Published on 04/03/13

UGA economist wins international honor from Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

By Merritt Melancon

University of Georgia economist Jeffrey Dorfman was recently named a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the top professional association for agricultural and natural resource economists.

Dorfman’s contributions in econometrics include advances in modeling and forecasting, and popularizing Bayesian econometrics within agricultural and applied economics.

Dorfman started his career in academics just as computers were becoming more commonplace in university research labs. He was one of the first economists to use new numerical integration methods to attack the complex and pain-staking math needed to apply Bayesian probability principles to economics.

“Dr. Dorfman is a top-notch economist and extremely well-respected in our profession,”” said Octavio Ramirez, director of the CAES Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. “His initiation as AAEA Fellow at such an early stage of his career is a great honor for him, our department and the University of Georgia.”

He is the first professor in the 85-year history of the UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics to receive the honor, which is the highest recognition bestowed by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

“It’s a big honor, and I am very pleased to get it,” he said.

Dorfman joined the faculty of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1989.

Since then he’s built a reputation across Georgia by commenting on local government finance, land use and by providing frequent training sessions for the state’s local government officials on these issues.

In addition to his research and outreach, Dorfman has taught numerous courses microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and agricultural marketing.

Dorfman will accept his award in Washington D.C. at the joint meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in August.

Dorfman has served the association as co-editor and associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, as chair of the Econometrics Section, and member and chair of numerous AAEA committees. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from U.C., Davis. He is also a founding member of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.

The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is an international non-profit association serving the professional interests of members working in agricultural and broadly related fields of applied economics.

Merritt Melancon is a public relations manager with UGA's Terry College of Business and previously served as a public relations coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension.

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