Michael Roberts, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University






Michael Roberts is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University.  Before jointing the faculty at NCSU, he worked for USDA’s Economic Research Service.  His research is mainly empirical and focuses on the intersection of agricultural and environmental economics, having published many papers on the effects of US agricultural policies on production, land use, land values and the size of farms.  Since leaving USDA, his research has focused increasingly on the potential effects of climate change on production, prices and price volatility of staple food grains, especially through increased exposure to extreme heat.  He is also examining how much biofuel growth has contributed to rising world food prices and food price variability.  Other current research includes:  (a) design of procurement auctions, with an eye toward finding simple and cost-effective ways to buy environmental services like carbon sequestration from farmers and landowners; (b) optimal crop planting decisions given rotational benefits and price uncertainty; (c) separating moral hazard from adverse selection in government-backed crop insurance; (d) market price and consumer welfare impacts of appliance energy efficiency standards; (e) estimation of risk and uncertainty-adjusted market discount factors for investments in energy conservation.