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David Schimmelpfennig

Agricultural Economist


David's areas of interest are value of information and agricultural research and productivity. His work on information economics relates to precision agriculture, crop germplasm, machinery utilization, productivity growth, and crop pest early-warning systems.


David worked on a USDA extension service grant entitled "Innovation and Dynamic Efficiency in Agricultural Biotechnology" that resulted in a new patent database. In 2002, David was a senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He was also a PI on Rockefeller Foundation projects on the impacts of genetically modified crops in South Africa from 2000 to 2008.


Ph.D. Economics, Michigan State University (MSU), 1992

M.A. Economics, MSU, 1990

B.S. Industrial Management, Purdue University, 1981, Honors in Economics

Professional Affiliations:

Chair ERS Reference Center Advisory Committee (2010-present)

ERS Statistical Econometric Software License Committee (2000-present)

AAEA Communications & Publications Committee (2007-10)

Editorial Advisory Board, 2006, Agricultural Economics

National Science Foundation's Global Change and Society (tiger) team on the human dimensions of climate change research (1997-98)

Selected Publications:

Fuglie, Keith O., Paul Heisey, John L. King, D. Schimmelpfennig. 2012. "Private Industry Investing Heavily, and Globally, in Research To Improve Agricultural
Productivity,"Amber Waves, March.

Robert Ebel and Schimmelpfennig, D. 2011. "The Information Age and Adoption of Precision Agriculture,"Amber Waves (finding), December.

Schimmelpfennig, D. and Robert Ebel. 2011. "On the Doorstep of the Information Age: Recent Adoption of Precision Agriculture," Economic Information Bulletin, EIB-80, August, 25 pp. 

Schimmelpfennig, D. and Paul Heisey, 2009, "The Evolving Public Agricultural Research Portfolio" Amber Waves (finding), Vol.7, Issue 1, p.7.

Schimmelpfennig, D. and Paul Heisey, 2009, U.S. Public Agricultural Research: Changes in Funding Sources and Shifts in Emphasis, 1980-2005, Economic
Information Bulletin, EIB-45, March, 34 pp.

Day-Rubinstein, Kelly, Paul Heisey and D. Schimmelpfennig, 2007, "Sources of Public Agricultural R&D Changing," Amber Waves (finding), Vol. 5, Issue 3, June, p.6. 

Roberts, Michael, D. Schimmelpfennig, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Livingston with contributions by Mark Ash and Utpal Vasavada, 2006, The Value of Plant Disease Early-Warning Systems: A Case Study of USDA's Soybean Rust Coordinated Framework, Economic Research Report, ERR-18, April, 38 pp.

Roberts, Michael and D. Schimmelpfennig, 2006, "How Public Information Creates Value: A Case Study of USDA's Soybean Rust Coordinated Framework," Amber Waves, Vol. 4, Issue 2, April, pp. 10-15.

J. Piesse, D. Schimmelpfennig, Colin Thirtle. 2010. "An Error Correction Model of Induced Innovation in UK Agriculture," Applied Economics 14 December.

Keith Fuglie and D. Schimmelpfennig (guest editors). 2010. "Introduction to the Special Issue on Agricultural Productivity Growth: A closer look at large, developing countries,"Journal of Productivity Analysis, 33(3):169-172 (June)

Roberts, M.J., D. Schimmelpfennig, M.J. Livingston, and E. Ashley. 2009. "Estimating the Value of an Early-Warning System," Review of Agricultural Economics, 31, no. 2 (Summer): 303-329.

Thirtle, Colin, Jenifer Piesse and D. Schimmelpfennig, 2008, "Modelling the Length and Shape of the R&D Lag: An Application to UK Agricultural Productivity,"Agricultural Economics 39(1): 73-85.

Gouse, Marnus, Carl Pray, D. Schimmelpfennig and Johann Kirsten, 2006, "Three Seasons of Subsistence Bt Maize in South Africa: Have Small-holders Benefited?" AgbioForum 9(1).

Schimmelpfennig, D., Christopher J. O'Donnell and George W.
Norton, 2006, "Efficiency Effects of Agricultural Economics Research," Agricultural Economics 34(3): 273-80.

Fuglie, Keith and D. Schimmelpfennig, editors, 2000, Public-Private Collaboration in Agricultural Research: New Institutional Arrangements and Economic Implications, Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa.

Last updated: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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