Prithviraj Lakkakula  Dr. Prithviraj Lakkakula

Assistant Professor (Research and Extension)
Appointment: Tenure-track
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

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Member of Editorial Council, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (JARE), 2018—Present.

Research Areas
Agribusiness, Trade, Policy Analysis, Demand & Price Analysis, Machine Learning, enterprise budgets, and research at the intersection of Blockchain Technology-Agriculture/Food space.

Peer-Reviewed Publications
Lakkakula, P., and Wilson, W. (2020). Origin and Export Basis Interdependencies in Soybeans: A Panel Data Analysis. Forthcoming in the Journal of Agricultural Resource Economics.

Lakkakula, P., Bullock, D., and Wilson, W. (2020). Blockchain Technology in International Commodity Trading. The Journal of Private Enterprise, 35 (2): 23-46.

Lakkakula, P., and Schmitz, A. (2019). U.S. Sweeteners: Combating Excess Consumption with an Excise Tax? Agricultural Economics. DOI: 10.1111/agec.12508.

Lakkakula, P. (2018). Potential Impact of Sweetener Input Tax on Public Health. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. DOI: 10.1007/s40258-018-0428-0.

Lakkakula, P., and Olson, F. (2017). Sweeteners May Leave a Sour Note on NAFTA Renegotiations. Choices. Quarter 4.

Lakkakula, P. (2017). What are the Effects of GST on Indian Agriculture? The Case of Turmeric. Economic & Political WEEKLY 52 (41).

Lakkakula, P. (2017). Testing Causality Among Five Fertilizer Prices. Applied Economics Letters. DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2017.1352067

Lakkakula, P., Schmitz, A., and Ripplinger, D. (2016). U.S. Sweetener Demand Analysis: A QUAIDS Model Application. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 41 (3): 533-548.

Lakkakula, P., Dixon, B.L., Thomsen, M. R., Wailes, E. J., and Danforth, D. M. (2015). Global Rice Trade Competitiveness: A Shift-Share Analysis. Agricultural Economics. DOI: 10.1111/agec.12162.

Lakkakula, P., and Schmitz, A. (2013). Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) Consumpiton Shifts: Change in Tastes or Relative Prices? International Sugar Journal 115: 555-559.  

Book Chapters
Lakkakula, P., Haynes, D.J., and Schmitz, T.G. (2015). Genetic Engineering and Food Security: A Welfare Economics Perspective. Food Security in an Uncertain World (Frontiers of Economics and Globalization), Volume 15 (pp. 179-193). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Awarded $76,206 grant (as a Principal Investigator) for Pea and Lentil Market Analysis from USDA/AMS/ND Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program October 2015-June 2017.

Teaching Experience
ECON 343: Agricultural Price Analysis (at North Dakota State University)
ECON 341: Intermediate Microeconomics (at North Dakota State University)
AEB 5516: Quantitative Methods in Agribusiness (at University of Florida)

Popular Press
Interviewed in AGWEEK about the effects of reciprocal tariffs on pulse producers. []

Spotlight on Economics: NAFTA renegotiation and Issues related to Sweetener Trade. []

What is Big Data in the Context of Agriculture? []

Honors and Awards
Received an award [Honorable Mention] for “Sweeteners May Leave a Sour Note on NAFTA Renegotiations” under Outstanding Choices Article category at AAEA Annual Meetings, Washington DC, 2018.

Received the Grinter Fellowship Award of $2200 for an outstanding (incoming) Ph.D. student, Gainesville, FL, August 2010-July 2011.

Ph.D. (Food and Resource Economics), University of Florida, Gainesville, United States.
M.S. (Agricultural Economics), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, United States.
B.Sc. (Agriculture), Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad, India.

Certification Programs Completed
Executive Education on Blockchain Technologies: Business Innovation and Application, MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2018.

Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) in Data Science, Microsoft Corporation, 2019.

Date joined TSU: September 1, 2020