Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Wendong Zhang, Associate Professor of Economics

Publications - Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters


30. Liu, Yangxuan, and Wendong Zhang. January 2022. "Nurturing International Graduate Students for a More Diversified and Inclusive Extension Workforce", Forthcoming at Applied Economics Teaching Resources 


29  Mei, Yingdan, Li Gao, Wendong Zhang, and Feng-an Yang. October 2021. Will Homeowners Benefit When Coal-fired Power Plants Switch to Natural Gas? Evidence from Beijing, China. Accepted at Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. (published version)


28. Xiong, Tao, Wendong Zhang, and Chen-Ti Chen. August 2021. A Fortune from Misfortune: Evidence from Hog Firms' Stock Price Responses to China's African Swine Fever. Accepted at Food Policy (published version)


27. Li, Minghao and Wendong Zhang. July 2021. Trade Policies Have Environmental Implications. Forthcoming at Nature Food (Invited News & Views Article) (publised version)


26. Basha, Albulena, Wendong Zhang, and Chad Hart, January 2021. The Impacts of Interest Rate Changes on US Midwest Farmland Values. Accepted at Agricultural Finance Review (Corresponding Author) (published version)


25. Zhang, Wendong, Sergio H. Lence, and Todd Kuethe, November 2020. Are Expert Opinions Accurate? Panel Data Evidence from Iowa Land Value Survey. Accepted at Land Economics


24. Zhang, Wendong. October 2020. The Case for Healthy U.S.-China Agricultural Trade Relations Despite Deglobalization Pressures. Forthcoming at Applied Economic Policy & Perspectives (published version)


23.  Sawadgo, Wendiam, Wendong Zhang, and Alejandro Plastina, April 2021, What Drives Landowners' Conservation Decisions? Evidence from Iowa. Accepted at Journal of Soil and Water Conservation (published version)


22.  Hasan, Syed, Attique Rehman, and Wendong Zhang. 2021. Who Can Work and Study from Home in Pakistan: Evidence from a 2018-19 Nationwide Household Survey, World Development (Corresponding Author) (published version)


21. Shao, Yongtong, Minghao Li, Dermot Hayes, Wendong Zhang, Tao Xiong, and Wei Xie. August 2020, China’s Missing Pigs: Correcting China’s Hog Inventory Data Using a Machine Learning Approach, Forthcoming at American Journal of Agricultural Economics (Corresponding Author) (published version)


20.  Li, Minghao, Edward Balistreri, and Wendong Zhang, 2020, The U.S.-China Trade War: Tariff Data and General Equilibrium Analysis, Journal of Asian Economics, Lead Article (published version)

19. Liu, Hongxing, Wendong Zhang, Elena Irwin, Jeffery Kast, Noel Aloysius, Jay F. Martin, and Margaret Kelcic. November 2020, Best Management Practices and Nutrient Reduction: An Integrated Economic-Hydrological Model of the Western Lake Erie Basin, Land Economics, 96(4): 510-530 (published version)


18. Irwin, Elena G., Geoffrey L. Buckley, Matthew Gnagey, Nicholas Irwin, David Newburn, Erin Pierce, Douglas Wrenn and Wendong Zhang. 2019. "The Role of Regulations and Norms in Land Use Change." In Science for the Sustainable City: Empirical Insights from the Baltimore School of Urban Ecology, edited by Steward T. A. Pickett, Mary L. Cadenasso, J. Morgan Grove, Elena G. Irwin, Emma J. Rosi, Christopher M. Swan, 112-31. NEW HAVEN; LONDON: Yale University Press (published version)


17. Grant, Marta, and Wendong Zhang. 2019. " Entrepreneurship and Start-ups in the Agricultural Industry”, Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (JASFMRA), 35-43 (published version)


16. Taylor, Mykel, and Wendong Zhang. 2019. "Training the Next Generation of Extension Economists", Choices, Quarter 2, 34 (2) (published version)


15. Wang, Pingping, Wendong Zhang, Minghao Li, and Yijun Han. 2019. "Does Fertilizer Education Program Increase the Technical Efficiency of Chemical Fertilizer Use? Evidence from Wheat Production in China", Sustainability 11(2) 543 (published version)


