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Jeremy D. Foltz

Dept. of Ag. & Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Madison, WI 53706
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Institutional Affiliation: University of Wisconsin--Madison

NBER Working Papers and Publications

September 2019Academic Engagement, Commercialization, and Scholarship: Empirical Evidence from Agricultural and Life Scientists at US Land Grant Universities
with Bradford Barham, Ana Paula Melo
in Economics of Research and Innovation in Agriculture, Petra Moser, editor
This article examines the involvement of agricultural and life science faculty at U.S. land grant universities in two types of university-industry relations (academic engagement, academic commercialization) and traditional academic scholarship. It exploits large-scale, random sample cross-section surveys in 2005 and 2015 to fill a knowledge gap regarding the prevalence, coincidence, intensity, importance and factors shaping faculty involvement in university-industry relations (UIR). Academic engagement, which includes sponsored research, industry collaborations, and presentations, is far more prevalent and important than is academic commercialization, which includes patenting, licensing, and start-ups. Academic engagement generates 15–20 times the research funds than academic commercializa...
May 2014The Sahel's Silent Maize Revolution: Analyzing Maize Productivity in Mali at the Farm Level
with Ursula Aldana, Paul Laris
in African Successes, Volume IV: Sustainable Growth, Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil, editors
Since independence a quiet revolution has taken place in maize production in the Sahel with Mali increasing production more than ten-fold and yields going up ~2% a year. This research work uses farm level panel data from southern Mali’s maize growing regions to demonstrate this success in agricultural production and technological change. We analyze the determinants of production to unpack increases in input use from technological change. The estimations show that farmer adoption of increased fertilizer use has driven much of the productivity growth rather than the adoption of improvements in seeds and management. Additionally, we find strong evidence of observed and unobserved heterogeneity, which affects both the choice of fertilizer amounts and the marginal returns to fertilizer use. ...
February 2012The Sahel's Silent Maize Revolution: Analyzing Maize Productivity in Mali at the Farm-level
with Ursula T. Aldana, Paul Laris: w17801
Since independence a quiet revolution has taken place in maize production in the Sahel with Mali increasing production more than ten-fold and yields going up ~2% a year. This research work uses farm level panel data from southern Mali's maize growing regions to demonstrate this success in agricultural production and technological change. We analyze the determinants of production to unpack increases in input use from technological change. The estimations show that farmer adoption of increased fertilizer use has driven much of the productivity growth rather than the adoption of improvements in seeds and management. Additionally, we find strong evidence of observed and unobserved heterogeneity, which affects both the choice of fertilizer amounts and the marginal returns to fertilizer use. ...
 
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