Walter N. Thurman
Ph.D., economics, The University of Chicago; M.S., economics, Montana State University
Summary of Experience
Professor Thurman is an expert in agricultural markets and regulation. He has published widely on agricultural and natural resource topics, including the effects of supply control programs for peanuts and tobacco, honey bee pollination markets and colony collapse disorder, the performance of lumber futures markets, grower compensation in the poultry industry, food safety regulation in the egg industry, and the costs of the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in econometrics, microeconomics, and agricultural markets, and is a past editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Professor Thurman has been the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards and fellowships, including the Publication of Enduring Quality Award and Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). In 2010, Professor Thurman was elected a fellow of the AAEA. He is a senior fellow of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana.
Professor Thurman has consulted on a wide variety of topics, including the role of agricultural cooperatives, estimation of cost pass-through to indirect purchasers, the behavior of agricultural futures markets, and the proper use of econometric methods. As an expert witness, he has testified in federal and state court proceedings regarding class certification and damages issues.