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Thomas W Hertel

Agricultural Economics 

  • Distinguished Professor
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Thomas Hertel is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, where his research and teaching focus on international trade, food and environmental security. Dr. Hertel is a Fellow, and a Past-President, of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) which now encompasses more than 15,000 researchers in 170 countries around the world ( This Project maintains a global economic data base and an applied general equilibrium modeling framework which are documented in the book: Global Trade Analysis: Modeling and Applications, edited by Dr. Hertel, and published by Cambridge University Press. He has supervised more than forty PhD students and published more than 120 peer reviewed journal articles, along with several dozen book chapters as well as four books. Professor Hertel is the inaugural recipient of the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award. He has also received a number of AAEA awards including: Publication of Enduring Quality, Distinguished Policy Contribution, Outstanding Journal Article and Quality of Communication. He has also been Advisor to two Outstanding AAEA PhD and MS theses.

Awards & Honors

(2017) Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

(2013) Research and Scholarship Distinction Award (First Recipient). Purdue University.

(2003) Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics. Purdue University.

(2011) Past President. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

(2017) Sustainability Science Award for the Outstanding Article in Ecology. Ecological Society of America.

(2017) Purdue University Big Idea Competition PI. Discovery Park.

(2016) Publication of Enduring Quality, "Global Trade Analysis: Modeling and Applications". Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

(2007) Outstanding Quality of Communication Award (Editor): "Poverty and the WTO". Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

(2017) Outstanding Paper Award. European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

(2017) Mellon-Purdue Grand Challenge Competition. Mellon Foundation/Purdue Policy Research Institute.

Selected Publications

Hertel, T. W., & Baldos, U. C. (2016). Global Change and the Challenge of Sustainably Feeding a Growing Planet. New York: Springer. Retrieved from

Hertel, T. W., Baldos, U. C., & Van Der Mensbrugghe, D. Y. (2016). Predicting Long Term Food Demand, Cropland Use and Prices. Annual Review of Resource Economics.

Liu, J., Hertel, T. W., Diffenbaugh, N. S., Delgado, M. S., & Ashfaq, M. (2015). Future property damage from flooding: Sensitivities to Economy and Climate Change. Climatic Change. doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1478-z

Liu, J., Mooney, H., Hull, V., Davis, S. J., Gaskell, J., Hertel, T. W., . . . Li, S. (2015). Systems Integration for Global Sustainability. Science, 347(6225), 1258832. doi:10.1126/science.1258832

Hertel, T. W. (2015). The Challenges of Sustainably Feeding a Growing Planet. Food Security. Retrieved from

Baldos, U. C., & Hertel, T. W. (2015). The Role of International Trade in Managing Food Security Risks from Climate Change. Food Security, 7, 275-290. Retrieved from

Hertel, T. W., & Lobell, D. (2014). Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change in Rich and Poor Countries: Current Modeling Practice and Potential for Empirical Contributions. Energy Economics. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2014.04.014

Steinbuks, J., & Hertel, T. W. (2014). Confronting the Food-Energy-Environment Trilemma: Global Land Use in the Long Run. Environmental and Resource Economics. Retrieved from

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