Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Keri L. Jacobs, Associate Professor of Economics and Extension Economist

Associate Professor of Economics and Extension Economist

Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Endowed Economics Professor

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Contact Information

Keri L Jacobs
Iowa State University
578C Heady Hall
518 Farmhouse Lane
Ames, IA 50011-1070



Dr. Keri L. Jacobs is the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Economics Endowed Professor, an associate professor, and extension economist in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. She received a B.A. in economics and business administration from Coe College in 1996 and a Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University in 2010. In her role at ISU, she is an undergraduate educator, researcher, and extension specialist with a focus on cooperatives. In her extension capacity, Jacobs’ provides education and content to cooperative boards, management and other co-op stakeholders. The extension programming is designed to enhance the effectiveness of cooperative organizations and support their efforts in managing sustainable organizations by building capacity in human capital and providing sector financial analysis. Jacobs’ extension work draws from her current research, including the financial and equity conditions of agricultural cooperatives and agribusiness consolidation. She also has research projects on biomass production for biofuels and farm level production decisions under uncertainty. Dr. Jacobs teaches the undergraduate economics course in Cooperatives (ECON 332).