Ph.D., Agricultural Economics,Purdue University, 2007
M.S., Agricultural Economics & Business, University of Guelph (Canada), 2003
B.A., Agricultural Studies & Economics, University of Lethbridge (Canada),2000
My program develops innovative empirical methods to evaluate the economic impacts of domestic and international policies affecting economic welfare and the exchange of goods and services between countries. I develop and apply these methods to inform national and international policy-makers about the economic costs and benefits of alternative trade policies with a specific focus on institutions such as the World Trade Organization, bilateral and regional free trade agreements, and tariffs and non-tariff measures impacting trade. I maintain an active interest in regional and multilateral trade negotiations and trade disputes and have participated in numerous projects on international trade issues in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and abroad.
Role of Graduate Students
Graduate students are an integral part of my research program. I typically advise or co-advise 3-4 graduate students at any given time. Many of my publications including journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports are co-authored with graduate students.
New Partners and New Product Varieties: A Decomposition of the Growth of United States and WTO Member Agri-food Trade (09/2011 – 09/2013)
Funding Source: Economic Research Service, USDA
The Effectiveness of Regional Trade Agreements: Coverage, Depth, and Scope (04/2012 – 09/2013)
Funding Source: Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research and Competitiveness Network
Agricultural Trade Costs: 1975-2010
Elevator Pitch: Trade costs are notoriously difficult to measure. However, through manipulation of the gravity equation an indirect measure of trade costs provides some intriguing clues. Joint with Shuwen Duan
How Significant is the Growth of Regionalism for Global Agricultural Trade?
Elevator Pitch: The empirical trade literature overwhelmingly supports that regional trade agreements increase members’ trade. However, a finer classification of these agreements based on their trade liberalization ambition reveals that only “deep integration agreements” matter for trade. Joint with Klaus Moeltner and Lera Oscherov
Do Maximum Residue Limits Affect U.S. Trade?
Elevator Pitch: How do SPS-related food safety measures such as maximum residue limits on pesticides influence trade patterns in fresh fruits and vegetables? Joint with Everett Peterson
Evaluating the Trade Restrictiveness of SPS Measures on US Fruit and Vegetable Exports
Elevator Pitch: A novel database on specific pest mitigation SPS treatments is developed to increase understanding about the effects of non-tariff measures. Joint with Everett Peterson
Region and Product Specific Trade Diversion
Elevator Pitch: Trade diversion is always a potential consequence of free trade agreements but how many countries and products are actually affected? Joint with Chris Parmeter
Does the WTO Promote Effective Regional Trade Agreements?
Elevator Pitch: The Committee on Regional Trade Agreements (CRTA) is charged with overseeing the compliance of RTAs once an agreement is notified to the WTO. This paper tests whether notification, rather than entry into force, affects trade. Joint with Chris Parmeter
Relative Preference Margins in Agri-Food Trade
Elevator Pitch: Preference margins – usually defined as the difference between the preferential rate and the Most Favored Nation (MFN) rate – are becoming less relevant as most countries benefit from preferential treatment in import markets. A better measure of preferential margins captures the tariff preference relative to the preference rate enjoyed by competing suppliers.
Do International Trade Agreements Increase the Stability of Members’ Agri-Food Trade?
Elevator Pitch: Trade agreements seem to increase members’ agricultural trade, but do they make trade more stable and predictable? Joint with Shahid Talukdar
- AAEC 6304, International Trade and Finance
- AAEC 5026, Applied Microeconomics
- AAEC 3024, Global and Monetary Issues in Applied Economics
- AAEC 3514, Agricultural Futures and Options
- AAEC 6004, Graduate Seminar Course
I maintain an active role in advising graduate students. During my tenure at Virginia Tech I have completed 14 students and currently advise or co-advise four Ph.D students. I am also involved in undergraduate advising. I am the current faculty advisor to the Commodity Investing by Students (COINs), a $0.5 million endowment fund created for students to gain real-life exposure trading agricultural commodities.
- Associate Professor, Dept. of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, June 2013-Present
- Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, August 2007-June 2013
- Graduate Research Fellow, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, August 2003- August 2007
American Agricultural & Applied Economics Association 2012 Outstanding Journal Article- Honorable Mention
2012 Teacher of the Week, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Virginia Tech
Selected recent publications
Peterson, E., J.H. Grant, D. Roberts, and V. Karov. 2013. “Evaluating the Trade Restrictiveness of Phytosanitary Measures on US Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exports,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, (In Press)
Grant, J.H. 2013. “Is the Growth of Regionalism as Significant as the Headlines Suggest? Lessons from Agricultural Trade,” Agricultural Economics, 44(1): 93-109.
Vollrath, Tom, Jason Grant, and Charles Hallahan. 2012. “Reciprocal Trade Agreements: Impacts on U.S. and Foreign Suppliers in Commodity and Manufactured Food Markets,” Economic Research Reports, 138: 1-40.
Grant, Jason and Kathryn Boys. 2012. “Agricultural Trade and the GATT/WTO: Does Membership Make a Difference?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 94(1): 1-24.
Grant, Jason, Dayton Lambert and Kenneth Foster. 2010. “A Seasonal Inverse Demand System for North American Fresh Tomatoes,” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 58(2): 215-234.
Grant, Jason, Thomas Hertel, and Thomas Rutherford. 2009. “Contrasting Bilateral and Most Favored Nation Tariff-Quota Reform Options,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 91(3): 673-684.
Grant, Jason and Dayton Lambert. 2008. “Do Regional Trade Agreements Increase Members’ Agricultural Trade?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 90(3): 765-782.