Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Thompson’s research interests center on production economics and demand analysis. Several of his research projects focus on fresh fruit and vegetable production and demand. He maintains active interests in consumer demand issues relating to organic foods, food safety, and health concerns. Much of this research employs microeconometric methods for analyzing food and agricultural research questions.
His research interests in applied econometrics are complemented by his teaching of advanced applied econometrics in the M.S. program. Since 2002, he teaches a capstone course involving an innovative public-private collaboration with American Express in Phoenix, Arizona and New York City. M.S. students analyze a real-world business problem posed by American Express staff, employing American Express proprietary data. The class culminates in a formal business presentation made by students to American Express staff. As part of the department’s specialization in applied econometrics, the capstone course has helped many alumni to obtain applied econometrician positions in financial, energy, health, communications and educational industries.
He currently serves as department head while maintaining an active research and teaching commitment.
Awards and Honors
Wang, Xiangrui, Jukwan Lee, Jia Yan, and Gary Thompson. “Testing the Behavior of Rationally Inattentive Consumers in a Residential Water Market,” Journal of Envrionmental Economics and Management, (92: ) November 2018: 344-359. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2018.09.004.
Clarke, Andrew, Bonnie Colby and Gary Thompson. “Household Water Demand Seasonal Elasticities: A Stone-Geary Model under an Increasing Block Rate Structure,” Land Economics, November 2017 (93:4): 6008–6030.
Caracciolo, Francesco, Luigi Cembalo, Alessia Lombardi, and Gary D. Thompson. “Distributional Effects of Maize Price Increases in Malawi,” Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 50, No. 2, 2014: 258–275.
Thompson, Gary D., Satheesh V. Aradhyula, George Frisvold, and Russell Tronstad. “Does Paying Referees Expedite Reviews?: Results of a Natural Experiment,” Southern Economic Journal Jan.2010, 76(3):678–692.