Abebayehu Tegene

Associate Director
202-694-5527
ategene@ers.usda.gov
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Briefly

Abebayehu Tegene is the Associate Director of ERS's Food Economics Division (FED). He was chief of the Food Markets Branch in the Food Economics Division from 2006 to 2011. He joined ERS in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where he was an Assistant Professor of Economics. His current research area includes consumer economics, food and nutrition economics, information issues, and consumers' acceptance of biotech foods.

Education

Abebayehu received his Ph.D. in economics and M.S. in statistics, both from Iowa State University, Ames, IA. He received a B.S. in statistics from Addis Ababa University.

Selected Publications

Huang, Y., W. Huffman, and A. Tegene. 2012. "Impacts of Economic and Psychological Factors on Women’s Obesity and Food Assistance program Participation: Evidence from the NLSY Panel," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94(2):331-37.

Huffman, S., H. Jensen, and A. Tegene. 2010. "Consumer Demand for Cholesterol-Lowering Enhanced Margarine Products," Food Economics 7(1):1-10.

Huffman, W., S. Huffman, A. Tegene, and K. Rickertsen. 2010. "Over-Nutrition and Changing Health Status in High Income Countries," Forum for Health Economics and Policy 13(1), article 2.

Tegene, A. 2009. "High and Volatile Commodity Prices: What Do They Mean for Food Prices and Consumers: Discussion," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91(5):1468-1469.

Richards, T., P. Patterson, and A. Tegene. 2007. "Obesity and Nutrient Consumption: A Rational Addiction?" Contemporary Economic Policy 25(3): 309-324. *"Best Article" award from the Western Economic Association.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. 2007. "Effects and Value of Verifiable Information in a Controversial Market: Evidence from Lab Auctions of Genetically Modified Food,” Economic Inquiry 45(3):409-32.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. 2007. "The Effects of Prior Beliefs and Learning on Consumers’ Acceptance of Genetically Modified Food," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 63(1):193-206.

Kuchler, F., A. Tegene, and M. Harris. 2005. "Taxing Salty Snack Foods: Manipulating Diet Quality or Financing Information Programs?" Review of Agricultural Economics 27(1):4-20. *“Outstanding Journal Article” award from the American Agricultural Economic Association.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. 2004. "Who Do Consumers Trust for Information: The Case of Genetically Modified Foods?" American Journal of Agricultural Economics 86(5):1222-1229.

Akobundu, E., J. Alwang, A. Essel, G. Norton, and A. Tegene. 2004. "Does Extension Work? Impacts of a Program to Assist Limited-Resource Farmers in Virginia," Review of Agricultural Economics 26(3):361-371, Fall.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. 2004. "Consumers' Resistance to Genetically Modified Foods in the U.S.: The Role of Information in an Uncertain Environment," Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization 2(2), Article 8.

Rousu, M., W. Huffman, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. 2004. "Are United States Consumers Tolerant of GM Foods?" Review of Agricultural Economics 26(1):19-31.

Rousu, M., W. Huffman, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. 2004. "Estimating the Public Value of Conflicting Information: The Case of Genetically Modified Foods," Land Economics 80(1):125-135.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. 2003. "Valuing Information: The Public Good Value of Information from Agribusiness on Genetically Modified Foods," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 85(5):1309-1315.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. 2004. "The Welfare Implications of Mandatory GM Labeling in the United States," Consumer Acceptance of Biotechnology Foods, R.E. Evenson, and V. Santaniello, eds. Boston, MA: CBI Publishing.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. 2003. "Consumer Willingness to Pay for Genetically Modified Food Labels in a Market with Diverse Information: Evidence from Experimental Auctions," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 28(3):481-502.

Kuchler, F., A. Tegene, and M. Harris. 2004. Taxing Snack Foods: What to Expect for Diet and Tax Revenues, AIB-747, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August.

Tegene, A., W. Huffman, M. Rousu, and J. Shogren. 2003. The Effects of Information on Consumer Demand for Biotech Foods: Evidence from Experimental Auctions, TB-1903, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.

