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Larry F. Leistritz

Larry F. Leistritz

Office: Barry Hall 516

Phone: 701.231.7455

Fax: 701.231.7400

About Dr. Leistritz

Dr. Leistritz is a Distinguished Professor of Agribusiness & Applied Economics at North Dakota State University, Fargo. For more than 35 years, he has been actively engaged in research, teaching, and outreach activities focused on economic assessments of agricultural and natural resource development initiatives. He has authored more than 400 professional publications, most dealing with economic assessment of agricultural and natural resource development, including effects on the regional economy, the population, and infrastructure of affected communities. He also has authored or co-authored 12 books and more than 100 refereed journal articles, as well as more than 40 book chapters dealing with these topics. Recent research and outreach efforts led by Dr. Leistritz include studies of the emerging nature tourism industry in North Dakota and examination of the economic development potential of biomass-based energy and product development.

Dr. Leistritz has supported his research program primarily through grants and contracts from a wide variety of federal, state, and local government agencies, from agricultural commodity and other interest groups, and from private firms. He has served as principal investigator/project leader for more than 160 grant and contract projects, totaling more than $6 million, including many that involved multidisciplinary project teams.

Professional service has been an important aspect of Leistritz’s career. Notable among his many professional service activities has been serving as President of two major professional organizations – the Western Agricultural Economics Association and the International Association for Impact Assessment. The latter organization, comprised of economic, social, and environmental assessment professionals from the governmental and private sectors, as well as academia, has about 2,500 members representing more than 100 countries.

Selected Publications

Hodur, Nancy M., and F. Larry Leistritz. 2007. Estimating the Economic Impact of Event Tourism: A Review of Issues and Methods. Journal of Convention and Event Tourism (in press)

Leistritz, F. Larry, Donald M. Senechal, Mark Stowers, William F. McDonald, Chris M. Saffron, and Nancy M. Hodur. 2006. Preliminary Feasibility Analysis for an Integrated Biomaterials and Ethanol Biorefinery Using Wheat Straw Feedstock. AAE Rpt. No. 590. Fargo: NDSU, Dept. of Agr. & Applied Economics.

Hodur, Nancy M., Dean A. Bangsund, F. Larry Leistritz, and John T. Kaatz. 2006. “Estimating the Contribution of a Multi-Purpose Event Facility to the Area Economy,” Tourism Economics 12 (2): 303-316.

Leistritz, F. Larry. 2003. “Measuring the Economic Impact of Producer Cooperatives.” pp. 247-261 in Cooperatives and Development: Theory and Applications for the 21st Century, edited by Christopher Merrett and Norman Walzer: London: M. E. Sharpe.


Distinguished Scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association, 2005
Business and Industrial Development Award, Greater North Dakota Association, 1998
NDSU Faculty Economic Development Award, 1995
Fargo Chamber of Commerce, NDSU Distinguished Professorship, 1994 Excellence in Research Award, Senior Faculty, North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, 1993


Ph.D. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Agricultural Economics, 1970
M.S. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Agricultural Economics, 1968
B.S. Science: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Agricultural Economics, degree with high distinction, 1967

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