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Prithviraj Lakkakula

IPrithviraj Lakkakula

Office: Richard H. Barry Hall 606

Phone: 701-231-6642

Fax: 701-231-7400

Expanded Curriculum Vita

Research Assistant Professor of Agribusiness and Applied Economics
(January 2015 – present)
Phone: 701-231-6642
Fax: 701-231-7400


Ph.D. Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida, 2014
M.S. Agricultural Economics, University of Arkansas, 2010
B.Sc. Agriculture, Acharya N.G Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, 2007

Executive Program

MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 
Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application, September 2018.

Teaching Experience

ECON 341: Intermediate Microeconomics (at NDSU)
AEB 5516: Quantitative Methods in Agribusiness (at University of Florida)

Working Papers

Lakkakula, P., Schmitz, T., & Wahl, T. (2019). Welfare Analysis of Sweetener Trade between the United States and Mexico. 
Wahl, T., May, S., & Lakkakula, P. (2019). The Export/Import Process and Streamlining Trade. 
Lakkakula, P., & Wilson, W. (2019). Panel Data Analysis of Soybean Origin and Destination Basis. 
Olson, F., & Lakkakula, P. (2019). Panel Data Analysis of Agricultural Cooperatives in the Midwest. 


Awarded $76,206 grant for Pea and Lentil Market Analysis from USDA/AMS/ND Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, October 2015 to June 2017 (Co-PIs: Dr. Frayne Olson, and Dr. David Ripplinger) [Funded].

Submitted (as a Principal Investigator) a $200,305 grant proposal (Detection of Foliar Diseases in Peas Using Image Analysis and Deep Learning) to USDA/AMS/ND Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program [Co-PIs: Dr. Simone Ludwig, Dr. Julie Pasche, Dr. William Wilson, and Dr. Frayne Olson], March 2019 [Not Funded].


Lakkakula, P., and Schmitz, A. (2019). U.S. Sweeteners: Combating Excess Consumption with an Excise Tax?.  Agricultural Economics. DOI: 10.1111/agec.12508
Lakkakula, P. (2018). Potential Impact of Sweetener Input Tax on Public Health.Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. DOI: 10.1007/s40258-018-0428-0.
Lakkakula, P. (2018). Time Series Versus Causal Forecasting: An Application of Artificial Neural Networks. International Conference on Time Series and Forecasting (ITISE).
Lakkakula, P., and Olson, F. (2017). Sweeteners May Leave a Sour Note on NAFTA Renegotiations. Choices. Quarter 4.
Lakkakula, P. (2017). What are the Effects of GST on Indian Agriculture? The Case of Turmeric. Economic & Political WEEKLY. Volume 52, Issue No. 41.
Lakkakula, P. (2017). Testing Causality Among Five Fertilizer Prices. Applied Economics Letters. DOI:10.1080/13504851.2017.1352067
Lakkakula, P., Schmitz, A., and Ripplinger, D. (2016). U.S. Sweetener Demand Analysis:A QUAIDS Model Application. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 41(3): 533-548.
Lakkakula, P., Haynes, D.J. and Schmitz, T.G. (2015). Genetic Engineering and Food Security: A Welfare Economics Perspective. Food Security in an Uncertain World (Frontiers of Economics and Globalization), Volume 15, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 15, pp. 179-193.
Lakkakula, P., Dixon, B. L., Thomsen, M. R., Wailes, E. J. and Danforth, D. M. (2015). Global Rice Trade Competitiveness: A Shift-Share Analysis. Agricultural Economics.DOI: 10.1111/agec.12162
Lakkakula, P., and Schmitz, A. (2013). Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Consumption Shifts: Change in Tastes or Relative Prices?. International Sugar Journal 115:555-559.

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