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Abebayehu Tegene

Associate Director
202-694-5527
Email: ategene@ers.usda.gov

Briefly:

Abebayehu Tegene is the Associate Director of ERS's Food Economics Division (FED). He was chief of the Food Markets Branch in the Food Economics Division from 2006 to 2011. He joined ERS in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where he was an Assistant Professor of Economics. His current research area includes consumer economics, food and nutrition economics, information issues, and consumers' acceptance of biotech foods.

Education:
Abebayehu received his Ph.D. in economics and M.S. in statistics, both from Iowa State University, Ames, IA. He received a B.S. in statistics from Addis Ababa University.

Selected Publications:

Kuchler, Fred and A. Tegene. Did BSE Announcements Reduce Beef Purchases? ERS Report No. (ERR-34) 45 pp, December 2006.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. "Who Do Consumers Trust for Information: The Case of Genetically Modified Foods?," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 86(5), (2004):1222-1229.

Akobundu, E., J. Alwang, A. Essel, G. Norton, and A. Tegene. "Does Extension Work? Impacts of a Program to Assist Limited-Resource Farmers in Virginia," Review of Agricultural Economics, 26(3), Fall 2004, pp. 361-371.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. "Consumers' Resistance to Genetically Modified Foods in the U.S.: The Role of Information in an Uncertain Environment," Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization, Vol. 2, No. 2, Article 8, 2004.

Rousu, M., W. Huffman, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. "Are United States Consumers Tolerant of GM Foods?," Review of Agricultural Economics, 26(1), (2004):19-31.

Rousu, M., W. Huffman, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. "Estimating the Public Value of Conflicting Information: The Case of Genetically Modified Foods," Land Economics 80(1), (2004):125-135.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. "Valuing Information: The Public Good Value of Information from Agribusiness on Genetically Modified Foods," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 85(5), (2003):1309-1315.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. "The Welfare Implications of Mandatory GM Labeling in the United States," Consumer Acceptance of Biotechnology Foods, R.E. Evenson and V. Santaniello, eds., CBI Publishing, 2004.

Huffman, W., M. Rousu, J. Shogren, and A. Tegene. "Consumer Willingness to Pay for Genetically Modified Food Labels in a Market with Diverse Information: Evidence from Experimental Auctions," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 28(3), (2003):481-502.

Kuchler, F., A. Tegene, and M. Harris. Taxing Snack Foods: What to Expect for Diet and Tax Revenues, USDA, ERS, Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 747, August 2004.

Tegene, A. Information Sways Consumer Attitudes Toward Biotech Foods, Amber Waves, USDA, ERS, June 2003, p. 4.

Tegene, A., W. Huffman, M. Rousu, and J. Shogren. The Effects of Information on Consumer Demand for Biotech Foods: Evidence from Experimental Auctions, USDA, ERS, Technical Bulletin No. 1903, March 2003.

Dimtri, C., A. Tegene, and P. Kaufman. U.S. Fresh Produce Markets: Marketing Channels, Trade Practices, and Retail Pricing Behavior, USDA, ERS, Agricultural Economic Report No. 825, September 2003.

Soule, M., and A. Tegene. " Land Tenure and the Adoption of Conservation Practices in the United States," Land Quality, Agricultural productivity and Food Security: Biophysical Processes and Economic Choices at Local, Regional and Global Levels, K. Wiebe ed., Elgar Publishing, (2003):319-336.

Hellerstein, C.N., J. Cooper, P. Feather, D. Gadsby, D. Mullarkey, A. Tegene, and C. Barnard. Farmland Protection: The Role of Preferences for Rural Amenities, USDA, ERS, Agricultural Economic Report No. 815, October 2002.

Tegene, A., A. Effland, G. Norton, A. Essel, G. Larson, and W. Clarke. Investing in People: Assessing the Economic Benefits of 1890 Institutions, USDA, ERS, Miscellaneous Publication No. 1583, March 2002.

Huffman, W., and A. Tegene. "Public Acceptance of and Benefits from Agricultural Biotechnology: A Key Role of Verifiable Information," Market Development for Genetically Modidied Foods, V. Sanataneillo, R.E. Evanson, and D. Zilberman eds., CBI Publishing, 2002.

Wiebe, K., and A. Tegene. Resource Quality, Agricultural Productivity, and Food Security in Developing Countries, Food Security Assessment, USDA, ERS, Global Food Assesment 12, December 2000.

Soule, M., A. Tegene, and K. Wiebe. Conservation on Rented Farmland: A Focus on U.S. Corn Production, Special Article, Agricultural Outlook, USDA, ERS, January 1999.

