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


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

  • Outstanding Paper Awards
    • Outstanding conference Paper: "The Farm Labor Hiring Predicament of Organic and Conventional Farm Operators in the Southeast" International Conference on Business and Information, Kitakyushu, Japan, July 2010
    • Outstanding Conference Paper: “Is There Gender Bias in Federal Farm Lending Decisions?” International Conference on Business and Information, Seoul, South Korea, July 2008
    • 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, Honorable Mention (2010, 2009), Finalist (2008)
  • Major Professor, Outstanding Master's Thesis Award                                                                
    • Uthra Raghunathan, American Agricultural Economics Association, 2009
    • Mark M. Byrd, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 2006
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society in Agriculture's 2007 Award for Junior Achievement in Research
  • 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

  • Co-Editor, Journal of Agribusiness, 2009-2015
  • 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
  • Member, Outstanding Doctoral (Ph.D.) Dissertation Award Committee, Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA), 2007-2010
  • Editor, The Georgia Economic Issues Newsletter
  • Treasurer, Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, 2005-2008