Dr. Gulcan Önel
Associate Professor of Economics
Dr. Onel's research and teaching programs focus on the areas of agricultural demand analysis; farm labor and rural well-being; and econometrics.
Dr. Onel's research in agricultural demand analysis contributes to the understanding of how market frictions and economic policies affect demand for agricultural commodities and inputs. Her second area of research explores immigration trends affecting farm labor availability and rural well-being to inform policy and stakeholder decision-making.
Dr. Onel has led and taken part in interdisciplinary research projects with experts ranging across disciplines to develop solutions for Florida's agricultural sector. She was recognized nationally in 2018 with the 'Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Award' for her interdisciplinary approach to research on the health and well-being of Florida's farm communities.
Demand Analysis; Agricultural Labor; Applied Econometrics
Research: Analysis of demand for food and agricultural resources
Dr. Onel uses advanced econometrics models to capture and explain consumer and producer behavior in agricultural markets to better predict agricultural prices as well as demand for food and resources. Specifically, Dr. Onel investigates how market frictions, policy interventions, structural changes, and certain behavioral aspects of economic agents may affect the predictions of the underlying economic model.
Research: Farm labor, immigration, and rural well-being
Immigration policy environment and concerns pertaining to legal status will have profound impacts on the productivity, availability, and well-being of farmworkers in Florida and in the United States. Dr. Onel's research program addresses implications of the changing immigration environment on the agricultural sector as well as the rural well-being of farm communities.
Dr. Onel's teaching responsibilities include developing and teaching Ph.D. level and undergraduate level courses in econometrics and microeconomics. Besides classroom teaching, Dr. Onel's teaching effort entails mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.
Courses Taught at UF:
AEB 7572 Econometric Methods II (Ph.D.)
AEB 4931 Econometrics (Undergraduate)
AEB 4931 Advanced Agricultural Microeconomics (Undergraduate)