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Sant' Anna, Ana Claudia

Assistant Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Ana Claudia Sant’Anna is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Resource Economics and Management at West Virginia University. Her research interests focus on strategic decision making within the fields of agricultural production, agribusiness and ag finance. Recent projects have addressed willingness to adopt soil health practices, credit access and biofuel expansion in South America. At WVU, she teaches courses in agribusiness, agricultural finance and econometrics. She has received research grants institutions such as the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research Education – SARE.

Ana Claudia has published articles in journals such as, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Agribusiness, Agricultural Finance Review, Biomass & Bioenergy, International Food and Agribusiness Management and Applied Economics. She has also received a number of awards such as the Excellence in Review Awards in 2018 from Resources, Conservation & Recycling, the University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Award from Kansas State University and, the CNPq Brazilian National Award for Outstanding Performance in Initiation into Scientific Research. Ana Claudia earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. Prior to her current position, she was a post-doctoral researcher at The Ohio State University and part of the Farm Income Enhancement Program.


  1. Sant'Anna, A. C., & Katchova, A. L. (2022). How economic conditions changed the number of US Farms, 1960–1988: A replication and extension of Gale (1990) to midsize farms in the United States and abroad. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.
  2. Sant’Anna, A.C., Bergtold, J.S., Shanoyan, A., Caldas, M.M., Granco, G. 2022 “Biofuel feedstock contract attributes, substitutability and tradeoffs in sugarcane production for ethanol in the Brazilian Cerrado: A stated choice approach” Renewable Energy. 2022: 185, p. 665-679
  3. Nguemgaing, H.F. and Sant’Anna, A.C. (2022), "The impact of supply chain disruptions on stock market returns during COVID-19", Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 82 No. 4, pp. 732-764. 
  4. Sant’Anna, A.C., Katchova, A. L., Cowley, C. “Exploring the relationship between land values and credit availability” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2021:1-20
  5. Sant’Anna, A.C.; Katchova, A. “Determinants of land value volatility in the U.S. Corn Belt” Applied Economics 2020: 1-15
  6. Sant’Anna, A.C.; Bergtold, J.; Shanoyan, A.; Caldas, M.M.; Granco, G. “Examining the relationship between vertical coordination strategies and technical efficiency: Evidence from the Brazilian ethanol industry.” Agribusiness. 2018
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