Dimitri, C., A. Tegene, and P. Kaufman. 2003. U.S. Fresh Produce Markets: Marketing Channels, Trade Practices, and Retail Pricing Behavior, AER-825, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Soule, M., and A. Tegene. 2003. "Land Tenure and the Adoption of Conservation Practices in the United States," Land Quality, Agricultural Productivity and Food Security: Biophysical Processes and Economic Choices at Local, Regional and Global Levels, K. Wiebe ed., pp. 319-336. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Huffman, W., and A. Tegene. 2002. "Public Acceptance of and Benefits from Agricultural Biotechnology: A Key Role of Verifiable Information," Market Development for Genetically Modified Foods, V. Santaniello, R.E. Evanson, and D. Zilberman, eds. Boston, MA: CBI Publishing.

Soule, M., A. Tegene, and K. Wiebe. 2000. "Land Tenure and the Adoption of Conservation Practices," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 86(4):993-1005.

Tegene, A., K. Wiebe, and B. Kuhn. 1999. "Irreversible Investment Under Uncertainty: Conservation Easements and the Option to Develop Agricultural Land," Journal of Agricultural Economics 50(2):203-219.

Claassen, R., and A. Tegene. 1999. "Agricultural Land Use Choice: A Discrete Choice Approach," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 28(1):26-36.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. 1997. "Managing Public and Private Land Through Partial Interests," Contemporary Economic Policy 15(2):35-43.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. 1998. "Land Tenure Land Policy, and the Property Rights Debate in Who Owns America?" Social Conflict Over Property Rights, H.M. Jacobs, ed. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. 1997. "Finding Common Ground on Public and Private Land," Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 52(3):162-165.

Aillery, M., J. Hrubovcak, C. Kramer-LeBlanc, R. Shoemaker, and A. Tegene. 1996. "Agriculture in an Ecosystem Framework," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 25(2):101-117.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. 1995. "Property Rights, Partial Interests, and the Evolving Federal Role in Wetland Conversion and Conservation," Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 50(6):627-629.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. 1994. "Evaluating Forecasting Models of Farmland Prices," International Journal of Forecasting 10(1):65-80.

Kuchler, F., and A. Tegene. 1993. "Asset Fixity and the Distribution of Rents from Agriculture Policies," Land Economics 69(4):428-37.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. 1993. "Evidence on the Existence of Speculative Bubbles in Farmland Prices," Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics 6(3):223-236.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. 1993. "A Regression Test of the Present Value Model of Farmland Prices," Journal of Agricultural Economics, 44(1):135-143.

Tegene, A. 1991. "Trade Flows, Relative Prices, and Effective Exchange Rates: A VAR on Ethiopian Data," Applied Economics 23(8):1369-1375.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. 1991. "A Description of Farmland Investor Expectations," Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics 4(3):283-296.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. 1991. "An Error Correcting Model of Farmland Prices," Applied Economics 23(11):1741-1747.

Tegene, A. 1991. "Kalman Filter and the Demand for Cigarettes," Applied Economics 23(7):1175-1182.

Tegene, A. 1990. "Commodity Concentration and Export Earnings Instability: The Evidence from African Countries," The American Economist 34(2):55-59.

Tegene, A. 1990. "The Impact of Macro Variables on the Farm Sector: Some Further Evidence," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics 22(1):77-85.

Tegene, A. 1990. "The Supply and Demand for Exports: A Simultaneous Equation Model," Journal of Quantitative Economics 6(2):395-410.

Tegene, A. 1990. "The Kalman Filter Approach for Testing Structural Change in the Demand for Alcoholic Beverages in the U.S.," Applied Economics 22(10):1407-1416.

Tegene, A. 1989. "The Monetary Explanation of Inflation: The Experience of Six African Countries," Journal of Economic Studies 16(1):5-18.

Tegene, A. 1989. "On the Effects of Relative Prices and Effective Exchange Rates on the Trade Flows LDC's," Applied Economics 21(11):1447-1463.

Tegene, A., W.E. Huffman, and J.A. Miranowski. 1988. "Dynamic Corn Supply Functions: A Model with Explicit Optimization," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 70(1):103-111.