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Eldon Ball

Eldon Ball

Agricultural Economist


Eldon Ball has served as Program Leader for Agricultural Research and Productivity in the Resource and Rural Economics Division since 1987. His responsibilities include the design and implementation of the Agency’s program of research on agricultural productivity. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.


Eldon received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland; M.A. in Economics from North Carolina State University; and B.A. in Mathematics from Berea College, Berea, KY.

Selected Publications:


Ball, V. Eldon, Roberto Fanfani, and Luciano Gutierrez, eds. Economic Implications of Public Support for Agriculture: An International Perspective, New York: Springer U.S., 2010.

Fanfani, Roberto, V. Eldon Ball, Luciano Gutierrez, and Elisa Ricci-Maccarini, eds. Competitiveness in Agriculture and the Food Sector: U.S. and EU Perspectives, Bologna: Bologna University Press, 2008.

Ball, V. Eldon and George Norton, eds. Agricultural Productivity: Measurement and Sources of Growth, Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002.

Refereed Journals:

Liu, Yucan, C. Richard Shumway, Robert Rosenman, and V. Eldon Ball. "Productivity Growth and Convergence in U.S. Agriculture: New Cointegration Panel Data Results," Applied Economics 43(2011):91-102.

Ball, V. Eldon, Jean-Pierre Butault, Carlos San Juan, and Ricardo Mora. "Productivity and International Competitiveness of European Union and United States Agriculture," Agricultural Economics 41(2010):611-627.

Dumagan, Jesus and V. Eldon Ball. "Decomposing Growth in Revenue and Cost into Price, Quantity, and Multifactor Productivity Contributions," Applied Economics 41(2009):2943-2953.

Ball, V. Eldon, William Lindamood, Richard Nehring and Carlos San Juan. "Capital as a Factor of Production in OECD Agriculture: Measurement and Data," Applied Economics 40(2008):1253-1277.

Ball, V. Eldon, Rolf Fre, Shawna Grosskopf, and Osman Zaim. "Accounting for Externalities in the Measurement of Productivity Growth: The Malmquist Cost Productivity Measure," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics 16(2005):374-394.

Ball, V. Eldon, Jean-Pierre Butault, and Carlos San Juan Mesonada. "Measuring Real Capital Input in OECD Agriculture," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 52(2004):351-370.

Ball, V. Eldon, Charles Hallahan, and Richard Nehring. "Convergence of Productivity: An Analysis of the Catch-up Hypothesis within a Panel of States," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 86(2004):1315-1321.

Ball, V. Eldon, C.A.K. Lovell, H. Luu, and R. Nehring. "Incorporating Environmental Impacts in the Measurement of Agricultural Productivity Growth," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 29(2004):436-460.

Morrison-Paul, Catherine J., V. Eldon Ball, Ronald G. Felthoven, and Richard Nehring. "Effective Costs and Chemical Use in U.S. Agricultural Production: Benefits and Costs of Using the Environment as a Free Input," American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 84(2002): 902-915.

Ball, V. Eldon, Jean-Christophe Bureau, Jean-Pierre Butault, and Richard Nehring. "Levels of Farm Sector Productivity: An International Comparison," Journal of Productivity Analysis 15(2001):5-29.

Morrison-Paul, Catherine, V. Eldon Ball, Ronald Felthoven, and Richard Nehring. "Public Infrastructure Impacts on U.S. Agricultural Production: A State-Level Panel Analysis," Public Finance and Management 2(2001).

O'Donnell, Christopher, Richard Shumway, and V. Eldon Ball. "Inefficiency in U.S. Agriculture: A Bayesian Approach," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 81(1999):865-880.

Ball, V. Eldon, Frank Gollop, Alison Kelly-Hawke, and Gregory Swinand. "Patterns of Productivity Growth in the U.S. Farm Sector: Linking State and Aggregate Models," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 81(1999):164-179.

Ball, V. Eldon, Jean-Christophe Bureau, Richard Nehring, and Agapi Somwaru. "Agricultural Productivity Revisited." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 79(1997):1045-1063.

Ball, V. Eldon, Jean-Christophe Bureau, Kelly Eakin, and Agapi Somwaru. "CAP Reform: Modelling Supply Response Subject the Set-Aside." Agricultural Economics, 17(1997):277-288.

Ball, V. Eldon, Ahmed Barkaoui, Jean-Christophe Bureau, and Jean-Pierre Butault. "Aggregation Methods for Intercountry Comparisons of Prices and Real Values in Agriculture: A Review and Synthesis," European Review of Agricultural Economics, 24(1997):183-207.

Ball, V. Eldon, C.A. Knox Lovell, Richard Nehring, and Agapi Somwaru. "Incorporating Undesirable Outputs into Models of Production." Cahiers d'economie et Sociologie 31(1994):60-74.

Ball, V. Eldon, Jean-Christophe Bureau, Jean-Pierre Butault, and Heinz-Peter Witzke. "The Stock of Capital in European Community Agriculture." European Review of Agricultural Economics, 20(1993):437-450.

Yee, Jet, James Hauver, and V. Eldon Ball. "Fixed Factor Models of Productivity Growth," Applied Economics 25(1993):1187-1196.

Ball, V. Eldon. "Sources of Agricultural Economic Growth: Discussion." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 74(1992):764-65.

Capalbo, Susan, V. Eldon Ball, and Michael Denny. "International Comparisons of Agricultural Productivity: Development and Usefulness." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 72(1990):1292-1297.

Vasavada, Utpal and V. Eldon Ball. "A Dynamic Investment Model Within a Multi-Commodity Framework," Agricultural Economics, 2(1988):123-37.

Ball, V. Eldon. "Modelling Supply Response in a Multiproduct Framework," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 70(1988):813-25.

Ball, V. Eldon. "Output, Input, and Productivity Measurement in U.S. Agriculture, 1948-79," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 67(1985):425-36.

Ball, V. Eldon and Robert G. Chambers. "An Economic Analysis of Technology in the Meat Products Industry," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 64(1982):699-709.

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