Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Wilson's teaching and research interests include the economics
of agribusiness organization and management, the economics of irrigation,
and the economic dimensions of institutional change. These emphases
evolved from his rural background and work with the Peace Corps
and the Agency for International Development.
Dr. Wilson's current research focuses on the economics of irrigated
agriculture, trust as a business asset, strategic investment decisions
by agribusiness firms, and transboundary conflicts (e.g., water,
dust) along the interface between rural and urban areas. These
projects involve varying degrees of collaboration with agricultural
engineers, biologists, agronomists, and animal scientists. Dr.
Wilson has received several awards at the College and University
levels for outstanding teaching and advising. He has recently been
named a University Distinguished Professor.
Awards and Honors
University Distinguished Professor
Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (10+ Years of Experience),
Honorable Mention (with Gary D. Thompson), Outstanding Journal Article
in the Review of
Agricultural Economics, AAEA
INDV 195B, Global Economics and Management
AREC 315, Agribusiness Economics and Management
AREC 350, Economics, Ethics, and Environmental Management
AREC 450/550, Financial Management for Agribusiness
AREC 496a, Structure, Management, and Performance of American Agriculture
AREC 516, Microeconomics of Agricultural Development
• Ardjosoediro, I. and P. N. Wilson. “Crowding
Out or Crowding In? Shrimp Imports and the U.S. Shrimp Industry” Aquaculture
Economics and Management.
• Kennedy, A.M. and P.N. Wilson. “Reduced
Tillage Systems as Economical Dust Mitigation Strategies.” Journal
of Soil and Water Conservation. (Accepted
• Chung, G., K. Lansey, P. Blowers, P. Brooks,
W. Ela, S. Stewart, and P. Wilson. “A General
Water Supply Planning Model: Evaluation of Decentralized Treatment.” Environmental
Modeling & Software 23 (2008):893-905.
• Wilson, P.N. and J.E.
Stapleford. “Transformational Development:
Reducing Rural Poverty
with the Poor.” Faith and Economics 50(2007): 102-121.
P.N. “The Economic Nature of Network Capital in B2B
An International Journal 23(2007): 435-448.
• Frisvold, G.B., P.N.
Wilson and R. Needham. “Implications
of Federal Farm Policy and State
Regulation on Agricultural Water Use.” in Arizona
Water Policy: Management Innovations in an Urbanizing, Arid Region, B.G. Colby
and K.L. Jacobs (eds.),
Washington, D.C.: Resources for the Future, 2007, pp.137-156.
P.N. “Manual Para Redes Sociales Integradas en los
Negocios.” Revista Mexicana de Agronegocios 19 (2006): 16-26.
Also published in English in the same journal.
• Wilson, P.N. “Mutual Gains from Team Learning:
A Guided Design Classroom Exercise”
Review of Agricultural Economics 27 (2005): 288-296.
• Salas, S.M.A. and P.N. Wilson. “A Farmer-Centered
Analysis of Irrigation Management
Transfer in Mexico.” Irrigation and Drainage Systems. 18
(2004): 89-107. Published in
Spanish in Revista Mexicana de Agronegocios 16 (2005):
• Wilson, P.N. “Principios de Valoracion del Agua
Para Conflictos Globales Emergentes.”
Revista Mexicana de Agronegocios 13(2003): 351-362.
• Wilson, P.N. and G.D. Thompson. “Time Integration:
Agribusiness Structure for Competitive
Advantage.” Review of Agricultural Economics 25(2003): 30-43.
• Wilson, P.N. “Economic Science and the Central
Arizona Project: Lessons Learned.” Water
Resources Update 123(June 2002): 30-37.
• Wilson, P.N. “First-Order Economizing: Irrigation
Technology Adoption and the Farm.”
Agrekon 40(June 2001): 231-248.
• Wilson, P.N. and R.D. Gibson. “The Economics of
Agriculture in the Maricopa-Stanfield
Irrigation and Drainage District in Central Arizona.” Irrigation
and Drainage Systems:
An International Journal 14(2000): 121-138.
• Wilson, P.N. "Social Capital, Trust and the Agribusiness
of Economics." Journal of
Agricultural and Resource Economics 25(2000): 1-13.
• Wilson, P.N. and A.M. Kennedy. "Trustworthiness
as an Economic Asset." International
Food and Agribusiness Management Review 2(1999): 179-193.
• Thompson, G.D. and P.N. Wilson. “Explaining Seasonal
Consumption of Bagged Refrigerated
Salads.” Journal of Agricultural and
• Anderson, D.P., P.N. Wilson, and G.D. Thompson. “The
Adoption and Diffusion of Level
Fields and Basins.” Journal of Agricultural
and Resource Economics 24(1999): 186-
• Wilson, P.N. “To Be or Not To Be? Selected Economic
Questions Surrounding Distance
Education: Discussion.” American Journal
of Agricultural Economics 80(December