M.S. Theses and Plan B Papers Written by AFRE Graduates

The Graduate School and MSU Libraries do not collect M.S. Plan B papers. Some Plan B papers are linked below through AgEcon Search, but some are not. For those that are not available on AgEcon Search, the Department internally houses copies of the Plan B papers. Please contact the AFRE Academic Program Coordinator if you have questions. 

Regarding the M.S. theses, it takes the MSU Libraries some time to get theses through ProQuest and posted on the Libraries website. Any newer theses that you do not see linked below will be linked once available on the Libraries website, but are, in the meantime, internally housed by the Department. 

2021

Biedny, Christina Combatting Hardened Soils for Agricultural Productivity: A Proposal for Measuring Farmer Preferences for Soil and Water Conservation Methods in Dosso, Niger. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Nicole Mason-Wardell.

Boudreaux, Gregory Economic Damages of Water Quality Warnings at Great Lake Beaches. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.

Hubbell, Caitlinn The Impact of Support Claims on Consumer Willingness to Pay for Origin and Nutrition Labels: The Case of Tart Cherry Juice. Master's Thesis. Major Professors: Melissa McKendree and Vincenzina Caputo.

Vargas, Carolina Rural-urban Territorial Effects on Dairy Farmer Inclusion in Modern Market Channels: The Case of Colombia. Master's Thesis. Major Professors: Thomas Reardon and Brent Ross.

2020 

Affoukou, Kevin Effect of Intercropping on Inputs Demand and Food Security in Maize Farming System in Uganda. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Cynthia Donovan.

Aguegboh, Ekene Stephen Understanding Consumers' Behavior on Water Sachet Polyethylene Wastes in Nigeria. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

Bellinger, Megan The Roles of Land and Off-farm Employment in Youth and Young Adult Outmigration: Evidence from Rural Zambia. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Nicole Mason-Wardell.

Clifford, McKenna Beef Producers' Motivations, Perceptions and Willingness to Adopt Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Melissa McKendree.

Faas, Simone Intra-Household Human Capital Measures and Child and Maternal Health: Evidence From Zambia. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Maria Porter.

Flores Moreno, Francisco Cooking for Loved Ones: The Betty Crocker's Effect and Social Relationships. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Trey Malone.

Knowles, Scott The Impact of Cloud Seeding on Small Grain Crops: Evidence from the North Dakota Cloud Modification Project. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mark Skidmore.

Luther, Zachary Farmer Willingness to Plant Prairie Strips Into Crop Fields: Evidence from the Eastern Corn Belt. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Swinton. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2020

Pakpahan, Andya Social Capital and Income Inequality in Selected Latin American Countries. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Lindon Robison.

Stanfill, Jacob Consumer Preferences and Demand for Food Away from Home: A Menu-Based Choice Experiment Approach. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Vincenzina Caputo.

2019 

Ahn, Soojung The Relationship Between Market Information and Farm-Gate Prices Received by Small-Scale Farmers in the Magway Region of Myanmar. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Robert Myers.

Akinlembola, Adedamola  The Effect of Inorganic Fertilizer Use on the Adoption of Soil Fertility Management Practices - Evidence From Maize Farmers in Nigeria. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Saweda Liverpool-Tasie.

Bartle, Brian  The Effect of Quality Signaling on Willingness to Pay for Potato Planting Material: A Research Study in Kenya. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

Chase-Walsh, Sarah  Willingness to Pay for Processed Grains in Dakar Senegal: An Analysis Using Discrete Choice Experiments. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon, Vincenzina Caputo.

DeMuth, Benjamin  Why the Beef? A Public Choice Experiment on Meat Alternatives. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Trey Malone.

Gong, Xuche  Towards Understanding Crop Yield Systemic Risk and its Implication for Crop Insurance Choices. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Hongli Feng, David Hennessy.

Hunt, Paul Austin  Two Essays on the Economic Value of Elk Viewing in Michigan. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.

Lagoudakis, Angelos  Experimental Auctions Vs Real Choice Experiment: An Empirical Application on Consumer Valuation for Food Quality Attributes. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Vincenzina Caputo. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2019

Peters, Caroline  Testing for Household Separability in the Presence of Urbanization in Ethiopia: An Application of Spatial Autocorrelation Models. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Cynthia Donovan.

Win, Myat Thida  Assessing Farmers' Willingness to Pay for Quality Seeds Using Bidding Experiment Mechanism: Evidence from Myanmar. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

2018 

Cai, Tian  The Impact of Audio Phone Reminders on Kenya Farmers’ Knowledge and Uptake of Drought Tolerant (DT) Maize. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eduardo Nakasone.

Connors, Tanner  The Ruralization of Detroit: Implications for Economic Redevelopment. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mark Skidmore.

Dyar, William  Socioeconomic Determinants of Local Government Parks and Recreation Spending. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mark Skidmore.

Haile, Saliem  Off-Farm Income and Investments in Agricultural Inputs: Evidence from Nigeria. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Adesoji Adelaja.

Kornelis, Ari  Irrigation Water Demand: Price Elasticities and Climatic Determinants in the Great Lakes Region. Master's Thesis, 2018. Major Professor: Patricia Norris. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2018

Ochs, Daniel  Laying-Hen Housing Systems, Animal Welfare and Consumer Willingness-to-Pay for Egg Production Attributes. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf.

Olson, David  Do Changes in Maize Prices and Input Prices Affect Smallholder Farmers’ Soil Fertility Management Decisions? Panel Survey Evidence from Kenya. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Nicole Mason.

Posey, Sean Farmer Valuation of Seed Quality: A Comparative Analysis of Two Preference Elicitation Methods in Nicaragua. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

Tekesin, Cem  Estimating the Benefits of Reduced Carbon Dioxide Emissions: A Meta-Analysis of Willingness to Pay. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Hoehn.

Weldezghi, Trhas  The Practice of Integrating Legumes in the Cropping System: Evidence of Impact on Food Security and Nutritional Outcomes of Smallholder Farmers in Uganda. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

2017 

Dulys-Nusbaum, Elena  Timber Residue Supply for Bioenergy in the Northern Tier of the Great Lakes: Determinants and Availability. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2017

Klammer, Sarah To Chip or Not to Chip: Timber Residue Supply in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Opoku, Edward  Willingness to Pay for Quality Cowpea Seeds: Experimental Evidence from Northern Ghana. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

Root, Christopher  Testing the Local Enumerator Approach for Agricultural Data Collection. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

Sissoko, Manda  The Effects of Participation in Farmer Organizations on Production Efficiency: Evidence from Coarse Grain Farmers in Mali. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Veronique Theriault.

