Cesar L. Escalante Professor Agricultural & Applied Economics
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Mailing Address Athens, CAES Campus 313E Conner Hall, 147 Cedar St., Athens, GA 30602
Shipping Address Athens, CAES Campus 313E Conner Hall, 147 Cedar Street, Athens, GA 30602

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Portrait of Cesar L. Escalante


  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics - University of Illinois, 2001
  • M.S., Agricultural Economics, University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), 1996
  • Exchange Scholar - International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan), 1984
  • B.A., Economics - Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), 1983

Research Interests

  • 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
  • Immigration, farm labor, and health economics-related issues
  • Development and microfinance

Extension/Outreach Activities

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

Awards, Honors and Professional Appointments

  • 2022 Outstanding Mentoring Award, Professional and Applied Sciences, Graduate School, University of Georgia
  • 2021 Distinguished Teaching Award (Ten Years and Less Category), Agriculture and Applied Economics Association
  • 2020 Outstanding Mentoring Award, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
  • 2020 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia
  • 2020 President’s Martin Luther King Fulfilling the Dream Award
  • 2019 First Year Odyssey Teaching Award
  • 2019-2024 Diversity Advisory Council
  • 2018-2019 University Aspire Fellow
  • 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)
  • 2014 Faculty Diversity Award, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society in Agriculture's 2007 Award for Junior Achievement in Research
  • Major Professor, Outstanding Master's Thesis Award
    • Uthra Raghunathan, American Agricultural Economics Association, 2009
    • Mark M. Byrd, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 2006

Selected Outstanding Paper Awards

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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  

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

Selected Recent Publications