Eldon Ball

Former ERS Staff


While at ERS, Eldon Ball served as Program Leader for Agricultural Research and Productivity in the Resource and Rural Economics Division. His responsibilities included the design and implementation of the Agency's program of research on agricultural productivity.


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


V.E. Ball, R. Fanfani, and L. Gutierrez, eds. 2010. Economic Implications of Public Support for Agriculture: An International Perspective. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

R. Fanfani, V.E. Ball, L. Gutierrez, and E. Ricci-Maccarini, eds. 2008. Competitiveness in Agriculture and the Food Sector: U.S. and EU Perspectives. Bologna, Italy: Bononia University Press.

V.E. Ball, and G. Norton, eds. 2002. Agricultural Productivity: Measurement and Sources of Growth. Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Refereed Journals

Liu, Y., C.R. Shumway, R. Rosenman, and V.E. Ball. 2011. "Productivity Growth and Convergence in U.S. Agriculture: New Cointegration Panel Data Results," Applied Economics 43(1):91-102.

Ball, V.E., J. Butault, C. Mesonada, and R. Mora. 2010. "Productivity and International Competitiveness of European Union and United States Agriculture," Agricultural Economics 41:611-627.

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

Ball, V.E., W. Lindamood, R. Nehring, and C. Mesonada. 2008. "Capital as a Factor of Production in OECD Agriculture: Measurement and Data," Applied Economics 40(10):1253-1277.

Ball, V.E., R. Fre, S. Grosskopf, and O. Zaim. 2005. "Accounting for Externalities in the Measurement of Productivity Growth: The Malmquist Cost Productivity Measure," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics 16(3):374-394.

Ball, V.E., J. Butault, and C. Mesonada. 2004. "Measuring Real Capital Input in OECD Agriculture," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 52(3):351-370.

Ball, V.E., C. Hallahan, and R. Nehring. 2004. "Convergence of Productivity: An Analysis of the Catch-up Hypothesis within a Panel of States," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 86(5):1315-1321.

Ball, V.E., C.A.K. Lovell, H. Luu, and R. Nehring. 2004. "Incorporating Environmental Impacts in the Measurement of Agricultural Productivity Growth," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 29(3):436-460.

Morrison-Paul, C., V.E. Ball, R. Felthoven, and R. Nehring. 2002. "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(4):902-915.

Ball, V.E., J. Bureau, J. Butault, and R. Nehring. 2001. "Levels of Farm Sector Productivity: An International Comparison," Journal of Productivity Analysis 15(1):5-29.

Morrison-Paul, C., V.E. Ball, R. Felthoven, and R. Nehring. 2001. "Public Infrastructure Impacts on U.S. Agricultural Production: A State-Level Panel Analysis," Public Finance and Management 1(2):183-213.

O'Donnell, C., R. Shumway, and V.E. Ball. 1999. "Inefficiency in U.S. Agriculture: A Bayesian Approach," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 81:865-880.

Ball, V.E., F. Gollop, A. Kelly-Hawke, and G. Swinand. 1999. "Patterns of Productivity Growth in the U.S. Farm Sector: Linking State and Aggregate Models," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 81(1):164-179.

Ball, V.E., J. Bureau, R. Nehring, and A. Somwaru. 1997. "Agricultural Productivity Revisited," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 79(4):1045-1063.

Ball, V.E., J. Bureau, K. Eakin, and A. Somwaru. 1997. "CAP Reform: Modelling Supply Response Subject the Set-Aside," Agricultural Economics 17(2-3):277-288.

Ball, V.E., A. Barkaoui, J. Bureau, and J. Butault. 1997. "Aggregation Methods for Intercountry Comparisons of Prices and Real Values in Agriculture: A Review and Synthesis," European Review of Agricultural Economics 24(2):183-206.

Ball, V.E., C.A.K. Lovell, R. Nehring, and A. Somwaru. 1994. "Incorporating Undesirable Outputs into Models of Production," Cahiers d'economie et Sociologie 31:60-74.

Ball, V.E., J. Bureau, J. Butault, and H. Witzke. 1993. "The Stock of Capital in European Community Agriculture," European Review of Agricultural Economics 20(4):437-450.

Yee, J., J. Hauver, and V.E. Ball. 1993. "Fixed Factor Models of Productivity Growth," Applied Economics 25(9):1187-1196.

Ball, V.E. 1992. "Sources of Agricultural Economic Growth and Productivity: Discussion," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 74(3):764-65.

Capalbo, S., V.E. Ball, and M. Denny. 1990. "International Comparisons of Agricultural Productivity: Development and Usefulness," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 72(5):1292-1297.

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

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

Ball, V.E. 1985. "Output, Input, and Productivity Measurement in U.S. Agriculture, 1948-79," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 67(3):475-486.

Ball, V.E., and R.G. Chambers. 1982. "An Economic Analysis of Technology in the Meat Products Industry," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 64(4):699-709.