2016 

Bawa, Ranjit  Effects of Wildfire on the Value of Recreation in Southern California’s National Forests. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Cloe Garnache.

Bloem, Jeffrey R.  Measuring Hope: An Empirical Approach with Validation in Rural Myanmar. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Duncan Boughton.

Colella, Florencia Manon  Consumer Preferences for Retail Channel and Beef Steak Attributes: Experimental Evidence from Argentinean Consumers. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Ortega.

Collier, Erin  A Cross-Country Analysis of Fertilizer Use Profitability in Kenya, Zambia, and Malawi. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne, Roy Black.

Gough, Daniel Patrick  An Analysis of Technology Transfer at Land Grant Universities Within the North Central Region of the United States. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Loveridge.

Kakpo, Ange T.  Smallholder Horticulture in Mali: Patterns of Input Use. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Veronique Theriault.

Kim, Jongwoo  Fluid Milk Processors Market Power in Korean Dairy Industry an Application of the Autoregressive Distributed Lag Approach. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Dave Weatherspoon.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2016

Lim, Jungmin  Socio-Economic Determinants of Tornado Fatalities in the United States. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mark Skidmore.

Msanya, Emmanuel Balthazar  Farmers’ Perceptions of the Purposes and Challenges of Microfinance Credit: A Case Study of the Pride RFW Credit Program for Rice Production in Mvomero District, Tanzania. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Polzin, Leonard Lloyd  The Value of Accelerated Depreciation Use by Farmers: Evidence From Michigan. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf.

Smith, Alex  Feasibility Analysis of an AFEX Biomass Pre-Processing Depot in the Bay Mills Area of Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Satish Joshi.

Soliman, Adam  To What Water Price do Consumers Respond? A Study of Increasing Block Rates and Mandatory Water Restrictions. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Soren Anderson, Joseph Herriges.

2015 

Avetisyan, Tatevik  A Conceptual Model of Food Hub Performance. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Robert Ross.

Chen, Maolong  Emerging Markets for U.S. Pork in China. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Ortega.

Chitchumnong, Piyayut  Multiple Choices, Strategic Interactions, and Market Effects in Livestock Disease Risk Management. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Horan.

DeYoung, David John  Determinants of Sustainability of Community Seed Banks in Nicaragua: A Duration Analysis Approach. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

Gill, Joshua   Assessing Technical Efficiency of Wheat Farmers in Pakistan: A Comparison to Prior Productivity Analyses of Pakistani Agriculture. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Andrew Dillon.

Hu, Chaoran  Effects of Urban Proximity and Local Agricultural Performance on Nonfarm Employment by Rural Households in China. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon.

Klaiman, Kimberly  Consumer Preference for Packaging Materials: Willingness to Pay and Barriers to Recycling. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Cloe Garnache, David Ortega.

Levine, N. Kendra  Do Input Subsidies Crowd in or Crowd Out Other Soil Fertility Management Practices? Panel Survey Evidence from Zambia. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Nicole Mason.

Namonje, Thelma Sichone  Effects of Late Delivery of Fertilizer Under the Farmer Input Support Program on Technical Efficiency and Maize Production in Zambia. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.

Ofori, Roland Oduro  The Economic Cost of Fuel Price Subsidies in Ghana. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Soren Anderson.

Sanou, Awa  Technology Adoption When Risk Attitudes Matter: Evidence from Incentivized Field Experiments in Niger. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Saweda Liverpool-Tasie. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2015

Taylor, Traci   Determinants of Retiree Healthcare Benefit Underfunding: The Case of Local Governments in Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: David Schweikhardt.

Vroegindewey, Ryan  A Framework for Analyzing Coordination in Agricultural Value Chains: Evidence From Cereal Markets in Mali. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Veronique Theriault.

2014 

Braun, Carolyn  Benchmarking Farm Financial Performance: Stability and Management Implications. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf.

Cheng, Li  Social Learning and Irrigation Technology Adoption in Kansas Ogallala Aquifer: A Drift-Diffusion Approach. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Robert Shupp.

Hayden, Noel James  Landowner Willingness to  Supply Marginal Land for Bioenergy Production in Michigan. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Klatt, Jessica  Linked Participation-Site Choice Models of Recreational Fishing. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.

Leschewski, Andrea  Fast Food Restaurant Pricing Strategies in Michigan Food Deserts. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Dave Weatherspoon, Steven Miller.

Li, Haoyang  Farmers’ Switchgrass Adoption Decision Under Different Market Scenarios -- An Agent Based Modeling Approach. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Satish Joshi, Robert Ross.

Ofori, Patrick  Competitiveness of Ghana and Burkina Faso in the Supply of Tomatoes to Selected Markets in Ghana. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Qanti, Sara  Determinants of Mango Farmer Choices of Modern vs Traditional Market Channel and Farm Technology Intensification in Java Indonesia. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon.

Thiam, Mariam Sako  Agricultural Diversification in Mali: The Case of the Cotton Zone of Koutiala. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Turner, Eleanor  Determinants of Crop Diversification Among Mozambican Smallholders: Evidence from Household Panel Data. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eric Crawford, Cynthia Donovan. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2014

Van Poppelen, Paige  Third-Party Certification in the Food System: A Principal-Agent Approach to Signaling Product Attributes. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Schweikhardt.

Vila-Goulding, Jessica  An Analysis of the Impact of Regional Trade Agreements and Tariffs on Motor Vehicle Trade Flows: A Gravity Equation Approach. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Satish Joshi.

2013 

Banda, Dingiswayo  Impact of Staple Price Changes on Supply Response of Maize Production: An Analysis of Household Panel Data in Zambia. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.

Chantorn, Charapon  Why Do Livestock Farmers Participate in Voluntary Environmental Programs? An Empirical Study of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Satish Joshi.

Coulibaly, Jacob  Strengths and Weaknesses of Alternative Models of Linking Smallholders to Downstream Value Added Activities in Mali: A Literature Review. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Jin, Shan  The Relative Importance of Selfishness and Social Capital Motives in Explaining Recycling Behaviors. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Lindon Robison.

Lazarus, Brenda  A Study of Household Income Determinants and Income Inequality in the Tominian and Koutiala Zones of Mali. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Valerie Kelly.

Meyer, Jenny  Community Supported Agriculture: A Strategic Analysis of the Market and a Competency-based Strategic Plan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Hoehn.

Signorini, Guilherme  Economic Institutions of Electricity: An Application to the Brazilian Case. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: H Christopher Peterson.

