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Benjamin M Gramig

Agricultural Economics 

  • Associate Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
Krannert Room 564

Ben Gramig’s teaching and research activities are focused primarily on environmental and natural resource economics. He has a strong interest in the interface between agriculture and the environment, and his work is motivated by public policy and the role of human activity in environmental change.

Ben has a strong interest in applied micro-economic theory and inter-disciplinary research that integrates economics with natural or physical sciences to analyze applied problems. His research interests include decision making under uncertainty, information economics, climate change, markets for environmental goods and services, invasive species management, and spatial dimensions of environmental and natural resource management.

Ben’s dissertation research focused on empirical and theoretical analysis of livestock disease management issues including on-farm adoption of biosecurity and health management practices, design of government indemnification programs in the presence of asymmetric information, and modeling disease and behavioral dynamics in a decentralized setting.

Ben has previously worked in a consulting setting as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, and gained experience working with extension agents, commodity groups, farmers, environmental organizations, government agencies that oversee agri-environmental programs and elected officials while working in the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy in Kentucky.

Awards & Honors

(2015) Partnership Award for Mission Integration. USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

(2015) TEAM Award. College of Agriculture, Purdue University.

Selected Publications

Horowitz, A., Moomaw, W., Liptzin, D., Gramig, B. M., Reeling, C. J., Meyer, J., & Hurley, K. (in press). A multiple metrics approach to prioritizing strategies for measuring and managing reactive nitrogen in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

Takle, E., Anderson, C., Andresen, J., Angel, J., Elmore, R., Gramig, B., Guinan, P., . . . Widhalm, M. (2014). Climate Forecasts for Corn Producer Decision Making. Earth Interactions, 18, 1äóñ8. Retrieved from

Andrews, A., Clawson, R., Gramig, B. M., & Raymond, L. (in press). Finding the Right Value: Framing Effects on Domain Experts.

Gramig, B., Reeling, C., Cibin, R., & Chaubey, I. (2013). Environmental and economic tradeoffs in a watershed when using corn stover for bioenergy. Environmental Science & Technology, 47(4), 1787-1791. Retrieved from

Reimer, A., Gramig, B., & Prokopy, L. (2013). Farmers and conservation programs: Explaining differences in Environmental Quality Incentives Program applications between states. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 68(2), 110-119.

Sesmero, J., & Gramig, B. (2013). Farmers' Supply Response, Price of Corn Residue, and Its Economic Viability as an Energy Feedstock. BioEnergy Research, 6(2), 797-807. Retrieved from

Roucan-Kane, M., Gramig, B., Widmar, N. O., Ortega, D., & Gray, A. (2013). U.S. Agribusiness Companies and Product Innovation: Insights from a Choice Experiment Conducted with Agribusiness Executives. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 16(4), 123-140. Retrieved from

Andrews, A., Clawson, R., Gramig, B., & Raymond, L. (2013). Why Do Farmers Adopt Conservation Tillage? An Experimental Investigation of Framing Effects. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 68(6), 501-511. Retrieved from

Reeling, C., & Gramig, B. (2012). A Novel Framework for Analysis of Cross-Media Environmental Effects from Agricultural Conservation Practices. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 146(12), 44-51. Retrieved from

Gramig, B., Barnard, J., & Prokopy, L. (2012). Farmer Beliefs about Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration Incentives. Climate Research, 56(2), 157-167. Retrieved from