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William Liefert

Agricultural Economist
202-694-5156
Email: wliefert@ers.usda.gov

Briefly:

Bill Liefert is a senior agricultural economist with the International Demand and Trade Branch, Market and Trade Economics Division. He specializes in trade issues and the macroeconomic linkages to agriculture, with a special focus on the transition economies of the former Soviet bloc. Current research interests include agricultural export restrictions, price shocks, and the emergence of the former Soviet Union region as a major grain exporter. Before joining ERS, Bill was an assistant professor of economics at Kent State University. He also has worked as a consultant with the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

 



Education:

Bill received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He also holds a B.A. in economics and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Professional Affiliations:

Bill is a member of the American Economic Association, American Agricultural Economics Association, and the Assocation for Comparative Economic Studies.



Selected Publications:

Journals and Book Chapters

Liefert, William, and Olga Liefert. "Russian Agriculture During Transition: Performance, Global Impact, and Outlook." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 34, 1:37-75 (Spring 2012).

Liefert, William, Paul Westcott, and John Wainio. "Alternative Policies to Agricultural Export Bans That are Less Market-Distorting." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94, 2:435-441 (January 2012).

Baquedano, Felix, William Liefert, and Shahla Shapouri. "World Market Integration for Export and Food Crops in Developing Countries: A Case Study for Mali and Nicaragua." Agricultural Economics 42, 5:619-630 (September 2011).

Liefert, William. "Decomposing Changes in Agricultural Producer Prices." Journal of Agricultural Economics 62, 1:119-136 (February 2011).

Liefert, William, Eugenia Serova, and Olga Liefert. "The Growing Importance of the Former USSR Countries in World Agricultural Markets." Agricultural Economics 41, s1:65-71 (November 2010).

Liefert, William, Olga Liefert, and Mathew Shane. "Russia's Agricultural Imports: Will the High Growth of the 2000s Continue?" EuroChoices 9, 3:43-49, 2010.

Liefert, William, Olga Liefert, and Eugenia Serova. "Russia's Transition to Major Player in World Agricultural Markets." Choices 24, 2:47-51 (2nd Quarter 2009).

Liefert, William, and Mathew Shane. "The World Economic Crisis and U.S. Agriculture: From Boom to Gloom?" Choices 24, 1:22-26, 1st Quarter 2009.

Liefert, William. "Decomposing Changes in Agricultural Price Gaps: An Application to Russia." Agricultural Economics 40, 1:15-28, January 2009.

Liefert, William and Olga Liefert. "The Russian Federation." In Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Europes Transition Economies, pp. 135-174, edited by Kym Anderson and Johan Swinnen. Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2008.

Liefert, William. "Measuring the Success of Agricultural Transition: An Application to Russia." In Agricultural Economics and Transition: What was Expected, What We Observed, the Lessons Learned, pp. 44-54, edited by Csaba Csaki and Csaba Forgacs. Halle, Germany: IAMO, 2008.

Liefert, William. "The Allocative Efficiency of Input Use in Russian Corporate Farms." In Russia's Agriculture in Transition: Factor Markets and Constraints on Growth, pp. 305-326, edited by Zvi Lerman. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008.

Liefert, William. "Decomposing Changes in Agricultural Producer Prices." International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, Working Paper 07-01, 2007.

Liefert, William. "Decomposing Changes in Agricultural Price Gaps." International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, Working Paper 05-2, 2005.

Liefert, William, Zvi Lerman, Bruce Gardner, and Eugenia Serova. "Agricultural Labor in Russia: Efficiency and Profitability." Review of Agricultural Economics 27, 3:412-417, Fall 2005.

Liefert, William. "The Allocative Efficiency of Material Input Use in Russian Agriculture." Comparative Economic Studies 47, 2:214-223, March 2005.

Osborne, Stefan, and William Liefert. "Price and Exchange Rate Transmission in Russian Meat Markets." Comparative Economic Studies 46, 1:221-244, June 2004.

