Gülcan Önel, Assistant Professor

Gülcan Önel is an Assistant Professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics with a minor in Statistics from North Carolina State University in 2011. She received national awards for both her masters thesis (Turkish Economic Association, 2004) and her Ph.D. dissertation (Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2012). After her doctoral studies, Gülcan worked at SAS Institute as an applied econometrician. Today, she continues to use advanced econometric methods – in particular, time-series, panel time-series, and nonlinear econometric methods – in her research. Gülcan's primary research lies in price and demand analysis, where she looks at how market frictions and structural changes impact commodity and input markets. The second area of Gülcan's research program is agricultural labor markets, where she mainly focuses on determinants of farm exits and off-farm work. In addition, she studies the role of immigration and immigration enforcement efforts on agricultural labor supply. She received the 2015 Early Career Scientist Seed Funding Award from the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for her research on immigration and agricultural labor supply. Gülcan currently teaches an undergraduate-level microeconomics course and a first-year Ph.D. econometrics course.



Research areas: Demand and Price Analysis, Agricultural Labor Markets, International Trade and Finance, Applied Econometrics (in particular, Time-series Econometrics, Nonlinear Econometric Models, and Nonstationary Panel Data).

My research mainly contributes to two areas in applied economics: agricultural price analysis, and agricultural labor markets. My work on price analysis addresses how commodity and factor markets are impacted by structural changes and technical progress. This theme is addressed in an econometric framework as I confront the theory with the data. The second theme of my research program focuses on agricultural labor markets for the production of specialty crops, which are highly dependent on migrant labor. The analysis of inter-sectoral migration of farm labor deals with uncertainty, wage gaps and institutional rigidities. As a related avenue of this theme, I am investigating the impact of immigration enforcement on the flow of agricultural work force in US and in Florida.

Topical areas of my ongoing research include:

  • Exchange rate pass-through and price transmission.
  • Agricultural productivity and R&D expenditures
  • Off-farm work, out-farm migration, and agricultural labor supply
  • The impact of federal immigration programs on agricultural labor supply  
  • The use of nonstationary panel data with cross-section dependence in agricultural economics research
  • Farm land valuation

Courses Taught:

AEB 7572, Econometric Methods II (UF)

AEB 4933, Advanced Microeconomics (UF)

ARE 201, Introduction to Agricultural Economics (NCSU)

ECG 201, Principles of Microeconomics (NCSU)


Gülcan Önel, Assistant Professor