About Xudong Rao

Academic Positions
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, 2019 – Present
  • Assistant Professor, Business Economics Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2015-2019 (Permanent contract granted in 2018)
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2015
  • M.S., Renmin University of China, 2008
  • B.S., Renmin University of China, 2006
Research Areas

Farm and Agribusiness Management, Risk Analysis, Efficiency and Productivity, Technology Adoption, Food and Agricultural Policy, International Agricultural Development

Selected Awards
  • University Excellence Education Prize, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2017.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Award, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, 2016.
  • Quality of Research Discovery Award, Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society, 2015.
Representative Publications
  • Rao, X. 2019. “Land Fragmentation with Double Dividends - The Case of Tanzanian Agriculture." European Review of Agricultural Economics. https://doi.org/10.1093/erae/jby034
  • Hurley, T.M., X. Rao and P.G. Pardey. 2017. “Re-Examining the Reported Rates of Return to Food and Agricultural Research and Development: Reply." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99(3): 827-836. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aaw079
  • Zhang, Y., X. Rao, and H.H. Wang. 2017. “Organization, Technology, and Management Innovations through Acquisition in Chinas Pork Value Chains: The Case of the Smithfield Acquisition by Shuanghui." Food Policy83: 337-345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.08.004
  • Pardey, P.G., R.S. Andrade, T.M. Hurley, X. Rao, and F.G. Liebenberg. 2016. “Returns to Food and Agricultural R&D Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1975-2014." Food Policy 65: 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.09.009
  • Hurley, T.M., X. Rao and P.G. Pardey. 2014. “Re-Examining the Reported Rates of Return to Food and Agricultural Research and Development." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96(5): 1492-1504. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aau047
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