Agribusiness and Applied Economics


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About Xudong Rao

Academic positions


Office: Barry Hall 626

Phone: 701-231-5882

Fax: 701.231.7400

Assistant Professor, Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, 2019 – Present

Assistant Professor, Business Economics Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2015-2019 (Permanent contract granted in 2018)


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2015

M.S., Renmin University of China, 2008

B.S., Renmin University of China, 2006

Research Areas

Farm and Agribusiness Management, Risk Analysis, Efficiency and Productivity, Technology Adoption, Food and Agricultural Policy, International Agricultural Development

Selected Awards

  • University Excellence Education Prize, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2017.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Award, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, 2016.
  • Quality of Research Discovery Award, Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society, 2015.

Representative Publications

  • Rao, X. 2019. “Land Fragmentation with Double Dividends - The Case of Tanzanian Agriculture." European Review of Agricultural Economics.
  • Hurley, T.M., X. Rao and P.G. Pardey. 2017. “Re-Examining the Reported Rates of Return to Food and Agricultural Research and Development: Reply." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99(3): 827-836.
  • Zhang, Y., X. Rao, and H.H. Wang. 2017. “Organization, Technology, and Management Innovations through Acquisition in Chinas Pork Value Chains: The Case of the Smithfield Acquisition by Shuanghui." Food Policy 83: 337-345.
  • Pardey, P.G., R.S. Andrade, T.M. Hurley, X. Rao, and F.G. Liebenberg. 2016. “Returns to Food and Agricultural R&D Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1975-2014." Food Policy 65: 1-8.
  • Hurley, T.M., X. Rao and P.G. Pardey. 2014. “Re-Examining the Reported Rates of Return to Food and Agricultural Research and Development." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96(5): 1492-1504.
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