Soule, M., A. Tegene, and K. Wiebe. "Land Tenure and the Adoption of Conservation Practices," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 86(4),(2000):993-1005.

Tegene, A., K. Wiebe, and B. Kuhn. "Irreverisible Investment Under Uncertainty: Conservation Easements and the Option to Develop Agricultural Land," Journal of Agricultural Economics, May 1999, pp. 203-219.

Claassen, R., and A. Tegene. "Agricultural Land Use Choice: A Discrete Choice Approach," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, April 1999, pp. 26-36.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. Finding Common Ground on Western Lands, Rural Development Perspective, USDA, ERS, February 1999.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. "Managing Public and Private Land Through Partial Interests," Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 15, (1997):35-43.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. "Land Tenure Land Policy, and the Property Rights Debate in Who Owns America?," Social Conflict Over Propert Rights, H.M. Jacobs, Ed., University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 1998.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. "Finding Common Ground on Public and Private Land," Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, June 1997, pp. 162-165.

Aillery, M., J. Hrubovcak, C. Kramer, R. Shoemaker, and A. Tegene. "Agriculture in an Ecosystem Framework," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, October 1996, pp. 101-117.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. "Partial Interests in Land as Resource Policy Tools," Special Article, Agricultural Outlook, USDA, ERS, November 1996, pp. 35-38.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. Partial Interests in Land: Policy Tools for Resource Use and Conservation, USDA, ERS, Agricultural Economic Report No. 744, November 1996.

Wiebe, K., A. Tegene, and B. Kuhn. "Property Rights, Partial Interests, and the Evolving Federal Role in Wetland Conversion and Conservation," Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, December 1995, pp. 627-629.

Henry, B., C. Fischer, J. Michos, and A. Tegene. Purchase of Development Rights and Economics of Easements, USDA, ERS, Agricultural Economics Report No. 718, June 1995.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. "Evaluating Forecasting Models of Farmland Prices," International Journal of Forecasting, Vol. 10, (1994):65-80.

Kuchler, F., and A. Tegene. "Asset Fixity and the Distribution of Rents from Agriculture Policies," Land Economics, 69(4), (1993):428-37.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. "Evidence on the Existence of Speculative Bubbles in Farmland Prices," Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 6(3), (1993):223-236.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. "A Regression Test of the Present Value Model of Farmland Prices," Journal of Agricultural Economics, 44(1), (1993):135-143.

Tegene, A. "Trade Flows, Relative Prices, and Effective Exchange Rates: A VAR on Ethiopian Data," Applied Economics, 23(8), (1991):1369-1375.

Tegene, A. "Results of Price Forecasting Competition: Comment," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 73(4), (1991):1274-1276.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. "A Description of Farmland Investor Expectations," Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 4(3), (1991):283-296.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. "An Error Correcting Model of Farmland Prices," Applied Economics, 23(11), (1991):1741-1747.

Tegene, A. "Kalman Filter and the Demand for Cigarettes," Applied Economics, 23(7), (1991):1175-1182.

Tegene, A. "Commodity Concentration and Export Earnings Instability: The Evidence from African Countries," The American Economist, 34 (2), (1990):55-59.

Tegene, A. "The Impact of Macro Variables on the Farm Sector: Some Further Evidence," Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, 22(1), (1990):77-85.

Tegene, A. "The Supply and Demand for Exports: A Simultaneous Equation Model," Journal of Quantitative Economics, 6(2), (1990):395-410.

Tegene, A., and F. Kuchler. The Contribution of Speculative Bubbles to Farmland Prices, USDA, ERS, Technical Bulletin No. 1782, July 1990.

Kuchler, F., and A. Tegene. "Speculative Bubbles in Farmland Prices?," Special Article, Agricultural Outlook, USDA, ERS, November 1990, pp. 35-38.

Tegene, A. "The Kalman Filter Approach for Testing Structural Change in the Demand for Alcoholic Beverages in the U.S.," Applied Economics, 22(10), (1990):1407-1416.

Tegene, A. "Export Performance of LDC's: The Case of African Countries," The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies, 32(2), 1990.

Tegene, A. "The Monetary Explanation of Inflation: The Experience of Six African Countries," Journal of Economic Studies, 16(1), (1989):5-18.

Tegene, A. "On the Effects of Relative Prices and Effective Exchange Rates on the Trade Flows LDC's," Applied Economics, 21(11), (1989):1447-1463.

Tegene, A., W.E. Huffman, and J.A. Miranowski. "Dynamic Corn Supply Functions: A Model with Explicit Optimization," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 70(1), (1988):103-111.

Tegene, A. "On the Dynamics of Supply," Indian Journal of Economics, 69(273), (1988):221-228.

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