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Suggested Citation:"Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 1999. Sowing Seeds of Change: Informing Public Policy in the Economic Research Service of USDA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6320.
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Biographical Sketches

JOHN F. GEWEKE (Chair) is professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Minnesota and adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. He was previously director of the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences at Duke University and professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently a member of the National Research Council's (NRC) Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education and is a former member of the NRC's Committee on National Statistics and the Committee on Population's Panel on the Demographic and Economic Impacts of Immigration. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Statistical Association. His research has included time series and Bayesian econometric methods, with applications in macroeconomics and labor economics. He has a B.S. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota.

DENNIS AIGNER is the former dean of the Graduate School of Management and professor of management and economics at the University of California, Irvine. He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Econometrics and is experienced in research administration. He served on the National Research Council's Committee on the National Energy Modeling System, which reviewed the U.S. Department of Energy's modeling and forecasting systems. He has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

JAMES T. BONNEN is professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University. He served as chair of the National Research Council's (NRC) Panel on Statistics for Rural Development Policy (1979–1980) and on

Suggested Citation:"Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 1999. Sowing Seeds of Change: Informing Public Policy in the Economic Research Service of USDA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6320.
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three other NRC panels since t989. Bonnen was director of the President's Reorganization Project for the Federal Statistical System (1978–1980), president of the American Agricultural Economics Association (1975), and senior staff economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers (1963–1965). He is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association, the American Statistical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

IVERY D. CLIFTON is the associate dean of the College of Agricultural Economics and Environmental Science and professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Georgia. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Trust for Public Lands and is a past member of the board of the American Association of Agricultural Economics. He also worked as an agricultural economist at the Economic Research Service in the early 1970s and served as director of the American Agricultural Economic Association. He has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois.

JOSHUA S. DICK (Senior Project Assistant) is a staff member of the Committee on National Statistics. His project assignments have included the Panel on Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting, the Panel to Review the Statistical Procedures for the Decennial Census, and a study on statistical issues in developing cost-of-living indexes for federal programs. He has a B.A. in political science with honors from Florida Atlantic University and served as an intern for U.S. Senator Connie Mack. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, and is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.

KAREN HUIE (Research Assistant) served as a project assistant for other Committee on National Statistics studies, including one on the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. in German and European studies from Georgetown University. She is currently completing an M.L.S. at the School of Communication, Information, and Library Science at Rutgers University.

GEORGE G. JUDGE is professor in the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an econometrician and his research is concerned with developing improved methods of estimation and inference. He was previously on the faculty in the Department of Economics and Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. From 1959 to 1986, he was professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the Journal of Econometrics, and the American Agricultural Economics Association. He has a Ph.D. in economics and statistics from Iowa State University.

Suggested Citation:"Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 1999. Sowing Seeds of Change: Informing Public Policy in the Economic Research Service of USDA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6320.
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JEFFREY J. KOSHEL (Study Director) served as study director for the first year of the project. He currently is the director of state and local initiatives in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His prior experience includes serving as a senior fellow at the National Governors' Association, as chief of cost estimation for human resource legislation at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, and as director of Social Services Research at the Urban Institute.

ROBERT C. MARSHALL is a professor and head of the Economics Department at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to this position, he was associate professor of economics at Duke University. He served as a member of the Committee on National Statistics' Panel on Statistical Methods for Testing and Evaluating Defense Systems. His research, using theoretical, empirical, and numerical methods of analysis, has included a broad range of topics such as housing, labor, the expected utility paradigm, and measurements of mobility. His primary research focus is on auctions and procurements with an emphasis on collusion by bidders. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

CHARLES RIEMENSCHNEIDER is an agricultural economist who is currently the director of the Liaison Office for North America for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is the former staff director of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and former vice president of Chemical Bank. He has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University.

ROBERT L. THOMPSON is a sector strategy and policy advisor for agricultural and rural development at the World Bank and a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. An agricultural economist, he has served as president and chief executive officer of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development (1993–l998), as dean of agriculture (1987–1993) and professor of agricultural economics (1974–1993) at Purdue University, as assistant secretary for economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1985–1987), and as senior staff economist for food and agriculture at the president's Council of Economic Advisers (1983–1985). His major areas of work have been international trade and agricultural policy. He is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and of the Ukrainian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

SARAHELEN THOMPSON is professor of agricultural and food marketing at the University of Illinois. From 1992 to 1997, she was interim assistant director of the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station. She is currently chair of the Food

Suggested Citation:"Biographical Sketches." National Research Council. 1999. Sowing Seeds of Change: Informing Public Policy in the Economic Research Service of USDA. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6320.
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and Agricultural Marketing Consortium and a coeditor of the Review of Agricultural Economics. She conducts research on the performance of commodity, transportation, processing, and food markets; the economic role of futures markets; marketing strategies for agricultural and food products; agricultural economic history; and the economic impacts of agricultural information systems. She has a Ph.D. from the Food Research Institute, Stanford University.

ANDREW A. WHITE (Study Director) is acting director of the Committee on National Statistics. He is a former survey designer, research staff chief, and executive staff member of the National Center for Health Statistics and was a consulting statistician with the Michigan Department of Public Health. He directed interdisciplinary research in statistical mapping, survey design, and work in customer satisfaction. In addition to his acting director duties for the Committee on National Statistics, he has served as deputy director for the committee and as study director for the Panel on Alternative Census Methodologies and the Panel to Review the Statistical Procedures for the Decennial Census. He has a B.A. in political science and M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in biostatistics from the University of Michigan.

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Every day economic decisions are made in the public and private sectors, based on limited information and analysis. The analysis and information needed for successful public policy has changed rapidly with the growth of the global economy, and so have the means for acquiring them. In the public sector, decision makers rely on information gathered within government agencies, as well as the work of academics and private firms.

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