Sprouse, Kathleen  Strategies for Building the Market Legitimacy of Entrepreneurial Wineries in a Nascent Wine Region. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Brent Ross.

Victor, Nathan  Chestnut Grower Inc.: A Case Study on the Importance of Social Capital in the Success of Entrepreneurial Ventures. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Brent Ross.

Wineman, Ayala  The Multidimensional Nature of Household Food Insecurity in Rural Zambia: A Panel Analysis. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eric Crawford. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2013

2012 

Al-Yasari, Ammar  Assessing an Online Entrepreneurship Course at Michigan State University. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Brent Ross.

Allen, James  Determinants of Land Allocation in a Multi-Crop Farming System: An Application of the Fractional Multinomial Logit Model to Agricultural Households in Mali. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Cairns, Jennifer  Does Selling Fruits or Vegetables Provide a Strategic Advantage to Selling Maize for Small-Holders in Mozambique? A Double-Hurdle Correlated Random Effects Approach to Evaluating Farmer Market Decisions. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Tschirley.

Fitzpatrick, Natalie  Repercussions of Fertilizer Subsidy Programs on Private Sector Input Retailers: Evidence from Malawi and Proposal for Further Research. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.

Ford, Rachel  Managing Great Lakes Water as a Common Pool Resource: Barriers to and Opportunities for Collective Action among Irrigators in Southwest Michigan. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Patricia Norris.

Lawson, Ty  Impact of School Feeding Programs on Educational, Nutritional, and Agricultural Development Goals: A Systematic Review of Literature. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

Lopes, Miguel  A Comparative Analysis of Strategic Management Practices in Michigan Agribusiness Firms: 1992 vs. 2012. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Brent Ross.

Lovgren, Adam  How Can Assistance Programs Create Value for Entrepreneurs? A Grounded Theory Case Study of the Michigan State University Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson.

Magen, Benjamin  An Ex Post Economic Impact Assessment of Bean/Cowpea Crsp’s Investment on Varietal Development in Senegal. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

McManus, Jacob  Grower Decision Support Tool for Conversion to a High-Efficiency Tart Cherry Orchard System. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf.

Peralta Sanchez, Alexandra  Food vs. Wood: Dynamic Choices for Kenyan Smallholders. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Richards, Peter  Exchange Rates, Soybean Supply Response, and Deforestation in South America. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Weicksel, Scott  Measuring Preferences for Changes in Water Quality at Great Lakes Beaches Using a Choice Experiment. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2012

Weir, Anne  Evaluating the Economic Feasibility of Environmentally Beneficial Agricultural Technologies with an Application to Perennial Grains. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

2011 

Adjao, Ramziath  Analysis of the Competitiveness of the Rice Subsector in Mali: The Case of Gravitational Irrigation and Bas-fonds Production Systems. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Akibode, Comlanvi Sitou  Trends in the Production, Trade, and Consumption of Food-Legume Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Mywish Maredia.

Allwardt, Jenifer  Carbon Credit Payment Options for Agroforestry Projects in Africa. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Diallo, Amadou  An Analysis of the Recent Evolution of Malis Maize Subsector. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Goeb, Joseph  Impacts of Government Maize Supports on Smallholder Cotton Production in Zambia. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Tschirley.

Gong, Binlei  The Performance of Renewable Portfolio Standards in the United States. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Jinhua Zhao.

Hodge, Timothy  The Effect of Ethanol Plants on Residential Property Values: Evidence from Michigan. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Mark Skidmore.

Reyes, Byron  Assessing the Socioeconomic Impact of Participatory Plant Breeding Of Beans in Two Regions of Honduras. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Sackett, Hillary  Consumer Perceptions of Sustainable Farming Practices: A Best-Worst Scenario. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Robert Shupp.

Sheahan, Megan  Analysis of Fertilizer Profitability and Use In Kenya. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2011

2010 

Akaeze, Henry  Consumer Preference for Imported Rice in Nigeria—Perceived Quality Differences or Habit Persistence?. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Robert Myers.

Angula, Martin  Determinants of Sustainable Coffee Marketing Channel Choice and Supply Response among Organic and UTZ Certified Smallholder Farmers: Evidence from Uganda. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Dave Weatherspoon.

Bailey, Eric  The Impact of the Common External Tariff on Jamaica’s Beef Sector. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Dave Weatherspoon.

Binkley, David  The Economics of Anaerobic Digestion under Different Utility Purchase Agreements. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Stephen Harsh.

Chen, Huilan  Ecosystem Services from Low Input Cropping Systems and the Public’s Willingness to Pay for Them. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.

Chen, Min  Does Economic Endogeneity of Site Facilities in Recreation Demand Models Lead to Statistical Endogeneity?. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.

Chen, Susan  Hedonic Valuation of Timber Stands in the Great Lakes Northern Forests. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.

Fernandez, Ana  Wildlife Conservation in Zambia Impact of Game Management Areas on Household Welfare. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Tschirley.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2010, AAEA Honorable Mention M.S. Thesis 

James, Laura  Theory and Identification of Marginal Land and Factors Determining Land Use Change. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Komarek, Timothy  Essays on the Economics of Environmental Management and Green Reputation. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Stephen Harsh.

Lewis, Karen  The Impact of Ethanol on Corn Market Relationships and Corn Price Basis Levels. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Glynn Tonsor.

Lopes, Helder  Adoption of Improved Maize and Common Bean Varieties in Mozambique. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Ma, Shan  Hedonic Valuation of Ecosystem Services Using Agricultural Land Prices. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Tsukamoto, Satoshi  Geographical Heterogeneity in Homeownership Rates: Does the Differential between Rent and Ownership Cost Explain Local Variation in Homeownership Rates?. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Loveridge.

2009 

Bowmar, Ross  Alternative Strategic Responses to Animal Welfare Advocacy: A Case Study of Merino Wool And Mulesing. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Hamish Gow.

Burke, William  Triple Hurdle Model of Smallholder Production and Market Participation in Kenyas Dairy Sector. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2009

Cambuta, Gomes  Strategy Options for Angola's Agricultural Sector after 27 Years of War: A Perception Based Field Study. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Dave Weatherspoon.

Chaffin, Ben  Crop Yield and Revenue Insurance: Choosing Between Policies That Trigger On Farm vs. County Indexes. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Roy Black.

Coleman, Marcus  Carbonated Soft Drink Demand: Are New Product Introduction Strategies a Viable Approach to Industry Longevity. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Dave Weatherspoon.

