Lindon J. Robison

Lindon J. Robison

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Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics



Ph.D., Texas A & M University
M.S., University of Illinois
B.S., Utah State University

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Dr. Lindon J. Robison was a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AFRE) in the tenure stream at Michigan State University from 1977 to 2021.  He holds a B.S. degree from Utah State University, an M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University.  He has published numerous books and articles, including the text for the department’s capstone Agri-business management course 435 which he also teaches.  He also taught AFRE graduate courses in calculus for economists, mathematical statistics, and mathematical programming.  He has consulted for governments, firms, and international organizations such as the World Bank, particularly in Latin America. He has worked for the US Government as an agricultural economist, has been a visiting faculty member at Brigham Young University, the University of Minnesota, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala Sweden.  He has won many academic awards including Best Ph.D. thesis for his work on risk and portfolio management of rural banks and in 2012 was made a fellow of the Institutional and Behavioral Economics section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). His most frequently cited works include The Competitive Firm’s Response to Risk which he authored with Peter J. Barry and “Is Social Capital Really Capital?” which he authored with Allan A. Schmid and Marcelo E. Siles.  His pioneering research focuses on the role of social capital (relationships of caring, trust, and regard) on establishing the terms and level of trade—that has been applied to minimum sell land and car prices, the likelihood of loan approval, and medical screen decisions.  His most recent publications describe social capital motives and distinguish between relational goods and commodities.

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Teaching Experience

  • AEC 802: Mathematical Statistics for Economists 
  • AEC 853: Financial Management in Agriculture