjun Basnet (Ph.D.) – Three Essays: Switchgrass Yield Prediction; Biomass Harvesting Cooperative; and Oklahoma Grain Ingrastructure Replacement; Advisor – Phil Kenkel
  • Vasco Langa (M.S.) – Economic Benefits of Different Institutional Structures on the Cotton Sector in West and Central Africa: Evidence From Burkina Faso; Advisor – Jeffrey Vitale
  • Brandon McFadden (Ph.D.) – Three Essays Examining the Effects of Information on Consumer Response to Contemporary Agricultural Production; Advisor – Jayson Lusk
  • Katie Smithson (M.S.) – Effect of Information Displays on Cage-Free and Organic Egg Sales: Evidence from Two Field Experiments; Advisor – Jayson Lusk
  • Randi Williams (M.S.) – Electronic Medical Record Adoption in Oklahoma: Rural-Urban Differences and the Role of Broadband Availability; Advisor – Brian Whitacre

  • Fall 2013
  • Cole Lamson (M.S.) – Thinking Inside the Box: Essays on the Evolving Mexican Cattle and Beef Industry; Advisor – Derrell Peel
  • Trent Milacek (M.S.) – How Much Would it be Worth to Know the WASDE Report in Advance?; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Shannon Sand (M.S.) – Creative Component – Value-Added Management Practice for Cow-Calf Producers: A Survey of Attitudes and Preferences; Advisor – Kellie Raper
  • Juheon Seok (Ph.D.) – Calendar Spread Options for Storable Commodities; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Sarah Ward (M.Ag.) – The Economic Impact of the Made in Oklahoma Coalition; Advisor – Rodney Holcomb

  • Summer 2013
  • Aaron Coffey (M.S.) – Private Benefits of Eastern Red Cedar Management and the Impact of Changing Stocker Value of Gain; Advisor – Derrell Peel
  • Trey Malone (M.S.) – An Examination of What Might Be Done to Move Modeling Local Foods Forward; Advisor – Dave Shideler
  • Seth Menefee (M.S.) – Financing Young and Beginning Beef Cattle Producers in Oklahoma; Advisor – Damona Doye
  • Seongin Park (Ph.D.) – Measuring Bilateral Marketing Power Between Processors and Retailers; Advisor – Chanjin Chung
  • Pilja Vitale (Ph.D.) – Management Practices and Efficiency of Farms in the Western Great Plains; Advisor – Francis Epplin

  • Spring 2013
  • Jeremy Bennett (M.S.) – An Examination of Native American Household Food Security in Oklahoma; Advisor – Jody Campiche
  • Lisa Brown (M.S.) – Comprehensive Analysis of U.S. Agricultural Marketing and Supply, Farm Credit and Rural Electric Cooperatives Member-owner Communications; Advisor – Phillip Kenkel
  • Yoonsuk Lee (Ph.D.) – Impacts of Permanent and Temporary Shocks on Optimal Length of Moving Average to Forecast a Time Series; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Masni Pohan (Ph.D.) – The Dynamics of Income Growth: An Inter-regional Study of Indonesian Households; Advisor – Jeffery Vitale
  • Johnna Rushin (M.S.) – Evaluation of the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act on Price Transmission within the Beef Marketing Channel; Advisor – Chanjin Chung
  • Angelica Serrano Paez (Ph.D.) – Health Economics and Grain Consumption Analysis in Using Household Survey Data in Mexico; Advisor – Shida Henneberry
  • Bruk Seyoum (M.S.) – Cost and Feed Efficiency Benefits of a Whole Chain Beef Traceability System; Advisor – Brian Adam
  • Admas Siyoum (M.S.) – Two Essays: Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in North Eastern Oklahoma; Advisor – Tracy Boyer