Diallo, Marthe  Analysis of the Constraints to the Development of a Domestic Improved Seed Potato Industry in Mali. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Hernandez, Ricardo  Supermarkets, Wholesalers and Tomato Growers in Guatemala. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon.

Hosmer, Cristin Popelier  The Success Of Agriculture In Michigan Counties: A Weak Test Of Sustainability. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Adesoji Adelaja.

Jolejole, Maria Christina  Trade-Offs, Incentives and the Supply of Ecosystem Services from Cropland. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2009

Kizito, Andrew  Estimating the Benefits from Improved Market Information. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Me-Nsope, Nathalie  Tart Cherry Yield and Economic Response to Alternative Planting Densities. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Roy Black.

Medrano, Anna Marie  Economics of Investment in Ethanol Production from Sweet Sorghum in the Philippines Including Risk Considerations. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Miller, Elizabeth  An Economic Comparison of Geothermal And Conventional Heating Systems for Greenhouse Operations. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: James Hilker.

Mwiinga, Mukwiti  An Assessment of Tomato Price Variability in Lusaka and its Effects on Smallholder Farmers. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Tschirley.

Nielson, Hunter  The Role of Cassava in Smallholder Maize Marketing in Zambia and Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Steven Haggblade.

Perakis, Sonja  Improving the Quality of Womens Gold in Mali, West Africa: The Case of Shea. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Taylor, Philip  Methods of Change and Financial Performance of Dairy Farms Before and After a Switch to Management Intensive Grazing. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf.

Tomo, Alda  Economic Impact Of Newcastle Disease Control In Village Chickens: A Case Study In Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Cynthia Donovan.

Yi, Dale  Essays on Regional Differences in Time Preferences and Attachment to Place. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Loveridge.

2008 

Branch, Marian  Interviews with Ground Water Experts in Twenty Regulated Riparian States: Selected Results. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Sandra Batie.

Corzine, Michelle  An Analysis of Import Tariff Escalation: A Case of Maize Trade between South Africa And Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Schweikhardt. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2008

Cunguara, Benedito  Pathways out of Poverty in Rural Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

de Villa, Laura  Assessing the Potentials of Marketing Fair Trade Beans of Central American Origin in the United States. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Gao, Lili  Regulating Trade with a Systems Approach: The Case of Chinese Fresh Apples. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Suzanne Thornsbury.

Gebben, David  Attribute Based Modeling of Recycling Preferences at Michigan State University. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Loveridge.

Mason, Nicole  A Test of the New Variant Famine Hypothesis: Panel Survey Evidence from Zambia. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.

Mukumbi, Kudzai  South Africa's Agriculture Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (Agribee) Policy: Implications from a Domestic Content Model. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Dave Weatherspoon.

Nagai, Tomokazu  Competitiveness of Cowpea-Based Processed Products: A Case Study in Ghana. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Olynk, Nicole  Economic Analyses of Reproduction Management Strategies and Technologies on U.S. Dairy Farms. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf.

Schulz, Lee  Cow-Calf Producer Preferences for Voluntary Traceability Systems and System Attributes. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Glynn Tonsor.

Sindi, Julius Kirimi  Kenya's Domestic Horticulture Subsector: What Drives Commercialization Decisions by Rural Households?. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Xie, Fang  Disease and Behavioral Dynamics for Brucellosis in Elk and Cattle in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Horan.

2007 

Bradshaw, Nicole  Patterns of Cost Allocation Strategies: A Look at Cooperative Fire Departments in the State of Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Loveridge.

Hadrich, Joleen  Incorporating Environmentally Compliant Excess Nutrient Disposal Costs into Least Cost Dairy Ration Formulation. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf.

Jamora, Nelissa  Assessing the Impact of the Bean/Cowpea CRSP Graduate Degree Training. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Jones, Crystal  Economically Optimal Distillers Grain Inclusion Rates in Beef Feedlot Rations. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Glynn Tonsor.

Mahnken, Curtis  Michigan Dairy Farm Efficiency And Profitability: 1995-2004. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf.

Mooney, Daniel  The Economic Impact of Disease-Resistant Bean Breeding Research in Northern Ecuador. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2007, AAEA Honorable Mention M.S. Thesis

Ortega-Pacheco, Daniel  Payment for Environmental Services in Eastern Costa Rican Watersheds: Institutions, Public Participation and Demand. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.

Wittenberg, Eric  Michigan's Dairy Profitability and Enterprise Accounting on Dairy Farms. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Stephen Harsh.

2006 

Aguilar, Cristóbal  Trade Analysis of Specific Agri-Food Commodities Using a Gravity Model. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Suzanne Thornsbury.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2006

Griswold, Nigel  The Impact of Tax-Foreclosed Properties and Land Bank Programs on Residential Housing Values in Flint, Michigan. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Patricia Norris.

Knoche, Scott  Travel Cost Models of Deer Hunting in Michigan. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.

Martin, Joseph  Municipal Consolidation: Theoretical Inquiry and Case Study - City of Iron River, MI. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Lynn Harvey.

McGlinchy, Megan  Identifying the Determinants and Characteristics of Mothers Income in Rural Mali. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Mghenyi, Elliot Wamboka  Welfare Effects of Maize Pricing Policy on Rural Households in Kenya. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.

Vollmer-Sanders, Carrie  Financial Costs and Environmental Outcomes of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Sandra Batie.

Wright, Christopher  The Impact of the Chesapeake Bay Program on Pennsylvania Application Rates for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Sandra Batie.

2005 

Abdula, Danila  Improving Maize Marketing and Trade Policies to Promote Household Food Security in Southern Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Tschirley.

Beedy, Tracy  The Evolution of Global Institutions Governing the Movement of Plant Genetic Resources. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Allan Schmid.

Cullen, Anne  The Determinants of Participation in Land Use-Related Education and Training: A Case Study of the State of Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Fenichel, Eli P.  Bioeconomic Models of Bovine Tuberculosis in Michigan Whitetailed Deer: An Analysis of Ecological Thresholds and Economic Tradeoffs in Wildlife Disease Management. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Horan.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2005

Gautam, Shriniwas  The Supply Chain for Asian Vegetable Retailers: A Case Study of Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson.

Gibson, Melissa  Stated Preference of Michigan Residents for Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Program Characteristics. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Frank Lupi.

Gopalakrishnan, Sathya  Collective Action in the Management of Common-Pool Resources: Is there an Alternative to the Rational Choice Model?. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Allan Schmid.

Hogberg, Michael  Changes in Cost Structure of Swine Producers in the United States after Implementation of a Ban on Subtherapeutic Antibiotic Growth Promotants. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Schweikhardt.

