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Sun Ling Wang

Sun Ling Wang

Agricultural Economist


Sun Ling Wang (also known as Sun, Ling) is an economist with the Structure, Technology and Productivity Branch in the ERS's Resource and Rural Economics Division. Her responsibilities include development of the U.S. agricultural productivity accounts and conducting policy-relevant economic research on the causes and effects of productivity growth. Her research interests also include development economics, and international economics.


Sun Ling received her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and an M.S. and B.S. in Agricultural Economics from National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan.

Professional Affiliations:

Sun Ling is a member of the American Economic Association, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the International Association of Agricultural Economics.

Selected Publications:

Ball, Eldon, Sun Ling Wang, Richard Nehring, and Roberto Mosheim. "Productivity and Economic Growth in U.S. Agriculture: A New Look." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. Forthcoming.

Wang, Sun Ling, Paul Heisey, David Schimmelpfennig, and Eldon Ball. "U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth: The Past, Challenges, and the Future." Amber Waves Feature, September 2015.

Wang, Sun Ling, Paul Heisey, David Schimmelpfennig, and Eldon Ball. "Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: Measurement, Trends, and Drivers.” ERR-189. July 2015.

Wang, Sun Ling. "Long-Term Agricultural Productivity Growth Lowers Agricultural Commodity Prices, Short-Term Productivity Changes Contribute to Price Variability." Amber Waves Finding, April 2015.

Wang, Sun Ling and Lihong McPhail. "Impacts of energy shocks on US agricultural productivity growth and commodity prices—A structural VAR analysis." Energy Economics, November 2014.

Wang, Sun Ling. "Extension Faces Challenges as It Enters Its Second Century." Amber Waves Finding, September 2014.

Wang, Sun Ling and Eldon Ball. "Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: 1948-2011." Amber Waves Feature, Feb. 2014.

Wang, Sun Ling, "Cooperative Extension System: Trends and Economic Impacts on U.S. Agriculture." Choices, 2014.

Wang, Sun Ling, Paul Heisey, Wallace Huffman, and Keith Fuglie, "Public R&D, Private R&D, and U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth: Dynamic and Long-run Relationships." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 95, Number 5, Oct. 2013.

Ball, Eldon, David Schimmelpfennig, and Sun Ling Wang. "Is U.S. Agricultural Productivity Slowing?" Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Volume 35, number 3, 2013.  

Wang, Sun Ling and Fred Gale. "China's Agricultural Productivity Growth: Strong but Uneven." Amber Waves, June 2013. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Wang, Sun Ling, Francis Tuan, Fred Gale, Agapi Somwaru, and James Hansen, "China's Regional Agricultural Productivity Growth in 1985-2007: A Multilateral Comparison." Agricultural Economics, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp. 241–251, March 2013.

Fuglie, Keith, and Sun Ling Wang. Productivity Growth in Global Agriculture Shifting to Developing Countries. Choices, 4th Quarter 2012, 27(4).

Wang, Sun Ling, Eldon Ball, Lilyan Fulginiti, and Alejandro Plastina, "Accounting for the Impacts of Public Research, R&D Spill-ins, Extension, and Roads in U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth," Agricultural Productivity: An International Perspective, CABI. September 2012.

Wang, Sun Ling, David Schimmelpfennig, and Keith Fuglie, 2012, "Is Agricultural Productivity Growth Slowing in Western Europe?" Agricultural Productivity: An International Perspective, CABI. September 2012.

Fuglie, Keith, Sun Ling Wang, and Eldon Ball, "Introduction to Volume", Agricultural Productivity: An International Perspective, Keith Fuglie, Sun Ling Wang, Eldon Ball (Eds.), CABI. September 2012.

Fuglie, Keith, Sun Ling Wang, and V. Eldon Ball (editors), 2012, Productivity Growth in Agriculture: An International Perspective, CABI.

Fuglie, Keith and Sun Ling Wang "New Evidence Points to Robust but Uneven Productivity Growth in Global Agriculture," Amber Waves, September 2012. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Ball, Eldon and Sun-Ling Wang, 2012. Productivity Growth in U.S. Agriculture. Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2012. Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-98) 55 August 2012 Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Heisey, P., Wang, S., Fuglie, K., "Public Agricultural Research Investment Drives Productivity Growth," Amber Waves, March 2012. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Heisey, Paul, Sun Ling Wang, and Keith Fuglie. "Public Agricultural Research Spending and Future U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth: Scenarios for 2010-2050," USDA-ERS Economic Brief No. 17, July 2011.

MacDonald, James, Sun Ling Wang, "Foregoing Subtherapeutic Antibiotics: the Impact on Broiler Grow-out Operations," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (2011) volume 33, number 1, pp. 79-98.

Wang, Sun Ling. "Is U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth Slowing?" Amber Waves, volume 8, issue 3, 2010.

Wang, Sun Ling, "Book Review--Persistence Pays: U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth and the Benefits from Public R&D Spending," European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 37 Issue 3, September 2010.

Sun, Ling, Lilyan E. Fulginiti and Yo-Chan Chen. "Taiwanese Industry Competitiveness when Outward FDI is Defensive," Journal of Asian Economics 21 (2010) 365-377.

MacDonald, James, Sun Ling Wang. "Broiler Producers Search for Alternatives to Antibiotics," Amber Waves, volume 7, issue 4, 2009.

Kassel, Kathleen, James M. MacDonald, and Sun Ling Wang. "Productivity Growth Drives Expanded Agricultural Production," Amber Waves, volume 6, issue 3, 2008.

Sun, Ling, Lilyan E. Fulginiti, and E. Wesley Peterson. "Accounting for Agricultural Decline with Economic Growth in Taiwan," Agricultural Economics 36:181-190, 2007.

Sun, Ling and Lilyan E. Fulginiti. "Accounting for Taiwan GDP Growth: Parametric and Nonparametric Estimates," JCSA (Journal of the Chinese Statistical Association)45:74-98, 2007.

Chen, Yu-Cheng, Ling Sun, and Chih-Wei Peng. "Commercial Banks Performance in Taiwan," Int. J. Business Performance Management, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2005.

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