Cesar L. Escalante Professor Agricultural & Applied Economics
Mailing Address Athens, CAES Campus 315A Conner Hall, Athens, GA 30602
Shipping Address Athens, CAES Campus 315A Conner Hall, Athens, GA 30602
Portrait of Cesar L. Escalante

Education

Ph.D. Agricultural Economics - University of Illinois, 2001

MS Agricultural Economics, University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), 1996

Exchange Scholar - International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan), 1984

BA Economics - Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), 1983

Research Interest

  • Agricultural Finance: Analysis of lenders' risk rating systems and risk management strategies; application of migration framework to farm credit risk analysis
  • Agribusiness Management: Analysis of farmers' financial structure decisions and business strategies for financial growth, risk management and debt repayment
  • Risk Management: Alternative behavioral modifications of expected utility-mean variance framework; myopic loss aversion studies.

Extension/Outreach Activities

  • Farm financial management, including farm business planning, record-keeping, financial analysis

Awards, Honors and Professional Appointments

  • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society in Agriculture’s 2007 Award for Junior Achievement in Research
  • 2014 Faculty Diversity Award, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia.
  • Selected Outstanding Paper Awards

o    10th Anniversary Best Paper Award (Energies Journal), ““Ethanol, Corn, and Soybean Price Relations in a Volatile Vehicle-Fuels Market.” February 2018. (with Zibin Zhang, PhD)

o    Outstanding Conference Paper:  “The U.S. Immigrant Farm Workers’ Relative Access to Health Services” International Conference on Business & Information, Nagoya, Japan, July 2016 (with Tianyuan Luo, PhD)

o    Outstanding Conference Paper: “Is There Gender Bias in Federal Farm Lending Decisions?” International Conference on Business and Information, Seoul, South Korea, July 2008 (with Uthra Raghunathan, MSc)

o    Outstanding Journal Article Award for 2000 (Review of Agricultural Economics), “Lease Pricing for Farm Real Estate.” American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, August 7, 2001        

  • Outstanding Faculty Member, given by the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2009-2010, 2008-2009, 2005-2006
  • Team Adviser, UGA Graduate Agribusiness Case Study Team, 2nd  Place (2012), Honorable Mention (2016, 2010, 2009), Finalist (2008) in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) annual competitions
  • Adviser,  AAEA Graduate Extension Competition, 1st Place (2015), 2nd (2017), 3rd (2016, 2014)
  • Major Professor, Outstanding Master's Thesis Award                                                                
    • Uthra Raghunathan, American Agricultural Economics Association, 2009
    • Mark M. Byrd, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 2006
  • Research and Scholarship Awards 
    • University of Georgia Faculty Research Foundation Award (competitive research grant) for Junior Faculty Members, 2002
    • Colvin and Agricultural Finance Program Fellowships, Dept. of Agricultural & Consumer Economics, University of Illinois (1999-2000)
    • Departmental SODEN Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence given by the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph (1995)

Other Positions

  • Editor, Journal of Agribusiness (2014-2015), Co-Editor (2009-2013)
  • Editorial Council member, Journal of Agricultural & Applied Economics (JAAE): 2003-2006
  • Member, Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award Committee, American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), 2007-2010
  • Outstanding Doctoral (Ph.D.) Dissertation Award Committee, Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA), Member (2007-2008), Chairman (2008-2009)
  • Editor, The Georgia Economic Issues Newsletter, 2007-2008
  • Treasurer, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, 2005-2008