  • Fall 2012
  • Zakou Amadou (Ph.D.) – Three Essays on Value Enhancement Marketing Strategies for Cull Beef Cows; Advisor – Kellie Raper
  • Chris Baker (M.S.) – Ecological and Economic Tradeoff s in Wind Power Location; Advisor – Tracy Boyer
  • Hiren Bhavsar (Ph.D.) – Chloride Control and Irrigation Management: GIS Aided Approach to Economic Feasibility in Cotton; Advisor – Art Stoecker
  • Deepayan Debnath (Ph.D.) – Three Essays: Reservoir Management; Switchgrass Land Leasing; And Its Environmental Impact; Advisor – Art Stoecker
  • Maria Mejia (Ph.D.) – Essays in Food Demand and Production in Mexico; Advisor – Derrell Peel
  • Annie Nsafoah (M.S.) – Centralized Grain Storage in Ghana: A Feasibility Analysis; Advisor – Mike Dicks
  • Laura Pedraza Robles (Ph.D.) – Three Studies on Mexican Agriculture; Advisor – Shida Henneberry
  • Stephanie Schumacher (M.S.) – Factors Limiting Producer Adoption of Value-Added Management and Marketing Practices and Determining Value Differences for Steers and Heifers; Advisor – Derrell Peel
  • Agus Widarjono (Ph.D.) – Food and Nutrient Demand in Indonesia; Advisor – Shida Henneberry

  • Summer 2012
  • Brenna Ellison (Ph.D.) – Three Essays on the Effects of Calorie Labeling in Full Service Restaurants; Advisor – Jayson Lusk
  • Monika Ghimire, (M.S.) – GIS and Hydrological Simulation Model Integrated Feasibility Study of Irrigation Development Under Salinity; Advisor – Art Stoecker
  • Amadou Gouzaye (M.S.) – The Value of Price Stabilization Policy for Cotton Producers in Burkina Faso; Advisor – Jeffery Vitale
  • Frederic Ouedraogo (M.S.) – The Economic Impacts of Land Use Changes Associated with Switchgrass-based Ethanol Production in Oklahoma; Advisor – Jody Campiche
  • Mallory Vestal (Ph.D.) – Essays on Demand, Production, Marketing, and Policy Issues in the Bovine and Equine Industries; Advisor – Jayson Lusk
  • Lance Weaver (M.S.) – Should We Pay Farmers Not To Farm? A Case of the Conservation Reserve Program; Advisor – Jody Campiche
  • Brian Williams (Ph.D.) – An Analysis of Retained Ownership and Value-Added Management Practices By Cow-Calf Producers; Advisor – Eric DeVuyst
  • Tesfaye Woldesenbet (M.S.) – Economic and Environmental Tradeoff s from Switchgrass and Ethanol Production (A Case in Oklahoma); Advisor – Dave Shideler

  • Spring 2012
  • Prasant Allaka (M.S.) – Formal Report – Estimation of Food Demand in India Based on Household Food Consumption Data – A Case of Odisha; Advisor – Shida Henneberry
  • Hung-Ju Chien (Ph.D.) – The Effects of Income, Endowment, and Risk Preference on Behavioral Anomalies; Advisor – Brian Adam
  • Andrew Griffith (Ph.D.) – Production Economics of Potential Perennial and Annual Biomass Feedstocks; Advisor – Francis Epplin
  • Ashley Jackson (M.S.) – How Specialized is “too” Specialized? Outmigration and Industry Diversification in Nonmetropolitan Counties Across America; Advisor – Brian Whitacre
  • Ivica Janeski (M.S.) – Long-Term Economic Impacts of USDA Water Infrastructure Investments in Oklahoma; Advisor – Brian Whitacre
  • Kristen Kovalsky (M.S.) – Do Consumers Really Know How Much They Are Willing To Pay?; Advisor – Jayson Lusk
  • John Mann (Ph.D.) – Essays on: 1. Insect Resistance and Costs in Stored Grain; 2. Undergraduate Student’s Preferences for College Courses, and the Characteristics of Students Selecting Online Courses; and 3. Developing a Composite Entrepreneurship Indicator as a Measure of Schumpeterian Activity; Advisor – Brian Adam
  • Dakota Moss (M.S.) – Bio-Fuels in Oklahoma: Measuring the Economic Impacts of Switchgrass and Cellulosic Ethanol Production; Advisor – Rodney Holcomb
  • Kalyn Neal (M.S.) – Fragmentation of Ownership and its Effect on Oklahoma Land Parcels; Advisor – Damona Doye
  • Amanda Simpson (M.S.) – Improving the Nutritional Quality at What Cost? The Economics of Reducing Sodium in Foods; Advisor – Jody Campiche
  • Erin White (M.Ag.) – Program Evaluation and Financial Management with the Noble Foundation; Advisor – Rodney Holcomb

