David Abler, Ph.D.

  • Associate Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
  • Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics and Demography
  • Agribusiness Management Program Coordinator
David Abler, Ph.D.
207-B Armsby
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-8630


  1. Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago, 1987


Research Interests

My research interests include international food and agricultural trade and trade policy, international economic development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. My country expertise includes work in China, Costa Rica, France, India, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela. I am the J. Lossing Buck Visiting Professor at Nanjing Agricultural University in China. 

Current/Recent Courses

  • AEREC 550: International Economic Development and Agriculture
  • AG EC 450: International Development, Renewable Resources, and the Environment
  • AG BM 338: Agribusiness in the Global Economy

Recent Selected Publications

Yu, X. and D. Abler. 2010. Interactions Between Cigarette and Alcohol Consumption in Rural China. European Journal of Health Economics 11:151‐160.

Yu, X. and D. Abler. 2010. Incorporating Zero and Missing Responses into CVM with Openended Bidding: Willingness to Pay for Blue Skies in Beijing. Environment and Development Economics 15:535‐556.

Fleming, D.A., Abler, D.G., and Goetz, S.J. 2010. Agricultural Trade and Poverty in Chile: A Spatial Analysis of Product Tradability. Agricultural Economics 41:545‐553.

Abler, D. 2010. Demand Growth in Developing Countries. TAD/CA/APM/CFS/MD(2010)9. OECD, Paris.

Abler, D. 2010. Supply and Demand Elasticities for the Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, and China Modules of AGLINK. OECD, Paris.

Yu, X., and D.G. Abler. 2009. “The Demand for Food Quality in Rural China.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91:57-69.

Abler, D., J.C. Beghin, D. Blandford, and A. Elobeid. 2008. “Changing the U.S. Sugar Program into a Standard Crop Program: Consequences under NAFTA and Doha.” Review of Agricultural Economics 30:82-102.

Celikkol, B., and D.G. Abler. 2008. “Environmental Policy with Endogenous Technology from a Game Theoretic Perspective: The Case of the US Pulp and Paper Industry.” Environmental and Resource Economics 40:424-444.

Abler, D.. 2007. “Approaches to Measuring the Effects of Trade Agreements.” Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development 3:155-171.

Abler, D.G., and V.A. Sukhatme. 2006. “The ‘Efficient But Poor’ Hypothesis.” Review of Agricultural Economics 28:338-343.

Abler, D., and D. Blandford. 2006. “A Review of Empirical Studies of the Acreage and Production Response to US Production Flexibility Contract Payments under the Fair Act and Related Payments under Supplementary Legislation.” OECD Economic Papers 5:259-290.

Abler, D., J. Shortle, J. Carmichael, and R. Horan. 2002. “Climate Change, Agriculture, and Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay Region.” Climatic Change 55:339-359.

Reilly, J., J. Hrubovcak, J. Graham, D. Abler, R. Darwin, S. Hollinger, C. Izaurralde, S. Jagtap, J. Jones, J. Kimble, B. McCarl, L. Mearns, D. Ojima, E. A. Paul, K. Paustian, S. Riha, N. Rosenberg, C. Rosenzweig, and F. Tubiello. 2002. Agriculture: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the United States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Abler, D., J. Shortle, A. Rose, and G. Oladosu. 2000. “Characterizing Regional Economic Impacts and Responses to Climate Change.” Global and Planetary Change 25:67-81.

Recent Graduate Students

Yu, X. 2009. Essays on Consumer Behavior and Demand Analysis: Food Quality, Non-Market Goods, and Habit Persistence. Ph.D., Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics and Demography.

Chikasada, M. 2008. Three Essays on Demand for Organic Milk in the U.S., Environment and Economic Growth in Japan, and Life Expectancy at Birth and Socio-Economic Factors in Japan. Ph.D., Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics and Demography.

Fleming, D. 2008. International Trade, Agricultural Productivity and Poverty: The Role of Product Tradability in the Chilean Case. M.S., Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics.

Ghimire, N. 2008. Economics of Biodiesel Production from Microalgae. M.S., Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics.

Shrestha, S. 2007. Essays on Childhood Nutritional Deprivation in Nepal and Off-Farm Employment in the United States: Multi-Level and Spatial Econometric Modeling Approach. Ph.D., Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics and Demography.

Mishra, R. 2007. Implications of Trade Liberalization for Nepalese Agriculture. M.S., Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics.

Konovalchuk,V. 2006. A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis of the Economic Effects of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Ph.D., Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics.

Miloser, D. 2006. The Effects of Land Use Policy on the Rate of Open Space Loss in the Chesapeake Bay Region. M.S., Environmental Pollution Control.