James Williamson

Economist
202-694-5539
jwilliamson@ers.usda.gov

Briefly

James Williamson is an economist with the Farm Economy Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division. As a researcher, James' principal areas of expertise include public finance and policy analysis. He has published articles on the valuation of water quality, tax policy and environmental exposure to hazardous substances, and environmental pollution fees and sustainability. He has also authored several book chapters on the economics of watershed restoration. At ERS, James conducts research on Federal tax policies that affect rural America and the agricultural sector. He also leads the farm income and wealth statistics program.

Background

James began his career in the Federal government in 2003. Previous to joining ERS in 2008, he held a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Research and Development, and served as an economist with the Joint Committee on Taxation in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2012-13, James served as a senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Office of the President.

Education

James received a Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University in December of 2003. He also holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Vermont with a concentration in finance and economics.

Professional Affiliations

James is a member of the American Agricultural Economics Association, the Eastern Economic Association, and the Society of Government Economists.

Selected Publications

ERS Publications

Williamson, J.M., J. Pender. 2016. “The Gulf Opportunity Zone Helped Affected Counties Recover Economically after Hurricane Katrina,” Amber Waves Finding, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service (forthcoming), online.

Hansen, L., D. Hellerstein, M. Ribaudo, and J.M. Williamson. 2015. Targeting Investments to Cost Effectively Restore and Protect Wetland Ecosystems: Some Economic Insights, ERR-183, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Williamson, J.M. 2014. “Beginning Farmers and Ranchers and the Agricultural Act of 2014,” Amber Waves Feature, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

Williamson, J.M. 2015. “Potential Implications of Health Care Reform for Farm Families,” Amber Waves Finding, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April.

Durst, R., and J.M. Williamson. 2013. “Federal Income Tax Reform and the Potential Effects on Farm Households,” Amber Waves Feature, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February, online.

Williamson, J.M., R. Durst, and T. Farrigan. 2013. The Potential Impact of Tax Reform on Farm Business and Rural Households, EIB-107, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Ribaudo, M., M. Livingston, and J.M. Williamson. 2012. Nitrogen Management on U.S. Corn, 2001-10, EB-20, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November.

Ribaudo, M., J. Delgado, L. Hansen, M. Livingston, R. Mosheim, and J.M. Williamson. 2011. Nitrogen in Agricultural Systems: Implications for Conservation Policy, ERR-127, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Williamson, J.M., R. Durst, and M. Brady. 2011. “Tax-Deferred Exchanges of Farmland Provide Valuable Savings to Some Farmers,” Amber Waves Finding, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Williamson, J.M., and S. Stutzman. 2016. “The Impact of Tax Policy on Farm Capital Investment: The Case of Section 179 Expensing and Bonus Depreciation,” forthcoming in Agricultural Finance Review 76(2):1-26.

Ahearn, M., J.M. Williamson, and N. Black. 2015. “Implications of Health Care Reform for Farm Businesses and Families,” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 37(2):260-286.

Williamson, J.M., and J. Pender. 2014. “Economic Stimulus and the Tax Code: The Impact of the Gulf Opportunity Zone,” Public Finance Review, December. Published online before print, doi: 10.1177/1091142114557724.

Williamson, J.M. 2013. “Agriculture, the Tax Code, and Potential Tax Reform,” Choices 28(2), 2nd Quarter.

Williamson, J.M., and A. Katchova. 2013. “Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Beginning and Low-equity Farmers: The Case of Aggie Bonds,” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 45(3):485-496.

Williamson, J.M. 2013. “Estimating the Effects of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 on the Home Health Care Use of the Dually Eligible: A Natural Experiments Approach,” Social Work in Public Health (formerly Journal of Health and Social Policy) 28(5):463-476.

Williamson, J.M. 2011. “The Role of Information and Prices in the Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Decision: New Evidence from the Agricultural Resource Management Survey,” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 36(3):552–572.

Williamson, J.M., M. Brady, and R. Durst. 2010. “Tax-Deferred Exchanges of Farmland: Theory and Evidence from Federal Tax Data,” Agricultural Finance Review 70(2):214-230.

Williamson, J.M. 2010. “Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Children's Health," Eastern Economic Journal 36(4):423-449.

Shastri, Y., U. Diwekar, H. Cabezas, and J.M. Williamson. 2008. “Is Sustainability Achievable? Exploring the Limits of Sustainability with Model Systems,” Environmental Science & Technology 42(17):6710–6716.

Williamson, J.M., H. Thurston, and M. Heberling. 2008. “Valuing Acid Mine Drainage Remediation in West Virginia: A Hedonic Modeling Approach,” Annals of Regional Science 42(4):987-999.

Williamson, J.M., H. Thurston, and M. Heberling. 2007. “Valuing Acid Mine Drainage Remediation in West Virginia: Benefit Transfer with Preference Calibration,” Environmental Economics and Policy Studies 8(4):271-293.

Smeeding, T.M., J.M. Williamson, E. Sierminska, J. Gornick, and A. Brandolini. 2006. “Income and Poverty in the United States in Comparative Perspective: The Role of Income and Wealth in Guaranteeing Economic Security,” Public Policy and Aging Report  16(3):23-27.

Other Publications

Williamson, J.M. 2013. “Challenges and Opportunities in U.S. Agriculture,” in The Economic Report of the President, 2013, Executive Office of the President, Council of Economic Advisers, Washington, DC.

Ashenmiller, B., S. Helper, and J.M. Williamson. 2013. “Climate Change and the Path toward Sustainable Energy Source,” in The Economic Report of the President, 2013, Executive Office of the President, Council of Economic Advisers, Washington, DC.

Williamson, J.M. 2009. “Using Hedonic Modeling to Value AMD Remediation in the Cheat River Watershed,” in Environmental Economics for Watershed Restoration, H. Thurston, M. Heberling, and A. Schrecongost, eds. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.

Williamson, J.M. 2009. “Using Benefit Transfer to Value AMD Remediation in the Cheat River Watershed,” in Environmental Economics for Watershed Restoration, H. Thurston, M. Heberling, and A. Schrecongost, eds. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group.