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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Kuan-Ju Chen


  • Ph.D., Economics, Washington State University (WSU), Expected May 2019
    • Dissertation: Essays on Environmental Economics and Sustainable Energy
    • Advisor: Dr. Thomas L. Marsh
  • M.S., Statistics, Washington State University, December 2018
    • Project: Markov Chain Monte Carlo Simulation of Little Cherry Disease
    • Advisor: Dr. Marc A. Evans

Fields of Interest

  • Primary: Environmental and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics
  • Secondary: Experimental Economics, Applied Econometrics

Journal Publications

  • Chen, K. J., & McCluskey, J. J. (2018). Impacts of expert information on prices for an experience good across product quality segments: tasting notes and wine prices. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 43(3), 388-402.
  • Chen, K. J., Marsh, T. L., Tozer, P. R., & Galinato, S. P. (2018). Biotechnology to sustainability: consumer preferences for food products grown on biodegradable mulches. Job Market Paper, forthcoming at Food Research International.
  • Choi, Y., Chen, K. J., & Marsh, T. L. (2018). Consumer preference for bio-based batteries. revised and resubmitted at Energy Economics.

Extension Reports

  • Chen, K. J., Galinato, S. P., Ghimire, S., MacDonald, S., Marsh, T. L., Miles, C. A., Tozer, P. R., & Velandia, M. M. (2018). Important considerations for the use of biodegradable mulch in crop production. Washington State University Extension Publication FS304E.
  • Chen, K. J., Galinato, S. P., & Marsh, T. L. (2018). Survey of consumer’s value for environment-friendly grown crop: case study for strawberries. under review at Washington State University Extension Publication.

Working Papers

  • Chen, K. J. Marsh, T. L., & Fortenbery, T. R. An impact of EISA on the relationship between biomaterial and agricultural commodity markets.
  • Chen, K. J., Chen, K. H., & Marsh, T. L. Analysis of energy and agricultural commodity markets with the policy mandated: a vine Copula-based ARMA-EGARCH model.
  • Chi, T., Chen, K. J., & Marsh, T. L. A study of agroeconomic and environmental impacts of biomaterials in agricultural production.”

Selected Presentations

  • The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2018
    – “The Relationship between Biomaterial and Agricultural Commodity Markets”
  • The 12th Annual American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2018
    – “Impacts of Expert Information on Prices for an Experience Good across Product Quality Segments: Tasting Notes and Wine Prices”
  • The Annual Northwest Agribusiness Executive Seminar, Stevenson, WA, 2017 (Invited Presentation)
    – “Biotechnology to Sustainability: Consumer Preferences for Food Products Grown on Biodegradable Mulches”
  • The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2017
    – “Consumer Willingness to Pay for Strawberries Grown on Biodegradable Mulches”
  • The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 2016
    – “Price Impacts of Tasting Notes across Wine Segments”
  • The 12th International Conference on Industrial Engineering (ICIE), Tehran, Iran, 2016
    – “Co-movements in U.S. Import and Export Markets: Minimum Spanning Trees Analysis”

Other Experience

  • Instructor, WSU
    – EconS 351: Introduction to Food and Agricultural Market, Spring 2019
  • Research Assistant, WSU
    – Dr. Thomas L. Marsh, School of Economic Sciences, 2015-Present
    – USDA-SCRI Grant Project “Biodegradable Mulches & High Tunnels
  • Graduate Assistant, WSU
    – Mr. Berto Cerrillo, Student Involvement, 2013–2015
  • Executive Assistant to General Manager, Horng En Co., Ltd, 2012–2013

Scholarships And Awards

  • Fellow, WSU-Element 8 Member, WSU, 2018-2019
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association Travel Grant, WSU, 2016-2018
  • Honorable Mention Award in SES Poster Competition, WSU, 2017
  • C. Richard and Janet L. Shumway Graduate Fellowship, WSU, 2016

Professional Services

  • Grant Proposal Reviewer for Federal-State Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP), U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS), 2018
  • Moderator for Selected Paper Session on “Environmental Regulations – Lightning Session”, AAEA Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C., 2018
  • Discussant for Selected Paper Session on “Omicron Delta Epsilon Graduate Student Session”, AEA Annual Meetings, Atlanta, GA, 2019

Committee Services

  • The Distinguished Faculty Address Committee, WSU, 2017–2018
  • Top Ten Seniors Awards Committee, WSU Alumni Association, WSU, 2014–2015
  • Fiscal Specialist position Search Committee, Student Involvement, WSU 2014
  • Student Advertising Fund Committee, The Daily Evergreen, WSU, 2013–2015


  • GPSA Senator, Graduate and Professional Student Association, WSU, 2017–2018
  • Advisor, Muay Thai Club, WSU, 2015-2017


  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS)
  • Western Economic Association International (WEAI)
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE)


  • Bloomberg Essentials Training Programs
    (Certificates in Commodity, Equity, Fixed Income, and FX Essentials)
  • Internal auditor of ISO9001:2008
  • Internal auditor of ISO14001:2008


  • Computer: Microsoft Office Suite, R, SAS, STATA, VBA
  • Languages: English (fluent), Mandarin Chinese (native), Taiwanese (native)


  • Thomas L. Marsh, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural & Resource Economics, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164,
  • Jill J. McCluskey, Distinguished Professor of Sustainability and Associate Director, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, WA 99164,
  • Peter R. Tozer, Associate Professor in Farm Management, School of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand 4442,
  • Suzette P. Galinato, Assistant Director and Research Associate, IMPACT Center, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, WA 99164,
  • Ting Chi, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, Washington State University, WA 99164,


Contact Info:


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Hulbert Hall 123F
Washington State University
School of Economic Sciences
Pullman, WA 99164-6210