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Food and Resource Economics Department

Food and Resource Economics Department

Dr. Spiro Stefanou

Professor and ERS Administrator

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.

Spiro Stefanou


1081 McCarty B

  • Education
    • Ph.D Agricultural Economics University of California, Davis 1983
    • M.S. Agricultural and Resource Economics University of Maryland 1979
    • B.A. Anthropology George Washington University 1977
  • Publications