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University of Minnesota honors distinguished economist Harry Kaiser

Contacts: Becky Beyers, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, (612) 626-5754
Patty Mattern, University News Service, (612) 624-2801 or

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/08/2009) —Renowned economist and professor Harry Kaiser will be honored today with a presentation of the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award. 

The award is conferred on graduates or former students who have attained unusual distinction in their profession or in public service and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership. It is the highest non-degree award granted by the university. 
Kaiser, who earned his doctorate in agricultural and applied economics at the university in 1985, studies the social implications of agricultural economic policies and how such programs can best benefit producers. He and his staff at Cornell University conduct the annual federal economic analysis for the national dairy and fluid milk processor advertising programs, the pre-eminent tool in evaluating such programs' effectiveness.
He also has worked in experimental economics; with an emphasis on the private provision of public goods, and was involved with some of the first research that investigated the economic impacts of climate change on the U.S. agricultural sector. 
At Cornell, where he has been on the faculty for 23 years, Kaiser is the Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics and Management. He has published and edited many journal articles and is an active member and leader in numerous economics associations.

"Harry Kaiser's career offers us a rare model of excellence in the areas of research, outreach and teaching," said Allen Levine, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. "We're proud to have him as a CFANS distinguished alumnus." 

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