Lasco, Marie-Christine  Dynamics of Agricultural Wages and Rice Prices in the Philippines. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Light, Sarah Kaye  Use of Indices in Modeling Child Nutritional Status in Mali. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Moholwa, Motlatjo BTesting for Weak-Form Efficiency in South African Futures Markets for White and Yellow Maize. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Robert Myers.

Pejuan, Wolfgang  Constraints To and Opportunities For Developing a Bean Seed Production and Marketing System in Honduras. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Puente- Asquet, Jaime Gustavo  An Analysis Of Trends In The U.S. Common Bean Industry With Implications For International Trade. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Sanchez, Valeria  The Determinants of Rural Non-Farm Employment and Incomes in Bolivia. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Schrecongost, Alyse  Irrigation Costs and Prices: An Institutional Economic Analysis of Pricing Strategies in the Office Du Niger and Small Pump-Irrigated Village Perimeters in Mali. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Wright, Robert Thomson  Technological Leapfrogging As A Source Of Competitive Advantage in the American and Polish Tart Cherry Industries. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Suzanne Thornsbury.

Zamora, Miguel Antonio  A Rapid Appraisal Assessment of Markets for Dry Beans of Central American Origin in U.S. Ethnic Communities. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

2004 

Chomba, Geoffrey  Factors Affecting Smallholder Farmers’ Adoption of Soil and Water Conservation Practices in Zambia. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Cynthia Donovan.

Flores-Navas, Luis Geovanny  Small Lettuce Farmers Access to Dynamic Markets in Guatemala. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon.

Foley, Brian P.  The Effects of Residential Minimum Lot Size Zoning on Land Development: the Case of Oakland County, Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Horan.

Labarta-Chávarri, Ricardo Antonio  Charcoal Production and Agricultural Expansion into the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest: A Household Economic Analysis. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Mazuze, Feliciano M.  Analysis Of Adoption And Production Of Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotatoes: The Case Study Of Gaza Province In Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Mugera, Amin W.  Managing Human Resources on Six Dairy Farms in Michigan: A Resource-Based Perspective. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Vera Bitsch.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2004

Pitoro, Raul Oscar  Assessing the Potential Economic Benefits of Transgenic Cotton in Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Tschirley.

Sakamoto, Osamu  The Financial Feasibility Analysis of Municipal Solid Waste to Ethanol Conversion. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Satish Joshi.

Xu, Zhiying  What Can We Infer About Farm-Level Crop Yield PDF's From County-Level PDF's?. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Roy Black.

2003 

Arellano-Vaca, Juan Francisco  Equity Schemes in South Africa: Benefits Delivered to Farm Workers as Function of Commercial Farmers Strategy. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Dave Weatherspoon.

Awuor, Thomas  Competitiveness of Maize from Western Kenya and Eastern Uganda in Kisumu Town of Kenya. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.

Balsevich, Fernando  Paraguayan Supermarket Development and its Implications for the Produce Industry. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon.

Jones, Kraig  An Evaluation Of Food Commodity Procurement Strategies: Insights From Case Studies. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Judith Whipple.

Li, Shanjun  Evaluation of the Potential Risk Reduction Provided by the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) Insurance Program-Empirical Methods and a Case Study. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Roy Black. 

Liu, Yanyan  Profitability of Site-Specific Nitrogen Recommendations for Michigan Corn. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2003

Mahileswaran, Ramana Barathy  Comparative Economics of Crop Rotation Systems with Corn, Soybean and Wheat: Is Wheat Competitive?. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Roy Black. 

Makombe, Tsitsi  Evaluation of Economic Benefits and Impacts of the Proposed Removal of the Marion Dam in Osceola County Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Eileen van Ravenswaay.

Martinez, Lourdes Raquel  An Integrated Assessment of the Dry Bean Subsector in Central America. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Mugabo, Josaphat R.  Farm-Level Incentives For Fertilizer Use In Rwanda's Kigali Rural Province: A Financial Analysis. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Murekezi, Abdoul Karim  Profitability Analysis and Strategic Planning Of Coffee Processing and Marketing In Rwanda: A Case Study Of A Coffee Growers Association. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Ndibongo-Traub, Lulama Nosantso  The Effect of Market Liberalization on Maize Milling/Retail Margins in South Africa. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.

Nizalov, Denys  A Quantitative Assessment of Factors Contributing to the Economic Growth of Michigan Regions. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Loveridge.

Penaherrera, Juan Gonzalo  Assessment of Collective Action in Agricultural Marketing: Case Study of Dairy Farmers in Cayambe, Ecuador. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson.

Ramirez, Miguel Angel  An Economic Analysis of the Mexican Dairy Sector and Prospects for U.S. Dairy Exports. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf.

Randrianarisoa, Pierre Jean Claude  The Effects of Land Quality and Natural Shocks on Land and Labor Productivity on Rice in Madagascar Highland. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Steiner, Paul Hans  Compensating for Wetland Loss:  A Case Study of Michigan Riparian Wetlands. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Hoehn.

Thrush, Alan J.  History, Organization and Strategies for Grain Producers and the Grain Industry in Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson.

Vista, Arvin Bueno  Cost Effectiveness of Nutrient Pollution Reduction in Taal Lake, Philippines. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Patricia Norris.

Warolin, Benjamin  The Economics of Aquatic Nuisance Species Prevention in the Great Lakes. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Horan.

2002 

Irwin, Bronwyn L.  Small-Scale Previously Disadvantaged Producers in the South African Organic Market: Adoption Model and Institutional Approach. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon.

Knepper, Eric Teague  Factors Affecting the Use of Fertilizer by Small and Medium-Sized Farming Households in Zambia, 1997-2000. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.

Manojkumar, Meera  Strategic Positioning of the Michigan Vegetable Industry. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson. 

Mather, David Len  Economic Assessment of Bean Research in the Dominican Republic. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2002

Risch, Corey Catherine  Evaluating Reproductive Management Changes in a Dairy Herd. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf. 

Rutherford, John D., Jr.  Analysis of the Management Decision to Purchase Feedstuffs on Michigan Dairy Farms. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Stephen Harsh. 

Tshering, Chhime  Profitability Analysis of Bean Production in Honduras. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

2001 

Arlindo, Pedro  Forecasting Agricultural Prices in an Underdeveloped Open Economy: The Case of Maize in Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Tschirley.

Cormier, Kelley E.  Farm Restructuring in Kazakhstan: An Institutional Economics Approach. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Allan Schmid.

Damon, Amy L.  Attachment Value and Farmland Prices: An Empirical Investigation. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Lindon Robison.

