Lilyan FulginitiJudith and Roy Frederick Professor


307C Filley Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0922

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests

  • International Agricultural Development
  • Agricultural Production/Policy 
  • Applied Microeconomics


Lilyan Fulginiti specializes on research in production economics and microeconomic foundations of growth with an emphasis on international agricultural development and sustainability of resource use. Fulginiti began her career as an economist with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. where she had the opportunity to work in developing countries focusing on the political economy of agricultural pricing policies. She joined the faculty at Iowa State University in 1989 and has been with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1996, where she is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and a fellow of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute. She has published extensively in professional journals and has contributed to books and articles in other outlets. She teaches production economics, and agricultural development in the Ph.D. program and an undergraduate environmental and energy economics course.

She earned a doctorate from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Argentina.

Fulginiti was honored twice with an Organization of American States Fellowship, an American Association of University Women International Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation award and an international fellowship from Rotary International. In 2015 she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2016 she received the Best Journal Article Award from the International Association of Agricultural Economists. During 2013-2015 she was a member of USDA’s External Review Committee of ERS Agricultural Productivity Accounts.

She is an associate editor of the Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development and the Journal of Productivity Analysis, was on the editorial board of the Journal of Global Food Security, and has been associate editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.


Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1987
M.A., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1980
Licenciada en Economia, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Argentina, 1978


  • UHON 395H - Carbonomics: Can Bioenergy Save the World? (student research papers
  • ENSC 230 - Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy 
  • AECN 901E/ECON 923 - Microfoundations of Economic Growth and Development I 
  • AECN 902E - Microfoundations of Economic Growth and Development II
  • AECN 901A - Economics of Production and Supply I
  • ACEN 902A - Economics of Production and Supply II 
  • AECN 901B - International Agricultural Trade 


Selected Publications

Perrin R., L. Fulginiti and M. Alhassan. 2016. “Biomass from Marginal Cropland: Willingness of North Central US Farmers to Produce Switchgrass on Their Least Productive Fields.” Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, in press.

Quin, J., T. Awada, F. Trindade, L. Fulginiti, and R. Perrin. 2016. "Combining habitat loss and agricultural intensification improves our understanding of drivers of change in avian abundance in a North American cropland anthrome." Ecology and Evolution, first published online: December 2016, doi 10.1002/ece3.2670.

Bairagi, S., R. Perrin, L. Fulginiti, T. Clemente, C. Hungate, and G. Key. 2016. “Economic feasibility of high Omega-3 soybean oil in mariculture diets: A sustainable replacement for fish oil.” Aquaculture Economics and Management, first published online: October 7, 2016,

Sesmero, J.P., and L. E. Fulginiti. 2016. “Sustainable Consumption with an Essential Exhaustible Resource Re-Examined". Theoretical Economic Letters, vol. 6 (3): 464-473.

Shumway, R., B. Fraumeni, L. Fulginiti, J. Samuels, and S. Stefanou. 2016. “U.S. Agricultural Productivity: A Review of USDA Economic Research Service Methods.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policies, vol. 38 (1): 1-29.

Sesmero, J. P., R. K. Perrin and L. E. Fulginiti. 2016. “A Variable Cost Function for Corn Ethanol Plants in the Midwest.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol. 64(3): 565–587.

Trindade, F. and L.E. Fulginiti. 2015. “Is there a Slowdown in Agricultural Productivity Growth in South America?Agricultural Economics, vol. 46 (1): 69-81.

Fulginiti, L. E. 2013. “In Memoriam: Catherine Morrison Paul, 1953-2010.” Journal of Productivity Analysis, December 2013.

Sesmero, J. P., Perrin, R. K., and Fulginiti, L. 2012 “Environmental Efficiency Among Corn Ethanol Plants.” Biomass and Bioenergy Journal, vol. 46(November): 634-644.

Plastina, A. and L.E. Fulginiti. 2012. “Rates of Return to Public Agricultural Research in 48 U.S. States: 1949-1991.” Journal of Productivity Analysis, vol. 37(2): 95-113.

Sun, L., L. E. Fulginiti and Y. Chen. 2010. “Taiwanese Industry Competitiveness when Outward FDI is Defensive.” Journal of Asian Economics

Huang, R., L. E. Fulginiti and E. W. Peterson. 2010. “Health and Growth: Causality through Education.” China Agricultural Economic Review, vol. 2 (3).

Fulginiti, L.E., "What comes first, agricultural growth or democracy?"  Agricultural Economics, vol. 41(2010), 15-24.

Fulginiti, L.E. "Estimating Griliches' k-shifts" American Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol. 92(2010), 86-101.

Fulginiti, L.E. and R.K. Perrin, "Pricing and Welfare Impacts of New Crop Traits: The Role of IPRs and Coase's Conjecture Revisited," AgBioForum, 11(2), 134-144

Onofri, A. and L.E. Fulginiti, "Public Inputs and Dynamic Producer Behavior: Endogenous Growth in U.S. Agriculture," Journal of Productivity Analysis, online first (April 2008).

Bharati, P. and L.E. Fulginiti, "Institution and Agricultural Productivity in Mercosur," in E.C. Teixeira and M.J. Braga, (eds.), Institutions and Economic Development, Vicosa, MG, Brasil, Os Editores, 2007, pp. 1.

Perrin, R. and L.E. Fulginiti, "Intellectual Property Institutions for Plant Breeding," in Institutions and Economic Development, E.C. Teixeira and M.J. Braga, eds., 2007 

Sun, L., L.E. Fulginiti, and E.W. Peterson, "Accounting for Agricultural Decline with Economic Growth in Taiwan," Agricultural Economics, vol. 36(2007), 2-03: 181-190.

Sun, L., and L.E. Fulginiti, "Accounting for Taiwan's GDP Growth: Parametric and Non-parametric Estimates," Journal of the Chinese Statistical Association, vol. 45 (2007): 74-98.

Fulginiti, L. E. and R. K. Perrin, "Productivity and Welfare," Journal of Productivity Analysis, 24, 2: 133-155.

Fulginiti, L.E., R.K. Perrin, and B. Yu. "Institutions and Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa," Agricultural Economics, 31, 2-3(December 2004): 169-180.

Perrin, R.K. and L.E. Fulginiti, "Dynamic Pricing of Genetically Modified Crop Traits," in The Governance of Agricultural Biotechnology, R.E. Evenson and V. Santaniello, eds., CABI, 2004,

Perrin, R.K. and L. E. Fulginiti. "Technological Change and Welfare in an Open Economy with Distortions," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 83 (May 2001): 455-464.