Hongli Feng

Hongli Feng

Telephone: 517 884 8520

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Associate Professor
446 W. Circle, Dr., Rm 213D, Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing MI 48824


Ph.D., Iowa State University
B.S., China Agricultural University

Dr. Feng is a fixed-term associate professor at the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University. Dr. Feng conducts research and teaches in the areas of agriculture, the environment, and the interface of the two. She has contributed to the understanding of agriculture as a managed ecosystem and examined incentives, policies, and ecological consequences related to various agricultural and land use practices. One area of her current research is the trends and determinants of land uses and agricultural production systems in the United States. Another current research area investigates farmers’ strategical and operational decision making with a behavioral economics approach. Examples of specific research topics include how climate and social infrastructure have impacted the evolution of regional land use patterns in the U.S. Cornbelt; what are the likely intended and untended consequences of agro-environmental policies; and what roles economic, psychological, and social factors play in farmers’ decisions making (regarding, e.g., land uses, crop insurances, grazing practices, and antibiotics use). Dr. Feng collaborates closely with other economists and colleagues from other social and natural science disciplines.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Environmental and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics
  • Current research topics include agricultural and environmental policies, climate change, land use changes, and crop insurance.
  • Past research topic included the economics and biophysical modeling of water and soil quality, tradable permits, biofuel policies, green payments, and carbon sequestration.

Student Mentoring

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching experience at MSU: forthcoming
  • Teaching experience at Iowa State University: The Economies of China and India (Econ 387, co-taught), Environmental and Resource Economics (Econ/Env S 380), Public Finance (Econ 344).
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