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Thomas W Hertel

Agricultural Economics 

  • Distinguished Professor of Agriculture
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Professor Hertel is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, where his research focuses on the economy-wide impacts of global trade and environmental policies.

Dr. Hertel is a Fellow, and 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 10,000 researchers in 150 countries around the world (https://www.gtap.agecon.purdue.edu/). 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 in 1997.

Professor Hertel’s most recent research has focused on the impacts of climate change and mitigation policies on global land use and poverty. During the 2011-12 year he is on leave at Stanford University, where he is engaged in inter-disciplinary research on these topics.


Previously, Professor Hertel has conducted extensive research on the impacts of multilateral trade agreements, including the linkages between global trade policies and poverty in developing countries. His book on the poverty impacts of a WTO agreement (co-edited with Alan Winters) received the AAEA Quality of Communication award. Other AAEA awards include: Distinguished Policy Contribution and Outstanding Journal Article.


Awards & Honors

(2012) Rockefeller Bellagio Program Residency. Rockefeller Foundation.

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

(2010) Advisory Committee for Capacity Building for Trade Policy Analysis. World Trade Organization.

(2010) President, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

(2010) President, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

(2009) President-Elect. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

(2007) AAEA Outstanding Quality of Communication Award. American Association of Agricultural Economists.

(2005) International Research Fellow. Kiel Institute of World Economy.

(2004) Chairman, International Section. American Association of Agricultural Economists.

(2004) Distinguished Fellow. American Association of Agricultural Economists.

Selected Publications

Hertel, T. W., Steinbuks, J., & Baldos, U. C. (in press). Competition for Land in the Global Bioeconomy. Agricultural Economics.

Golub, A., & Hertel, T. W. (2012). Modeling Land Use Change Impacts of Biofuels in the GTAP-BIO Framework. Climate Change Economics, 3(3).

Hertel, T. W., Walmsley, T. L., & Ianchovichina, E. I. (2012). Assessing the Impact of China's WTO Accession on Investment - Chapter 8. In Dynamic Modeling and Applications for Global Economic Analysis (Vol. 1, pp. 8:205-234). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hertel, T. W., Walmsley, T. L., & Itakura, K. (2012). Dynamic Effects of the 'New-Age' Free Trade Agreement between Japan and Singapore - Chapter 9. In Dynamic Modeling and Applications for Global Economic Analysis (Vol. 1, pp. 9:235-268). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Golub, A., & Hertel, T. W. (2012). Globabl Economic Integration and Land Use Change - Chapter 11. In Dynamic Modeling and Applications for Global Economic Analysis (Vol. 1, pp. 11:290-311). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Itakura, K., Hertel, T. W., & Reimer, J. (2012). The Contribution of Productivity Linkages to the General Equilibrium Analysis of Free Trade Agreements - Chapter 12. In Dynamic Modeling and Applications for Global Economic Analysis (Vol. 1, pp. 12:312-341). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Taheripour, F., Hertel, T. W., & Liu, J. (in press). The Role of Irrigation in Determining the Global Land Use Impacts of Biofuels. Energy, Sustainability and Society.

Avetisyan, M., Hertel, T. W., & Sampson, G. (in press). Is Local Food More Environmentally Friendly? The GHG Emissions Impacts of Consuming Imported vs. Domestically Produced Food. Environmental and Resource Economics.

Steinbuks, J., & Hertel, T. W. (in press). Energy prices will plan an important role in determining global land use in the twenty first century. Environmental Research Letters.

Lobell, D., Baldos, U. C., & Hertel, T. W. (in press). Climate Adaptation as Mitigation: The Case of Agricultural Investments. Environmental Research Letters.