David A. Hennessy

David A. Hennessy

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Professor and Elton R. Smith Chair in Food and Agricultural Policy
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics



Ph.D., Iowa State University
M.Agric.Sc., University College Dublin
B.Agric.Sc., University College Dublin

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David A. Hennessy was the Elton R. Smith Professor of Food and Agricultural Policy at Michigan State University from 2015 to 2021. His research, teaching and outreach interests concern production agriculture and its interfaces with finance and risk management, industry organization, food safety and food quality, and the environment. His programs emphasizing the integration of microeconomic theory with empirics. Learn more about Dr. Hennessy's work through the Elton R. Smith Professor on the chair website.

Hennessy previously served on faculty at Washington State University and at Iowa State University. He received his Bachelor and Master of Agricultural Science degrees from University College, Dublin and his PhD in Economics from Iowa State University. Hennessy has published widely in professional journals. Service to the profession has included a term as associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and as editorial council member for the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and consultant to the FAO. Named a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in 2010, he was co-editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics for volumes 93-96 (2011-2014). 

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Animal health management
  • Cropping systems and technology adoption
  • On-farm determinants of food safety and food quality
  • Land use and the environment
  • Applied microeconomic theory
  • Behavioral economics in agriculture
  • Risk management and information inputs in agriculture