Nicholas Rada

Nicholas Rada

Research Economist
202-694-5202
nrada@ers.usda.gov

Briefly

Nicholas Rada is a Research Economist in the Food Security and Development Branch (FSDB) of the ERS Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED). His work has focused on international agricultural productivity growth, international food security, and agricultural development.

 

Current projects evaluate agricultural total factor productivity (TFP) growth at the global and regional levels, as well as in the rapidly emerging countries of Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, and China. The productivity effects from investments in science and economic/trade policy, and in the broader enabling environment (education, infrastructure, etc.) are a point of focus. The relationship between farm size and productivity is also a point of emphasis.

Background

Nicholas joined ERS in 2009 upon completing his doctoral degree at Oregon State University.

Education

Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, Oregon State University;
M.S. in Agricultural Economics, West Virginia University;
B.S. in Economics and a Minor in French, West Virginia University.

Professional Affiliations

Nicholas is an intermittent member of:

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

North American Productivity Workshops (NAPW)

European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (EWEPA)

International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

Selected Publications

USDA Reports

Rada, N., W. Liefert, and O. Liefert. 2017. Productivity Growth and the Revival of Russian Agriculture, ERR-228, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April.

Rada, N., and D. Schimmelpfennig. 2015. Propellers of Agricultural Productivity in India, ERR-203, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, December.

Fuglie, K., and N. Rada. 2013. Resources, Policies, and Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa, ERR-145, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Rada, N., and C. Valdes. 2012. Policy, Technology, and Efficiency of Brazilian Agriculture, ERR-137, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July.

Rada, N., and A. Regmi. 2010. Trade and Food Security Implications From the Indonesian Agricultural Experience, WRS-10-01, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, May.

Journal Articles

Rada, N., and K. Fuglie, 2018, “New perspectives on farm size and productivity,” Food Policy.

Rada, N., S. Helfand, and M. Magalhães, 2018, “Agricultural productivity growth in Brazil: Large and small farms excel,” Food Policy.

Julien, J., B. Bravo-Ureta, and N. Rada, 2018, “Assessing farm performance by size in Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda,” Food Policy.

Rada, N., and D. Schimmelpfennig, 2018, “Evaluating research and education performance in Indian agricultural development," Agricultural Economics

Rada, N. 2016. "India's Post-Green Revolution Agricultural Performance: What is Driving Growth?" Agricultural Economics 47(3):341-50.

Rada, N., C. Wang, and L. Qin. 2015. "Subsidy or Market Reform? Rethinking China's Farm Consolidation Strategy," Food Policy 57:93-103.

Wang, C., N. Rada, and S. Pan. 2014. "Impacts of Migration on Household Production Choices: Evidence from China," Journal of Development Studies 50(3):413-25.

Rada, N. 2013. "Assessing Brazil's Cerrado Agricultural Miracle," Food Policy 38:146-55.

Rada, N., C. Wang, and L. Qin. 2012. "Hired-Labor Demand on Chinese Household Farms," Journal of Agribusiness in Developing & Emerging Economies 2(2):115-29.

Rada, N., and S. Buccola. 2012. "Agricultural Policy and Productivity: Evidence from Brazilian Censuses," Agricultural Economics 43(4):355-67.

Rada, N., S. Buccola, and K. Fuglie. 2011. "Government Policy and Agricultural Productivity in Indonesia," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93(3):863-80.

Book Chapters

Fuglie, K., and N. Rada, 2016, “Economies of Size in National Agricultural Research Systems.” In: Lynam, J., N. Beintema, J. Roseboom, and O. Badiane (eds.) Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC, Chapter 3

Rada, N. 2013. “Assessing Brazil’s Cerrado Agricultural Miracle: An Update,” in A Contribuição da Ciência e da Tecnologia para o Desenvolvimento do Agronegócio, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, E. Teixeira, R. Protil, and A. Lima, eds. Viçosa, MG, Brazil.

Rada, N., and K. Fuglie. 2012. "Factors Affecting Agricultural Productivity in Indonesia," in Productivity Growth in Agriculture: An International Perspective, K. Fuglie, S. Wang, and V. Ball, eds. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

Fuglie, K., and N. Rada. 2012. "Resources, Policies, and Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa," in Productivity Growth in Agriculture: An International Perspective, K. Fuglie, S. Wang, and V. Ball, eds. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.