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Research in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University conducts a broad range of applied and disciplinary research.  The Department is recognized for it's research in cotton economics, which dates back to the beginning of the Department in 1927. The Cotton Economics Research Institute serves to coordinate and foster economic research activities on all aspects of cotton across units within Texas Tech University and with research units outside the University.  

The Department also conducts research in economic issues related to water management, range management, finance, agribusiness, risk management and livestock. A listing and description of Current Departmental Research Projects may be accessed on the Research Database of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). Click "View" for a detailed description of a specific project.

A listing and description of Completed Departmental Research Projects may be accessed on the Research Database of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). Click "View" for a detailed description of a specific project.


Annual Departmental Research Program Report 2003/04

Departmental Water Economics Publications 1961 - 2003

Listing of Departmental Publications 1997-2000

The following is a listing of research projects by general topic area.  Each project title is linked to the corresponding project summary from the CASNR Research Database.

Production Economics


Development of Web-Based Cotton Production Cost Calculator

Economic Performance of Irrigation Technology on Cotton in the Southern High Plains

Evaluation of bacillus thuringiensis Technology in Texas Corn Production

Further Development of the Cotton Wizard Cotton Variety Selection Program                               

Precision Farming - Site Specific Production Systems: Economics of Precision Farming Practices in the Texas High Plains

Spatial Analysis of Precision Agriculture Data: An Approach to Improve Management Zone Delineation Procedures for Texas Cotton 



Structural Models of the U.S. and the Rest-of-the-World Natural Fiber Market

Water and Natural Resources

Interactions Among Climate, Humans, and Playa Wetlands on the Southern High Plains

Marginal Value of Agricultural Groundwater use in the Texas High Plains: A Private Versus Social Perspective

Natural Resource Management and Sustainability Issues in the Texas High Plains

Ogallala Aquifer Initiative - Economic and Policy Implications of Underground Water Use in the Southern Ogallala

Potential Economic Benefits of Adjusting Dryland Cropping Strategies Based on Seasonal Rainfall Forecasts

Towards an Integrated Water Policy Planning Model for the Texas High Plains

Treatment Technologies for Phosphorus Removal

Water Conservation Policy Alternatives for the Southern Portion of the Ogallala Aquifer

Water Conflict Resolution in the Lower Rio Grande Valley: A Game Theoretic Approach


Business Models for Competitive Success in the Texas Textile Industry


Center for North American Studies (CNAS) - Texas Tech Component

Demand for U.S. Made Cotton Apparel and its Implications for the Cotton Industry

Quality Assessment of Major Textile Markets for Texas Cotton 

Estimating Brazillian Cotton Supply Response: A Linear Supply System Approach

Daily Price Analysis and Reporting for the Texas -Oklahoma Cotton Market


Profitability Analysis of Cotton Production for Major Cotton Producing Regions of Texas

Risk Management and Crop Insurance

Developing Financial Derivatives to Mitigate Marketing Risks Under Grid Pricing for Fed Cattle Producers

Evaluating Yield and Revenue Insurance as a Risk Management Tool for Cotton Producers in the Southern Texas High Plains

Performance-Based Premium Rate Discount Project

Preferred Producer Discount Pilot Risk Management Program Development

Probability Distribution Function Models for Risk Analysis and their Application to Crop Insurance Premium-Rate Setting

Providing Risk Management Tools for Producers Who Diversify Into New or Specialty Crops

Reference Yield Update Methodology Project

USDA Unit Division Structure Review