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School of Economic Sciences | WSU Kennedy Odongo



Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Economics, Washington State University, expected May 2023
    • Advisors: Jill McCluskey, Ron Mittelhammer, and Jia Yan
    • Dissertation: Machine Learning Applications for Agricultural Economics
  • M.S Statistics, Washington State University, February 2022
    • Advisors: Jave Pascual,  Yuan Wang, Dean Johnson
    • Project: Machine Learning for Statistical Reliability
  • M.A Economics, Kent State University, May 2018
    • Advisors: Curtis Reynolds, Justin Barnette
    • Thesis: “Wage Scars from involuntary job loss: Evidence and comparisons from the NLSY79 and the NLSY97 cohorts”

Research Interests

  • Primary: Microeconomics, Agricultural Economics
  • Secondary: Machine Learning, Data Science

Working Papers

  • “Effects of COVID-19 on Specialty Crop Markets” with Jill McCluskey, Ron Mittelhammer
  • “Machine Learning for Event Studies in Agricultural Markets”
  • “Uncovering consumer preferences for a novel apple variety using Latent Dirichlet Allocation”

Machine Learning

  • “A Multi-Label Multi-Class Approach to Assigning ICD-10 Codes from Unstructured Clinical Text Data” with Olumurejiwa Fatunde (MIT), Jennah Gosciak (NYU), and Christina Last (MIT)
  • “Automating Image Classification Learning for Statistical Reliability”


  • Learning and Doing Data For Good – University of Washington
  • Data Fest – Carnegie Mellon University
  • School of Economic Sciences – Student Seminar Series

Research Experience

  • Research Assistant-School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, U.S. August 2018-Present
  • Research Assistant-College of Business Administration, Kent State University, US. August 2016-May 2018

Teaching Experience

  • Lead Instructor-Washington State University
    • Principles of Microeconomics, EconS 101-Fall 2022
    • Principles of Microeconomics, EconS 101-Spring 2022
    • Principles of Microeconomics, EconS 101-Fall 2021
    • Advanced Business Management Economics, EconS 452-Fall 2020
  • Teaching Assistant-Washington State University.
    • Ph.D. Microeconomic Theory II, EconS 503-Spring 2020
    • Aspects of Sustainable Development, EconS 326 -Spring 2019
    • Principles of Microeconomics, EconS 101-Fall 2018
  •     Teaching Assistant-Kent State University.
    • Principles of Macroeconomics, Econ 22061-Fall 2016


  • Mercer Ranches SES Specialty Crops Fellowship-Washington State University, Spring & Summer 2022.
  • Data Science for Social Good-Carnegie Mellon University, Summer 2022.

Professional Activities

  • Memberships:
    • American Economic Association (AEA).
    • Mechanism Design For Social Good (MD4SG) – Development Group
    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).


Computer:  Python, R, SAS, STATA, SQL, LaTex





  • Barnette Justin & Reynolds C. Lockwood & Odongo Kennedy, 2021. “Changes Over Time in the Cost of Job Loss for Young Men and Women,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 21(1), pages 335-378, January.


Contact Info:

GitHub: Kennedy Odongo

LinkedIn: Kennedy Odongo

Office Location:

323F Hulbert Hall
School of Economic Sciences
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6210