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 consulted on a wide variety of topics related to agriculture, including competition in agricultural markets, international trade in agricultural commodities, the behavior of agricultural futures markets, the proper use of econometric methods, damages assessments, the role of agricultural cooperatives, and the estimation of cost pass-through to indirect purchasers. As an expert witness, Professor Thurman has testified at deposition and in federal and state court proceedings. He has published widely on agricultural and natural resource subjects, including grower compensation in the poultry industry, food safety regulation in the egg industry, the effects of supply control programs for peanuts and tobacco, honeybee pollination markets and colony collapse disorder, the performance of lumber futures markets, and the costs of the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. At North Carolina State University, Professor Thurman taught graduate and undergraduate courses in econometrics, microeconomics, and agricultural markets. He is the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards and fellowships, including the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA’s) Publication of Enduring Quality and Outstanding Graduate Instructor Awards. Professor Thurman is a past editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, an elected fellow of the AAEA, and a senior fellow of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana.