The University of Arizona. The University of Arizona
Agricultural & Resource Economics
Gary D. Thompson
Professor and Department Head; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 1986;
Production Economics, Applied Econometrics, Demand Analysis

Gary Thompson






email garyt@ag.arizona.edu
office Chávez 319B
phone (520) 621-6249

Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Thompson’s research interests have centered on production economics and demand analysis. Several of his research projects focused on fresh fruit and vegetable production and demand. He maintains active interests in consumer demand issues relating to organic foods, food safety, and health concerns. Much of this research employs microeconometric methods for analyzing food and agricultural research questions.

His research interests in applied econometrics are complemented by his teaching of advanced applied econometrics in the M.S. program. The capstone course he teaches involves an innovative public-private relationship with American Express’ Small Business unit in Phoenix, Arizona. The course provides M.S. students the opportunity to analyze a real world business problem posed by American Express staff while employing American Express proprietary data. The class culminates in a formal business presentation made by students to American Express staff. As part of the department’s specialization in applied econometrics, the capstone course has helped many alumni to obtain applied econometrician positions in financial risk and energy industries.

He currently serves as department head while maintaining an active research and teaching commitment.

Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Honors
Fulbright Specialist, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy, 2009
Graduate College Teaching and Mentoring Award, University of Arizona, 2007
Fulbright Distinguished Research/Lecturer Award, Viterbo, Italy, 2006
Outstanding Article (with Paul Wilson), Honorable Mention, Review of Agricultural Economics, 2004

Classes Taught
AREC 404, Production Economic Analysis
AREC 559, Advanced Applied Econometrics

Selected Publications
• Thompson, Gary D., Satheesh V. Aradhyula, George Frisvold, and Russell Tronstad. “Does Paying Referees Expedite Reviews?: Results of a Natural Experiment,” Southern Economic Journal 2010, 76(3):678–692.

• Catchers , Clifford A. and Gary D. Thompson. “Forecasting Short-Term Electricity Load Profiles,” Cardon Research Paper 2006-07, August 2006.

• Blank, Steven C., and Gary D. Thompson. “Can/Should/Will a Niche Become the Norm? Organic Agriculture's Short Past and Long Future,” Contemporary Economic Policy 22(October 2004):483–503.

• Wilson, Paul N., and Gary D. Thompson. “Time Integration: Agribusiness Structure for Competitive Advantage,” Review of Agricultural Economics 25(Spring-Summer 2003):30–43.

• Thompson, Gary D. and Paul N. Wilson. “Common Property as an Institutional Response to Environmental Variability,” in Property Rights and Environmental Problems, Bruce A. Larson, ed. Volume 2, 2003, pp. 149–160.

• Thompson, Gary D., and Ricardo Cavazos Cepeda. “Gauging the Recent Effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement,” Journal of the Food Distribution Research Society, 33,1(March 2002):7–19.

• Thompson, Gary D. "International Consumer Demand for Organic Foods." HortTechnology, Vol. 10, No. 4, Oct-Dec 2000.