Estrada-Valle, Juan Manuel  A Sub Sector Overview of the Guatemalan Bean Industry: Constraints and Opportunities for Vertical Coordination and Sustainable Growth. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Fan, Rui  Deriving Implied Distributions From Commodity Option Prices: An Application to Soybean, Corn and Wheat Using Mixture of Lognormals. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Steven Hanson.

Hadley, Gregg Lewis  The Managerial, Production and Financial Implications of Dairy Farm Expansion in Michigan and Wisconsin. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Stephen Harsh. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 2001

Katjiuongua, Hikuepi B.  Contract Farming Schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa: Key Ingredients for Success and Viability. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Konare, Kadidia  Challenges to Agriculture Financing in Mali. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

McNeil, Melody Rebekah  The Impact of Adult Death on Rural Smallholders in Kenya: Implications for HIV/AIDS. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Jayne.

Nyambane, Gerald G.  Factors Influencing Relative Profitability of Alternative Crops in Kenya: Implications for Maize Policy. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Owens, Janet M.  Gender-Differentiated Household Resource Allocation- Empirical Evidence in Senegal. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Lester Manderscheid.

Satyal, Vijayanand H.  Environmental and Economic Impacts of Manure Management Strategies for Representative Michigan Dairy Farmers. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Sandra Batie.

Shields, William Harr  A Subsector Analysis of the Improved Bean Market in Haiti. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Utami, Lisna  Assessing the Economic Benefits of Cleaning Up Contaminated Sediments. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Hoehn.

Zhang, Chun  Global Market Strategy in the Confectionery Industry: The Case of Hershey Foods Corporation. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson.

2000 

Banderob, Duane Alan  Marketing Agencies-in-Common in the Michigan Milk Market: A Study of the Producers' Equalization Committee, 1980-1998. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Wolf. Department 2000 Best M.S. Thesis

Burrows, Spencer A.  Impact Analysis of Sara Lee's Corporate Restructuring on Michigan's Turkey Industry and Southwest Michigan's Local Economy. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Laura Cheney.

Duprey, Steven B.  Solid Waste Collection: Institutional Analysis and Case Study - Delhi Charter Township, MI. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Lynn Harvey.

Liboreiro, Ernesto Santiago  A Linear Rational Expectations Model Of The U.S. Soybean Oil Market. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Robert Myers.

Mainville, Denise Y.  Relief and Development: Bean Seed Markets in Honduras After Hurricane Mitch. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon.

Rowley, Curtis B.  Evolving Strategic Directions of the Tart Cherry Industry. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Donald Ricks.

Russo, Carlo  Italian Agricultural Cooperatives in the Evolving Food System. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Dave Weatherspoon.

Singh, Meenu  An Analysis of Common-Pool-Resource in an Institutional Economics Framework: Evidence from Tank Irrigation and Group-Owned Wells in South India. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Allan Schmid.

Williams, Mollie B.  Methodology of an IPM Impact Assessment: Development and Application of a Protocol in Michigan Tart Cherries. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Zhuang, Min  Forecasting Corn Basis and Cash Price Distributions. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Steven Hanson.

1999 

Ishikawa, Yuki  The Profitability Analysis of Bean Production in Nicaragua. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Makubate, Loeto Rabethu  Strategic Planning for Agricultural Industries: A Case Study of Industrial Situational Analysis of the Michigan U.S. Tart Cherry Industry. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Donald Ricks.

Penders, Christopher L.  Examining the Links Between Agriculture and Child Malnutrition in Mali. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1999

Quinones, Alexander Rafael  An Analysis of the Conditional Land Transfer Program as a Policy Tool for Economic Development in Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Lynn Harvey.

Schaefer, Matthew P.  Forecasting Accuracy, Rational Expectations, and Marketing Efficiency in the U.S. Beef Cattle Industry. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Robert Myers.

Troyer, Max  Strategic Analysis and Plan for Ralph Sechler & Son, Inc.. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson.

Zhang, Fang  U.S. Ready-to-Eat Breakfast Cereals' Expansion in China. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson.

1998 

Asuming-Brempong, Samuel  Ghana: Exchange Rate Reforms and the Real Exchange Rate. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Benfica, Rui  Analysis of the Contribution of Micro and Small Enterprises to Rural Household Income in Central and Northern Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Charitonenko, Stephanie  Facilitating the Achievement of  Financial Self-Sustainability in Rural Microfinance for Effective Outreach: Design and Measurement Issues. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Cisse, Youssout  The Impact of the Fertilizer Sub-Sector Reform Program on the Demand for Fertilizer in "Office du Niger", Mali. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Cissé, Youssouf  The Impact of the Fertilizer Sub-Sector Reform Program on the Demand for Fertilizer in "Office du Niger," Mali. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Dartt, Barbara A.  A Comparison of Management-Intensive Grazing and Conventionally Managed Michigan Dairies: Profitability, Economic Efficiencies, Quality of Life, and Management Priorities. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: James Lloyd.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1998

de Marrule, Higino Francisco  Land-Poor in a "Land Abundant" Setting: Unraveling a Paradox in Mozambique. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Jeffers, Andrea Christine  Consumer Market Research on Michigan Apples: Consumer Preferences From Visual Tests, Taste Tests and Focus Group Discussions. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Donald Ricks.

Martin, Christine A.  Supply Response in Argentina: Aggregate Planted Area in Crop Production. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson.

1997 

Dibley, David Leland  Exchange Rate Arrangements in the CFA Franc Zone: Alternatives to Fixed Parity. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Kambewa, Patrick Sawasawa  The Bean Subsector in Malawi: Historical Developments, Current Status and Policy Issues. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Ozair, Adnan Nayyar  Property Rights and Institutional Objectives of the Household Responsibility System in China: Implications for Agricultural Investment. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Allan Schmid. 

Rozanski, Susan G.  Econometric Estimation of Tart Cherry Supply Response to Loss of Pesticide Alternatives. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Walker, William D.  The Evolution of Legal Institutions Without Efficiency:  The Case of Zoning. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Allan Schmid.

Wysocki, Allen Francis  Strategic Analysis, Proposed Strategic Plan, and Recommendations for Michigan Public Variety Field Seed and Seed Potato Producers. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Stephen Harsh. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1997

1996 

Adhikari, Bishwa Bhakta  Potential of Canola in Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: James Hilker.

Beggs, Jane Louise  Consumer Preferences for Fresh Market Apples. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Donald Ricks.

Cappalla, Rocco V.  A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing California Water Allocation: Analysis of California Water Systems Under Drought Conditions. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon.

