Paul Wilson

Professor; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1982; Economics of Organization, Management, and Technical Change
Professor Emeritus

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Honors

University Distinguished Professor
Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (10+ Years of Experience), AAEA
Honorable Mention (with Gary D. Thompson), Outstanding Journal Article in the Review of Agricultural Economics, AAEA
President, WAEA

Classes Taught

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

Selected Publications

Ardjosoediro, I. and P. N. Wilson. “Crowding Out or Crowding In? Shrimp Imports and the U.S. Shrimp Industry” Aquaculture Economics and Management. (Under Review)

Kennedy, A.M. and P.N. Wilson. “Reduced Tillage Systems as Economical Dust Mitigation Strategies.” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. (Accepted for Publication).

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.

Wilson, P.N. “The Economic Nature of Network Capital in B2B Transactions.” Agribusiness: 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.

Wilson, 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): 422-437.

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 Resource Economics 24(1999): 463-481.

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- 203.

Wilson, P.N. “To Be or Not To Be? Selected Economic Questions Surrounding Distance Education: Discussion.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 80(December 1998): 991-994.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) Country of Service

Dominican Republic, Costa Rica

RPCV Service Years


RPCV Service Sector

Cooperative Development/Business Advisor and Accountant

How did the AREC program connect your service and help you prepare for your professional experiences?

The AREC program enabled me to acquire the writing, research, analytical and teaching skills to be offered jobs in the private, consulting, and public sectors. My wife and I chose to pursue the opportunity with the U.S. Agency for International Development where I served as a loan officer and a rural development officer in Washington, D.C. and Nicaragua. This overseas experience led us to pursue a Ph.D. after 2+ years of service.

Why would you recommend that an RPCV join our M.S. program?

Students will participate in a student-centered academic environment that prepares the student for analytical and managerial positions in the private and public sectors.