Gülcan Önel, Assistant Professor

Dr. Onel's research and teaching programs focus on the areas of demand for food and resources; farm labor and rural well-being; and econometrics.

Dr. Onel's research in 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 in labor 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 several multidisciplinary research projects with experts ranging across disciplines to develop solutions to pressing issues related to food and agricultural resources. Dr. Onel was recognized nationally in 2018 with the 'Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Award' for her interdisciplinary approach to research on health and well-being of Florida’s farm communities.

Programs

Research:

Research areas: Demand Analysis; Agricultural Labor; Immigration and Rural Well-being; 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 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.

Teaching:

TEACHING:
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 6933 Special Topics: Applied Time Series Econometrics (Ph.D. elective)
AEB 7572 Econometric Methods II (Ph.D. core)
AEB 4931 Econometrics (Undergraduate)
AEB 4931 Advanced Agricultural Microeconomics (Undergraduate)

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Gülcan Önel, Assistant Professor