Spiro Stefanou

Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Stefanou's research activities address themes of competitiveness and growth, and related policy implications.  His research revolves around how firms make decisions when current decisions impact future production possibilities.  How firms choose to adopt effective technologies and their capabilities to extract the maximum potential from these technologies is a key feature of these frameworks. Investment and innovation patterns, firm learning, and capacity utilization are key features of these investigations.  The policy stories associated with the dynamic capabilities and productivity have wide interest since growth can come from firms wasting fewer resources or adapting their size to extract the full potential of technologies in place, and/or firms looking to push the technological envelope.

Prior to arriving in Gainesville in January 2015, he was Professor of Agricultural Economics at Penn State University since 1983 and currently holds a part-time appointment as Professor in the Business Economics Group at Wageningen University (Netherlands). 

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and was a Marie Curie Senior Fellow at the University of Crete (Rethymnon, Greece), Mansholt Senior Fellow at Wageningen University (Netherlands), and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).  He has been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Vienna, Austria), and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (at Chania).  Dr. Stefanou has served on the editorial boards of six national and international journals.  He is presently the Managing Editor of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy in addition to being past editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.  He has been interviewed and quoted by local, national and international news media, including the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Reuters, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), CBS News Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, Dan Rather Reports and Marketplace.


The impact of the 2008 financial crisis on dynamic productivity of the Spanish food manufacturing industry: an impulse response analysis, with Magda Kapelko and Alfons Oude Lansink, Agricultural Economics, 48 (2017), 561-571.

Input-Specific dynamic productivity change: measurement and application to European dairy manufacturing firms, with Magda Kapelko and Alfons Oude Lansink, Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2017, 68 (2), 561-571.

Investment age and dynamic productivity growth in the Spanish food processing industry, with Magda Kapelko and Alfons Oude Lansink, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2016, 98 (3), 946-961.

Bounded learning-by-doing and sources of firm-level productivity growth in Colombian food manufacturing,” with Apurba Shee, Journal of Productivity Analysis, 2016, 46, 185-197.

The analysis of irreversibility, uncertainty and dynamic technical inefficiency on the investment decision in Spanish olive sector, with Fatima Lambarraa, European Review of Agricultural Economics, 2016, 43(1), 59-77.

U.S. agricultural productivity: a review of USDA Economic Research Service methods, with C. Richard Shumway, Barbara M. Fraumeni, Lilyan E. Fulginiti, and Jon D. Samuels, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2016, 38(1), 1-29.

The adjustment-cost model of the firm: duality and productive efficiency, with Elvira Silva and Alfons Oude Lansink, International Journal of Production Economics, 2015, 168, 246-256.

The impact of inefficiency on diversification, with Alfons Oude Lansink and Magda Kapelko, Journal of Productivity Analysis, 2015, 44, 189-198.

Analyzing the impact of investment spikes on dynamic productivity growth, with Magda Kapelko and Alfons Oude Lansink, OMEGA: International Journal of Management Science, July 2015, 54, 116-124.

Endogeneity corrected stochastic frontier estimation, with Apurba Shee, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2015, 97(3): 939–952. 

Using ex ante output elicitation to model state-contingent technologies, with Robert G. Chambers and Teresa Serra, Journal of Productivity Analysis, 2015, 43(1), 75-83.

Primal and dual dynamic Luenberger productivity indicators, with Alfons Oude Lansink and Teresa Serra, European Journal of Operational Research, 2015, 241, 555-563.