Richard PerrinProfessor


208B Filley Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0922

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests

I'm interested in productivity - how to measure it, how it happens, who benefits from it. Technology assessment (ex-ante and ex-post) is part of that story.
I'm interested in biofuels - their impacts on agriculture, the climate and the environment.
I'm interested in the potential for the Great Plains and its aquifer to be able to help feed the burgeoning world population in a sustainable manner.


Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University, 1968
B.S. Agricultural Business, Iowa State University, 1960


ENSC 230 Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy
AECN 840 Applied Welfare and Policy Analysis
AECN 873 Microeconomic Models and Applications
AECN 896 Technology Assessment
AECN 901 Production Economics

Selected Publications

Perrin, Richard K, Mustapha Alhassan and Lilyan Fulginiti. 2016. Biomass from Marginal Cropland: Willingness of North Central US Farmers to Produce Switchgrass on Marginal Fields. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining (accepted, Nov 2016)

Quinn, J.E. , T. Awada, F. Trindade , L. Fulginiti, 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 (early view 1/3/2017). DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2670.

Bairagi, Subir, Richard Perrin, Lilyan Fulginiti, Thomas Clemente, Cory Hungate and Gavin Key. 2016. Economic Feasibility of high Omega-3 soybean oil in mariculture diets: A sustainable replacement for fish oil. Aquaculture Economics and Management DOI: 10.1080/13657305.2016.1228711.

Sesmero, Juan P., Richard K. Perrin and Lilyan E. Fulginiti. 2016. “A variable cost function for corn ethanol plants in the Midwest”. Canadian J. of Agr. Econ 64(3):565-587. DOI: 10.1111/cjag.12097.

Sesmero, J., Perrin, R., and Fulginiti, L. 2012. “Environmental Efficiency Among Corn Ethanol Plants”, Biomass and Bioenergy 46:634–644. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.06.033.

Perrin, R., J. Sesmero, K. Wamisho and D. Bacha. 2012. Biomass supply costs for Great Plains delivery points. Biomass and Bioenergy, 37(Feb):213-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.12.010

Blomendahl, Ben H., Richard K. Perrin and Bruce B. Johnson. 2011. The impact of Ethanol Plants on Surrounding Farmland Values: A Case Study. Land Economics, 87(2):223-232.

Liska A. and R. Perrin. "Energy and Climate Implications for Agricultural Nutrient Use Efficiency. " Chapter 1, IN: Clay D. and Shanahan J. (eds.), GIS Applications in Agriculture, Vol. Two: Nutrient Management for Improved Energy Efficiency. CRC Press, Boca Raton FL, 2011.

Liska, Adam J. and Richard K Perrin. "Securing Foreign Oil: A Case for Including Military Operations in the Climate Change Impact of Fuels" Environment, 52(40):9-22 July-August, 2010.

Perrin,R.K., Nickolas F. Fretes and Juan Pablo Sesmero. Efficiency in Midwest US corn ethanol plants: A plant survey. Energy Policy 37(4):1309-1316, April, 2009.

Liska, Adam J. and Richard K Perrin. "Indirect land use emissions in the life cycle of biofuels: regulations vs science." Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining Published Online: Apr 17 2009, DOI: 10.1002/bbb.153 

Schmer, M.R., K.P. Vogel, R.B. Mitchell, and R.K. Perrin. "Net Energy of Cellulosic Ethanol from Switchgrass." Proc. Nat. Academy of Sciences 105 (2):464-469, Jan 15, 2008.

Perrin, Richard, Kenneth Vogel, Marty Schmer and Rob Mitchell. "Farm-Scale Production Cost of Switchgrass for Biomass." BioEnergy Research 1(1):91-97, March, 2008.

Perrin, R.K., & Fulginiti, L.E. Pricing and welfare impacts of new crop traits: The role of IPRs and Coase's conjecture revisited. AgBioForum, 11(2), 134-144, 2008. .

Fulginiti, Lilyan E, and Richard K. Perrin. "Productivity and Welfare", The Journal of Productivity Analysis 49(2):133-155, October, 2005.

Fulginiti, Lilyan, Richard K. Perrin and Bingxin Yu. "Institutions and Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Agriculture", Agricultural Economics 31/2-3:169-180, 2004.

Rezek, Jon and Richard K. Perrin. "Environmentally Adjusted Agricultural Productivity in the Great Plains", Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 29(2):346-369, August, 2004.