Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Thomas W. Hertel

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Purdue University
Center for Global Trade Analysis
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Professor Hertel is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, where his research focuses on the economy-wide impacts of global trade and environmental policies.

Dr. Hertel is a Fellow, and Past-President, of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) which now encompasses more than 10,000 researchers in 150 countries around the world (https://www.gtap.agecon.purdue.edu/). This Project maintains a global economic data base and an applied general equilibrium modeling framework which are documented in the book: Global Trade Analysis: Modeling and Applications, edited by Dr. Hertel, and published by Cambridge University Press in 1997.

Professor Hertel’s most recent research has focused on the impacts of climate change and mitigation policies on global land use and poverty. During the 2011-12 year he is on leave at Stanford University, where he is engaged in inter-disciplinary research on these topics.

Previously, Professor Hertel has conducted extensive research on the impacts of multilateral trade agreements, including the linkages between global trade policies and poverty in developing countries. His book on the poverty impacts of a WTO agreement (co-edited with Alan Winters) received the AAEA Quality of Communication award. Other AAEA awards include: Distinguished Policy Contribution and Outstanding Journal Article.

Selected Publications:

Ahmed, S. A., N. S. Diffenbaugh and T. W. Hertel, (2009).  Climate Volatility Deepens Poverty Vulnerability in Developing Countries,Environmental Research Letters,4(3), 8pp.

Hertel, T. W., H. Lee, S. Rose and B. Sohngen, (2009).  "Analysis of Global Land Use and the Potential for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Agriculture and Forestry", forthcoming in Resource and Energy Economics.

Hertel, T.W., W.E. Tyner and D.K. Birur, (2009). “Global Impacts of Biofuels”, Energy Journal, forthcoming.

Golub, A., and T. W. Hertel, (2008). “Global Economic Integration and Land Use Change”,  Journal of Economic Integration, 23(3):463-488.

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