14. Gao, Li., Wendong Zhang, Yingdan Mei, Abdoul Sam, Yu Song, and Shuqin Jin. 2018. “Do Farmers Adopt Fewer Conservation Practices Rented Land? Evidence from Straw Retention in China”, Land Use Policy, 79: 609-621, (published version)


13. Aller, Deborah, Sotirios Archontoulis, Wendong Zhang, Wendiam Sawadgo, David Laird, and Kenneth Moore. 2018. "Long Term Biochar Effects on Corn Yield, Soil Quality, and Profitability in the US Midwest", Field Crops Research 227: 30-40 (published version)


12. Li, Minghao, Wendong Zhang, and Chad Hart. 2018. "What Have We Learned from China’s Past Trade Retaliation Strategies?" Choices. Lead Article. Quarter 2. (published version) (CARD policy brief 18-PB 22)


11. Zhang, Wendong, and Kristine Tidgren. April 2018. Current Farm Downturn vs. 1920s and 1980s Farm Crisis: An Economic and Legal Comparison. Agricultural Finance Review, Lead Article 78(4): 396-411  (published version) (CARD working paper 18-WP 577)


10. Zhang, Wendong, and Brent Sohngen. April 2018. Do US Anglers Care About Harmful Algal Blooms? A Choice Experiment of Lake Erie Recreational Anglers. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 100(3): 868-888 (published version) (CARD working paper 18 WP 573)

Media Coverage: Oxford University Press (OUP) Blog: Angling for Less HABs


9. Zhang, Wendong, Wei Zhang, and Chad Hart. 2018. Are Agricultural Professionals' Farmland Value and Crop Price Forecasts Consistent? Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (Journal of ASFMRA), Lead Article, 1-16, (CARD working paper 18 WP 578) (published version)


8. Rosli, Hafizi, Derrick Mayfield, Jean Batzer, Philip Dixon, Wendong Zhang, and Mark Gleason. 2017. Field Validation of a Modified Relative Humidity-Based System for Sooty Blotch and Flyspeck in Iowa. Plant Disease, 101(10): 1721-7128 (published version)


7. Zhang, Wendong, and Michael Duffy. 2017. Land Quality Perceptions in Expert Opinion Surveys: Evidence from Iowa. Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (Journal of ASFMRA), 89: 128-151 (published version) (CARD working paper 17 WP 574)


6. Zhang, Wendong, Robyn S. Wilson, Elizabeth Burnett, Elena G. Irwin, and Jay F. Martin. 2016. What Motivates Farmers to Apply Phosphorus at the "Right" Time? Survey Evidence from the Western Lake Erie Basin. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 42(6): 1343-1356 (published version)


5. Zhang, Wendong, and Zachariah Beek. 2016. Trends and Determinants of U.S. Farmland Values since 1910: Evidence from the Iowa Land Value Survey. Farm Policy Journal, 13(2) (published verison)


4. Zhang, Wendong, Douglas H. Wrenn, and Elena G. Irwin. 2016. Spatial Heterogeneity, Accessibility and Zoning: An Empirical Investigation of Leapfrog Development. Journal of Economic Geography, 17(3): 547-570 (published version)

- Winner, North American Regional Science Council Graduate-Student-Led Paper Competition, the 59th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Ottawa, ON, Canada, 2012


3. Zhang, Wendong. 2015. Three Essays on Land Use, Land Management, and Land Values in the Agro-Ecosystem, Ph.D. Dissertation, the Ohio State University (published version)

- Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, the Ohio State University, 2016

- Presidential Fellowship, the Graduate School, the Ohio State University, 2014-2015


2. Zhang, Wendong, and Cynthia J. Nickerson. 2015. The Housing Market Bust and Farmland Values: Identifying the Changing Influence of Proximity to Urban Centers. Land Economics, 91(4): 605-626. Lead Article (published version)

- Winner, North American Regional Science Council Graduate-Student-Led Paper Competition, the 60th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Atlanta, GA, 2013

- Winner, Best Paper Competition, Midwest Graduate Student Conference on Regional and Applied Economics, Columbus, OH, 2013


1. Nickerson, Cynthia J., and Wendong Zhang. 2014. Modeling the Determinants of Farmland Values in the U.S., in The Oxford Handbook of Land Economics, ed. Josh M. Duke and Junjie Wu. Oxford University Press, pp. 111-138 (published version)