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Etienne, Xiaoli

Assistant Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Dr. Etienne received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2013, and joined the Division of Resource Economics and Management in August 2014. Dr. Etienne’s research interests include commodity marketing, applied price analysis, forecasting, risk management, and policy analysis. Her on-going research applies quantitative methods to address important issues in agricultural and energy markets, including the impact of financial speculations, price discovery, spatial price integration, and forecasting commodity prices in volatile time periods. Her current research portfolio also includes, among others, applied econometrics, technical efficiency of agricultural production, and interdisciplinary projects on food safety.


Dr. Etienne’s work has been featured in the Financial Times and  Reuters, and has appeared in various outlets such as the American Journal of Agricultural EconomicsAgricultural Economics,  Journal of International Money and Finance, and  Oxford Economic Papers, just to name a few.

Select Publications

  1. Scarcioffolo, A.* and X.L. Etienne. “How Connected Are the U.S. Regional Natural Gas Markets in the Post-Deregulation Era? Evidence from Time-Varying Connectedness Analysis.” Journal of Commodity Market. Forthcoming. doi.org/10.1016/j.jcomm.2018.09.004
  2. Etienne, X.L., G. Ferrara, and D. Mugabe*. “How Efficient Is Maize Production among Smallholder Farmers in Zimbabwe? A Comparison of Semiparametric and Parametric Frontier Efficiency Analyses.” Applied Economics. Forthcoming. doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2018.1558363
  3. Aratuo, D.N.* and X.L. Etienne. 2019. “Industry-Level Analysis of Tourism-Economic Growth in the United States.” Tourism Management. 70: 333-340.
  4. Etienne, X.L., S.H. Irwin, and P. Garcia. 2018. “Speculation and Corn Prices.” Applied Economics. 50(44): 4724-4744.
  5. Li, J.*, J.P. Chavas, X.L. Etienne, and C. Li. 2017. “Commodity Price Bubbles and Macroeconomics: Evidence from Chinese Agricultural Markets.” Agricultural Economics. 48(6): 755-768.
(* denotes student)

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