  • Fall 2011
  • Chris Boyer (Ph.D.) - Agent-Based Common Value Auctions; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Jong San Choi (Ph.D.) – Economic Approach on Allocation Irrigation Water under Salinity based on Different Soils for Potential Irrigated Agriculture using EPIC Crop Model; Advisor – Art Stoecker
  • Leslie Holt (M.Ag.) – Internship; Advisor – Dan Tilley
  • Chaowana Phetcharat (Ph.D.) – An Optimal Application of Swine Effluent in Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles Determined By Baysian Stochastic Dynamic Programming; Advisor – Art Stoecker
  • Lianfan Su (Ph.D.) – Three Essays on Cost and Benefit Analysis of Rice Post-Harvest Stored Insect Management Methods; Advisor – Brian Adam
  • Emmanuel Tumusiime (Ph.D.) – The Cost of Coexistence Between Bt Maize and Open Pollinated Maize Varieties in Lowland Coastal Kenya; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Brandon Varner (M.S.) – No-Till Versus Tilled Dryland Cotton, Grain Sorghum, and Wheat, and Breakeven Pasture Lease Rate for Dual-Purpose Winter Wheat; Advisor – Francis Epplin

  • Summer 2011
  • Matt Padgett (M.S.)Water Use and Conservation Adoption by Residential Users in Oklahoma: Motivations, Attitudes, and Perceptions; Advisor – Larry Sanders
  • Michael Reilley (M.S.) – Essays on Recreational Demand for Trout Fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork River and Municipal Water Conservation; Advisor – Tracy Boyer
  • Vonesili Saysana (M.S.) – Promoting Organic and Fair Trade Certification in the Lao PDR Coffee Sector: Benefits and Challenges for Farmers and Local Economics; Advisor – Mike Dicks
  • JoDee Schmidt (M.S.) – Determinants of Water Conservation Irrigation Practices: A Study of Park and Golf Turfgrass; Advisor – Tracy Boyer
  • Folakemi Sobowale (M.S.) – Impact of United Corn Based Ethanol Production on Land Use in Brazil; Advisor – Mike Dicks

  • Spring 2011
  • Rock André (M.S.) – Aid Relief Values In Haiti After The Earthquake: Haitians’ Preferences For Food And Other Basic Commodities; Advisor – Shida Henneberry
  • Melissa Bowers (M.Ag.) – Economics In Insurance: A Professional Experience With Farmers Insurance Group; Advisor – Damona Doye
  • Max Corbin (M.S.) – Animal Welfare…What Factors Influence How A State Will Vote On Animal Welfare Ballot Initiatives?; Advisor – Bailey Norwood
  • Carra Crow (M.S.) – Improving Consumer Participation In Local Food Markets: A Case Study of Oklahoma Farmers’ Markets; Advisor – Shida Henneberry
  • Steve Gilliland (M.S.) – Water Pricing In Oklahoma: A Creative Component To Assess Three Water Cases; Advisor – Larry Sanders
  • In Bae Ji (Ph.D.) – Three Essays On Market Power In The U.S. Cattle Procurement Market; Advisor – Chanjin Chung
  • Tyler Klain (M.S.) – Value of Country of Origin Labeling Information for Beef and Pork in the United States; Advisor – Jayson Lusk
  • Byoung-hoon Lee (Ph.D.) – Improved Methods of Estimating Construction Costs of Agricultural Facilities & Forecasting of Wheat Yield and Quality Conditional on Weather Information; Advisor – Phillip Kenkel
  • Rupak Lohani (M.S.) – Non thesis creative component; Advisor – Rodney Holcomb
  • Will Robertson (M.S.) – Small Manufacturer Strategic Decision Making Assistance Tool (SMSDM): A Case Study of a Small Oklahoma Manufacturer; Advisor – Dan Tilley
  • Samarth Shah (Ph.D.) – Essays on Liquidity Costs in Futures and Options Markets; Advisor – Wade Brorsen
  • Eyosiyas Tegegne (M.S.) – Rural Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payments and Their Impact in a Rural-Urban Perspective (A Case in Oklahoma); Advisor – Dave Shideler
  • Galen Williams (M.S.) – An Analysis Of Premiums From A Certified Preconditioning Program; Advisor – Kellie Raper
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