Liefert, William, Stefan Osborne, Olga Liefert, and Michael Trueblood. "Can Russia be Competitive in Agriculture?" EuroChoices 2, 3:18-23, 2003.

Liefert, William, Bruce Gardner, and Eugenia Serova. "Allocative Efficiency in Russian Agriculture: The Case of Fertilizer and Grain." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 85, 5:1228-1233, November 2003.

Liefert, William. "Comparative (Dis?)Advantage in Russian Agriculture." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 84, 3:762-767, August 2002.

Liefert, William. "Agricultural Reform: Major Commodity Restructuring but Little Institutional Change." Russia's Uncertain Economic Future, edited by John Hardt, pp. 253-281. Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, December 2001.

Liefert, William. Book review of "Russia's Agro-food Sector: Towards Truly Functioning Markets," edited by Peter Wehrheim, Klaus Frohberg, Eugenia Serova, and Joachim von Braun (Boston: Kluwer, 2000). European Review of Agricultural Economics 27, 4:534-536, December 2000.

Shane, Mathew, and William Liefert. "The International Financial Crisis: Macroeconomic Linkages to Agriculture." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 82, 3:682-687, August 2000.

Liefert, William. "Comparative Advantage and Government Budget Effects: An Application to the Grain Trade of the Former USSR." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 79, 3:715-725, August 1997.

Liefert, William. "Russian Federation." The State of Food and Agriculture 1997, pp. 207-217. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization, 1997.

Liefert, William, David Sedik, Robert Koopman, Eugenia Serova, and Olga Meliukhina. "Producer Subsidy Equivalents for Russian Agriculture: Estimation and Interpretation." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 78, 3:792-798, August 1996.

Sedik, David, William Liefert, and Christian Foster. "Economic Reforms and Agriculture in the Russian Federation, 1992-95." Communist Economies and Economic Transformation 8, 2:133-148, 1996.

Liefert, William. "Russian Food Security is Not Threatened." The Food Systems Policy Roundtable Journal, 1:38-40, May-June 1996.

Liefert, William. "Grain Sector Reform and Food Security in the Countries of the Former USSR." Cereal Sector Reform in the Former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Lawrence Smith and Neil Spooner, pp. 54-68. Wallingford, England: CAB International, 1996.

Sedik, David, and William Liefert. "Effektivnost' agrarnogo sektora rossii (The Efficiency of Russia's Agricultural Sector)." Sovershenstvovanie upravleniia otrasliami APK (Improving Management of the Branches of the Agro-industrial Complex), pp. 72-74. Moscow: Ioshkar-Ola, 1996.

Liefert, William. "The Farm Input 'Crisis' in the Former Soviet Union: What to Do?" Choices, Fourth Quarter, 1995, pp. 41-42.

Liefert, William, David Sedik, and Christian Foster. "Progress in Russian Agricultural Reform." Transition 1, 16:50-52, September, 1995.

Liefert, William. "Economic Reform and Comparative Advantage in Agriculture in the Newly Independent States." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 76, 3:636-640, August 1994.

Liefert, William. Chapters on Newly Independent States of Former Soviet Union. Agricultural Policies, Markets, and Trade in the Central and Eastern European Countries, the Newly Independent States, Mongolia and China, pp. 143-179. Centre for Cooperation with the Economies in Transition, OECD, 1994.

Liefert, William, Robert Koopman, and Edward Cook. "Agricultural Reform in the Former USSR." Comparative Economic Studies 35, 4:49-68, Winter 1993.

Liefert, William. "Distribution Problems in the Food Economy." The Former Soviet Union in Transition, edited by John Hardt, Vol. 2, pp. 491-505. Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, May 1993.

Liefert, William. "The Food Problem in the Republics of the Former USSR." The Farmer Threat: The Political Economy of Agrarian Reform in Post-Soviet Russia, edited by Don van Atta, pp. 25-42. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993.