Day, Esther  The Distributional Impacts on Michigan Counties of Alternative Targeted Federal Green Support Programs. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: David Schweikhardt.

Lerner, Sharon Jennifer  Determinants of Microenterprise Income: Focus on a Low Income Community in a High Income Country. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Donald Mead. 

Lynam, Timothy J.P.  Anchored Scoring and Contingent Valuation: Estimating the Value of Multipurpose Tree Resources in Zimbabwean Communal Areas. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Makepe, Patricia M.  The Implications of the Uruguay Round of GATT Negotiations for Botswana's Beef Exports. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: David Schweikhardt. 

Paterson, Brian J.  Landlords and Tenants' Contract Preferences for Leasing Farmland in the North Central United States. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Lindon Robison.

Roberts, Wayne Stuart  Examining Tradeoffs Between the Economic and Environmental Costs of Increased Cropping Diversity. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton. Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1996

Scorsone, Eric Anthony  Evaluating Alternative Plum Curculio Control Strategies Using a Bioeconomic Simulation Approach. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Stephen Harsh.

1995 

Acosta, Monica  A Methodological Approach for Assessing the Impacts of Macropolicies on Rural Households in Ecuador. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Harold Riley.

Byiringiro, Fidele Usabuwera  Determinants of Farm Productivity and the Size-Productivity Relationship Under Land Constraints: The Case of Rwanda. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1995

Chen, Jin  An Empirical Test of Competitiveness Among Major Rice Exporting Countries. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: David Schweikhardt.

Decker, Bill D.  A Review of the Psychological Literature on Risk Perception in Terms of Chance, Harm, and Context. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Eileen van Ravenswaay.

Farrelly, Laura Leann  Transforming Poultry Production and Marketing in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned with Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Machethe, Charles Lepepeule  Approaches to Rural Development in the Third World: Lessons for South Africa. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Carl Eicher.

Marquez-Cuyno, Leah Concepcion  Targeting Areas as a Cost-Effective Method of Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Control. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Sandra Batie.

Miklavcic, Pamela Riley  Determinants of Farm Household Participation in Rwanda's Banana Wine Subsector. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Reardon. 

Phagan, Tiffany D.  Estimating the Opportunity Cost of Time When Labor Supply Decisions are Institutionally Constrained. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Hoehn.

Struyk, Steven Michael  The International Market Selection Process of Small and Medium-Sized Agri-Food Firms. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson. 

Yacoub, Abdelwahid M.  Institutional Constraints Affecting Cereals Marketing in Chad. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Yen, Yi-Yu  A Method to Estimate Pesticide Used in Agriculture and Groundwater Impact Potential in Michigan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Roy Black.

1994 

Chu, Mei-Chin  Deposit Refund Systems: Economic Incentives for the Reductions and Proper Disposal of Hazardous Waste. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Sandra Batie.

Diarra, Salifou Bakary  The Role of Small Rice Mills in the Rice Subsector of the Office of Du Niger, Mali. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Dimithe, Georges  Ex-Post Rate of Return on Maize Research & Extension in Northern Cameroon. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Foster, Jason Wayne  Agribusiness Marketing Centers: A Description of Their Format and Their Activities. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Ferris.

Kupfuma, Bernard R.  The Payoffs to Hybrid Maize Research and Extension in Zimbabwe: An Economic and Institutional Analysis. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1994

McVeigh, Paul  The Financial Sustainability of Water Supply and Sanitation Services: A Framework for Analysis. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Hoehn.

Ninnin, Veronique  Methodological Issues Concerning Vertical Coordination Within the Subsector Framework: Insights from some French and American Experiences. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: John Staatz.

1993 

Bontekoe, Pamela A  Changing Agricultural Private Property Rights. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Larry Hamm.

Clark, David Slauf  Governmental Programs and Their Effect on the Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Production Practices: With Special Emphasis on Nitrogen Utilization. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.

Indra, Maruli  Plantation Evaluation in Indonesia: A Classification Template and Analysis of Profitability. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Kampmann, Katherine  Risk Analysis of Subirrigation Investment Decisions in the Saginaw Bay Area of Michigan. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Scott Swinton.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1993, AAEA Honorable Mention M.S. Thesis

Meek, Kimberly R.  The Effects of Multiple Component Pricing on Producers and Handlers in the Federal Order No. 4 Marketing Area. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Larry Hamm.

Ndiaye, Ousmane  Micro-Level Small Ruminant Transaction Analysis and Livestock Policy in Senegal. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Schulz, Mary Allison  Economic Assessment of Cowpea Grain Storage Technologies: A Case Study of North Cameroon. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Sibisi, Magare Luther  African Capacity Building Experience, 1950's-1990's: Lessons for South Africa. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Carl Eicher.

Soependi, Ida Yunia  Indonesian Natural Rubber: An Econometric Analysis of Its Export Supply and Foreign Import Demand. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Sterns, James Arthur  Ex Post Assessment of Investments in Cameroon's Cowpea and Sorghum Research-Extension Systems. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Christopher Peterson.

Taylor, Gary Lee The Economic Conversion in Poland. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: James Bonnen.

Zewde, Almaz  World Bank Project Appraisal and An Emergent Development Perspective: The Iterative/Participatory Approach. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Glenn Johnson.

1992 

Aldridge, Kimberly M.  A Framework for Analyzing Alternative Institutional Arrangements for the Cereals Market Information System in Mali. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Bryant, Elizabeth  A Review of Recent Changes in Mexican Agricultural Policy: Implications for Small Scale Bean Production. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Carl Eicher.

Cummings, Laurie Angela  Farm Family Transition to Off-Farm Employment: A Comparison of Households in Three Stages of Transition. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Collette Moser.

Dengo, Maria Nita Cau  Household Expenditure Behavior and Consumption Growth Linkages in Rural Nampula Province, Mozambique. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Gabre-Madhin, Eleni Zaude  Transfer Costs of Cereals Marketing in Mali. Implications for Mali's Regional Trade in West Africa. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.

Hady, Patrick J.  Economic Evaluation of Dairy Reproductive Health Indicators Based on Active Breeding Group Analysis. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: James Lloyd.

Howes, Teresa Jean  An Evaluation of the Impact of Training: A Case Study of the Malawian and Tanzanian Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Programs. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Lester Manderscheid.

Irwin, Tracy  Methodology for Economic and Environmental Assessment of Cropping Systems: A Michigan Case Study. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Luanne Lohr. 

Mendez-Herasme, Wagner Alexi  An Analysis of the Performance of the Sugar Cane Industry in the Dominican Republic. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Lindon Robison.

