The University of Arizona. The University of Arizona
Agricultural & Resource Economics
Bruce Beattie

Professor; Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1970;
Production Economics


Bruce Beattie






office Chávez 328
phone (520) 621-9642

Teaching and Research Interests
Bruce Beattie joined the faculty in 1990 as professor and head of department. He has held faculty positions at the University of Kentucky, Iowa State, Texas A&M, and Montana State University (including head of department). Teaching interests include production economics, intermediate microeconomics, and principles of microeconomics. Research interest area is production and agricultural economics. Current research/writing projects include “Tractable U-Shaped Average Variable Cost,” “U.S. and Arizona Agricultural Productivity Revisited” (with Mortenson), and “Perverse Environmental Policy Implications for Irrigated Agriculture When Whole-Farm Water Allocation Is Fixed” (with Watts and Attwood).

Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Honors
Fellow, American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA)
President, AAEA
President, Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA)
President, National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators
Associate Editor, American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Society of Centennial Alumni (100 most distinguished graduates), Montana State University
Award for Professional Excellence (extension program), WAEA
Award for Professional Excellence (published research), WAEA
Award for Professional Excellence (published research), AAEA

Classes Taught
INDV 103, Role of Markets and Incentives
AREC 304, Intermediate Production and Consumption Analysis
AREC 504, Production Economics

Selected Publications
•Beattie, Bruce R. (2011). Readings in Production and Consumption Economics: Collected Papers of B.R. Beattie and Friends. Tucson: Department of Agricultural and Resource  Economics, University of Arizona. 85 pp.

• Beattie, Bruce R., C.R. Taylor, and M.J. Watts. (2009). The Economics of Production, second edition. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing.

• Beattie, Bruce R. (2006). On Doing More with Less and Other Messages for University Administrators: Collected Papers of a Former Insider. Tucson: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona. 101 pp.

• Beattie, Bruce R. and J.T. LaFrance. (2006). “The Law of Demand Versus Diminishing Marginal Utility.” Review of Agricultural Economics 28(2):263–271.

• Beattie, Bruce R., J.R. Mortensen, and L. Knudsen. (December 2004).“The Flexible Cubic Polynomial and Plateau Production Functions.” Journal of Agricultural Economics 191(4):55–64 (English translation of original Danish available at

• Mortensen, Jorgen R., and B.R. Beattie. (December 2003). “Does Choice of Response Function Matter in Setting Maximum Allowable N-Application Rates in Danish Agriculture.” Journal of Agricultural Economics 190(4):338-350. (English translation of original Danish available at researchpapers.html.)

• Beattie, Bruce R., M.T. Holt, and M.J. Watts. (Spring/Summer 2002). “On the Function Coefficient, Euler’s Theorem, and Homogeneity in Production Theory.” Review of Agricultural Economics 24(1):240–249.

• Beattie, Bruce R. (2001). “The ‘Disappearance’ of Agricultural Land: Fact or Fiction?” In: Agriculture and the Environment: Searching for Greener Pastures, T.L. Anderson and B. Yandle, eds. Stanford: Hoover Press.