Liefert, William. "Alcune considerazioni sulla politica cerealicola sovietica" (English title when submitted: "Soviet Comparative Disadvantage in Grain, Grain Imports, and Budget Effects"). Rivista di Politica Agraria 10, 3:45-52, September 1992.

Liefert, William. Book review of "Communist Agriculture: Farming in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe," edited by Karl-Eugen Waedekin (London: Routledge, 1990). Journal of Comparative Economics 16, 2:394-397, June 1992.

Liefert, William. "Food Shortages in the Former USSR Mainly the Result of Monetary Imbalances." Choices, 2nd Quarter, 1992, pp. 14-16.

Liefert, William. "Growing Soviet Food Shortages: A Result of Economy-Wide Monetary Imbalance." Occasional Paper No. 2, Geonomics Institute, October 1991.

Liefert, William. "Economic Rent and Estimation of Soviet GNP Growth." Review of Income and Wealth 37, 2:159-176, June 1991.

Liefert, William. "The Soviet Gain from Trade with the West in Fuel, Grain, and Machinery." Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv 126, 1:78-96, 1990.

Liefert, William. "The Full Cost of Soviet Oil and Natural Gas Production." Comparative Economic Studies 30, 2:1-20, Summer 1988.

Selected ERS Reports and Articles

Liefert, William, Olga Liefert, Gary Vocke, and Edward Allen. " Former Soviet Union Region to Play Larger Role in Meeting World Wheat Needs." Amber Waves 8, 2:12-19 (June, 2010), ERS, USDA.

Liefert, William, and Suresh Persaud. The Transmission of Exchange Rate Changes to Agricultural Prices. Economic Research Report No. 76, ERS, USDA, 2009.

Liefert, William, Olga Liefert, and Mathew Shane. Russia's Growing Agricultural Imports: Causes and Outlook. International Agriculture and Trade Situation and Outlook Report WRS-09-04, ERS, USDA, May 2009.

Shane, Mathew, William Liefert, Mitch Morehart, May Peters, John Dillard, David Torgerson, and William Edmondson. The 2008/2009 World Economic Crisis: What it Means for U.S. Agriculture. International Agriculture and Trade Situation and Outlook Report WRS-09-02, ERS, USDA, March 2009.

Shane, Mathew, and William Liefert. " Weaker Dollar Strengthens U.S. Agriculture." Amber Waves 5, 1:16-21 ERS, USDA, February 2007.

Liefert, William, Olga Liefert, Ralph Seeley, and Edward Allen. Black Sea Grain Exports: Will They be Moderate or Large? International Agriculture and Trade Situation and Outlook Report WRS04-05-02, ERS, USDA, 2004.

Liefert, William. "Food Security in Russia: Economic Growth and Rising Incomes are Reducing Insecurity". Food Security Assessment, ERS, USDA, May 2004, pp. 35-43.

Liefert, William, Stefan Osborne, Olga Liefert, and Michael Trueblood." Could the NIS Region Become a Major Grain Exporter"? Agricultural Outlook, ERS, USDA, May 2002, pp. 22-26.

Liefert, William, and Johan Swinnen. C hanges in Agricultural Markets in Transition Economies. Agricultural Economic Report No. 806, ERS, USDA, February 2002.

Liefert, William, and Mathew Shane. "The Macroeconomic Linkages to Agriculture." International Financial Crises and Agriculture, pp. 8-14. International Agriculture and Trade Situation and Outlook Report WRS-99-3, ERS, USDA, March 2000.

Liefert, William. "Russia." International Financial Crises and Agriculture, pp. 54-57. International Agriculture and Trade Situation and Outlook Report WRS-99-3, ERS, USDA, March 2000.

Liefert, William, and Olga Liefert. " Russia's Economic Crisis: Effects on Agriculture." Agricultural Outlook, pp. 15-18. ERS, USDA, June-July 1999.

Liefert, William. "Technical Barriers to Trade: Highlights of ERS Workshop," October 8-9, 1997. ERS Staff Paper No. 9803, ERS, USDA, July 1998.

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