Nakaponda, Bethel  Food Security in Zambia: An Econometric Analysis of the Maize Market. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Ngirumwami, Jean Leonard  Analysis of Food Crop Production and Marketing Trends in Rwanda with Emphasis on Dry Beans. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Oniki, Shunji  Philippine Coconut Industry and the International Trade. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Wohl, Jennifer Bard  A Regional Analysis of the Effects of Food Subsidy Policies on Household Consumption Patterns in Morocco. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: John Staatz.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1992

1991 

Aling, James N.  Institutional Reform in the Commercial Agricultural Sector of South Africa: An Institutional Review of Past and Present Structures, and an Assessment of Issues and Options for Private Based Reform Initiatives. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: James Shaffer.

Cely, Patricia  U.S. Hazelnut Market Trends and Perspectives for a Michigan Hazelnut Industry. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Darling, Dale G.  A Financial Analysis of Michigan Prototype Dairy Farms for 1995. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Larry Connor.

DeVuyst, Eric Allen  An Economic Comparison of Narrow Row Cropping Systems and Conventional Row Cropping Systems in Michigan's Thumb and Saginaw Valley. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Steven Hanson.

Garsow, James Donald  A Managerial Perspective of the Likely Economic Benefits and Costs of Environmental Regulations to the Michigan Dairy Industry. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Larry Connor.

Jacque, Andrew Eliel  Forecasting Agricultural Commodity Prices with Limited Data Sets. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: James Hilker.

Maamun, Muhamad Yusuf  Financial Analysis of Tractor Purchase Decision in South Sulawesi, Indonesia: A Computer Spreadsheet Template. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Robert Stevens.

Mazzucato, Valentina  Non-Research Policy Effects on the Rate of Return to Maize Research in Kenya: 1955-1988. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: James Bonnen.

Norgaard, Kurt J.  A Study of the Livestock Manure Issue as It Relates to the Michigan Swine Industry. Plan B Paper.

O'Connor, Leslie Carole  Livestock Development and Natural Resources Use: A Case Study of Botswana. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Carl Eicher.

Qat, Yousef M.  Marketing Information System for Fruits and Vegetables in Jordan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Rittgers, Chris  A Review and Analysis of the Export Enhancement Program. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Sakurai, Takeshi  Institutional Differences in Intellectual Property Rights and Their Consequences on Research and Development of Plant Biotechnology Between the U.S.A. and Japan. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Allan Schmid.

Schwartz, Lisa A.  Extension in Africa: An Institutional Analysis. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Carl Eicher.

Sullins, Martha Jane  An Assessment of Selected Land Redistribution Programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa and Implications for the Analysis of Land Resettlement in Zimbabwe. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Valdivia, Fernando Crespo  An Analysis of Land Distribution and Concentration in Bolivia. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Lindon Robison.

Vargas- Morales, Pablo Elias  Managing Price Risks in the Coffee Sector of Costa Rica Via Futures Trading Strategies. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Robert Myers.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1991

Veaux, Jean-Louis  The French Dairy Market Impact of Dairy Quotas and Cessation Schemes. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Vernon Sorenson.

Wachenheim, Cheryl Joy  The Economic Viability of Intensive Stocker Cattle Grazing Systems. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Roy Black.

Wadsworth, Frank Howard  An Exploratory Study of the Marketing Processes of Consumer Food Product Marketers. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Pierson.

Winchester, Lucy J.  The Political Economy of Rural Emergency Medical Services: A Case Study and Analytical Framework. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Allan Schmid.

Xiao, Jingyue  A Food Security Study in Mali: Toward Harmonized Food Policy for Rural Farm Households. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Stephen Harsh.

1990 

Abeles-Allison, Mark  An Analysis of Local Benefits and Costs Associated with Hog Operations in Michigan. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Darrell Fienup.

Brown, Margaret Irene  The Feasibility of Transferring an Animal Health Monitoring System from the United States to Honduras. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: James Lloyd.

Bump, Joanne K.  Sales Tax on Services: A Michigan Perspective. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Lynn Harvey.

Chuzu, Pia M.  Technology Options and Constraints to Improved Food Security: A Comparison Between Maize and Sorghum in the Sorghum-Based Cultivation System of North Western Province, Zambia. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Diagne, Aliou  A Probabilistic Choice Model for Analyzing the Demand for Dood in Senegal. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.  Outstanding Master's Thesis of 1990

Guyton, William P.  Consumer Response to Risk Information: A Case Study of the Impact of the Alar Scare on New York City Fresh Apple Demand. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eileen van Ravenswaay.

Hinman, Donald Lee  Economics and Market Feasibility of Packaging Michigan Potatoes in Institutional Size Retort Pouches. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Thomas Pierson.

Jere, Odinga  Evaluation of Smallholder Agricultural Technology in Malawi. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Eric Crawford.

Karanja, Daniel David  The Rate of Return to Maize Research in Kenya, 1955-1988. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Carl Eicher.

Mykrantz, John Larrabee  Potential Sources of Strategic Advantage for Michigan Dairy Farmers: An Analysis of Managerial Practices and Demographic Characteristics from the 1987 Michigan State University Survey of Michigan Dairy Farmers. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Larry Hamm.

Ndarusigiye, Mevin  Analysis of Dry Bean Price Behavior in Burundi. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten.

Peltola, Asko Antero  Changing Forces Affecting Rural Communities in the 1980's and Policies to Help Deal with Those Forces. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: James Bonnen.

Procopio, Mary Elizabeth  Marketing Responses to Changing Consumer Preferences in the Fresh Beef Industry. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Thomas Pierson.

Rwamasirabo, Serge  Goat Production in Rwanda: Assessing the Potential for Future Development. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Shephard, Thomas M.  Implications of Soybean Producer Perceptions for Public Variety Development and Distribution Policy. Master's Thesis. Major Professor: Allan Schmid.

Siegle, Joseph Thomas  Botswana's Approach to Drought: How Disaster Relief Can Be Developmental. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: James Bonnen.

Sumagaysay, Anne S.  An Analysis of Cropping Systems Technology: The Case of the Regional Integrated Agricultural Research System, Western Visayas, Philippines. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Richard Bernsten. 

Tefft, James F.  An Analytical Review and Synthesis of Preferred Research Methods in the MSU Food Security Project. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Michael Weber.

Zvinavashe, Augustin P.  The Impact of Exchange Rate Policy on Agriculture in Southern Africa: A Conceptual Framework. Plan B Paper. Major Professor: Stanley Thompson.