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Please visit https://ajkappes.github.io/ for more information.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Washington State University, expected 2021
    • Advisors: Thomas L. Marsh, J. Shannon Neibergs, and Shanthi Manian
    • Dissertation: The Economics of Livestock Health, Disease, and Production
  • M.S. in Statistics, Washington State University, expected 2021
    • Advisors: Jan Dasgupta and Yuan Wang
    • Research Project: Bayesian Modeling Techniques for Variable Selection in Ordinal Longitudinal Data
  • M.S. in Economics, Washington State University, 2017
    • Advisor: J. Shannon Neibergs
    • Research Project: An Evaluation of Alfalfa Price-Quality Relationships for Making Informed Production and Marketing Decisions
  • B.A. in Finance and Economics (Summa Cum Laude), Saint Martins University, 2016

Research Interests

  • Primary: Applied Statistical Learning, Agricultural Economics, Global Health and Development
  • Secondary: Technology Adoption, Innovation, Sustainability

Working Papers

  • “Using Genetic Marker Selection to Reduce Asymmetric Information in the U.S. Beef Supply Chain” with J. Shannon Neibergs
  • “Technical Efficiency of Food Intake Frequency on Childhood Stunting in Western Kenya” Thomas L. Marsh
  • “An Evaluation of Livestock Health Impacts on Production Inefficiency in Rural Kenya” with Thomas L. Marsh
  • “Surveillance of Feedlot Bovine Respiratory Disease with Genetic Marker Selection Implications” with J. Shannon Neibergs
  • “Wealth and Environmental Incentives for Anaerobic Digester Technology in Dairies” with J. Shannon Neibergs
  • “Expectation-Maximization Extension to Bayesian Regression Tree Treatment Effect Estimation”

Publications

  • Kappes, Alex J., Marsh, Thomas L. (2020) “Livestock Health Effects on Cost of Nutrient Consumption in Western Kenya”. Front. Vet. Sci. 7:547348. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2020.547348.
  • Kappes, Alex J., Neibergs, J. Shannon. (2020) “Washington State Livestock Identification: Changes to Current Laws and the Future of Traceability”. Washington Agribusiness Status and Outlook.

Presentations

  • Washington State Livestock Identification: Changes to Current Laws and the Future of Traceability. 2020 WAEA/WEC Annual Meeting. Virtual conference due to Covid-19. Selected presentation.
  • Using Genetic Marker Selection to Reduce Asymmetric Information in the U.S. Beef Supply Chain. 2019 ISESSAH Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. Selected presentation.
  • Technical Efficiency of Food Intake Frequency on Childhood Stunting in Western Kenya. 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. Selected presentation.
  • Livestock Health Effects on Cost of Nutrient Consumption in Western Kenya. 2019 ISESSAH Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. Poster.
  • Using Genetic Marker Selection to Reduce Asymmetric Information in the U.S. Beef Supply Chain. University of Idaho Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, April 2019. Seminar series.
  • An Evaluation of Alfalfa Price-Quality Relationships for Making Informed Production and Marketing Decisions. 2017 WAEA/WEC Annual Meeting. Lake Tahoe, NV. Selected presentation

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant — School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, with Thomas L. Marsh and J. Shannon Neibergs from 2016 to present

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, EconS 101 Fundamentals of Microeconomics. Summer 2019. School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.
  • Reproducible Research Techniques with R Workshop, Rmarkdown Instructor. Washington State University, November 2020.
  • Data Carpentry Workshop Intro to R and Starting with Data in R Instructor. Washington State University, October 2019. https://datacarpentry.org
  • Software Carpentry Workshop Git Instructor. Washington State University, April 2019. https://software-carpentry.org

Professional Activites

  • Leadership:
    • School of Economic Sciences, Graduate Student Association President, 2019-2020
  • Memberships:
    • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
    • Western Agricultural Economics Association
    • International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health

Skills

Computer: R, Python, Linux, LaTex

 

Contact Info:

E-mail: Alexander Kappes

Office Location:

103C Hulbert Hall
School of Economic Sciences
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6210