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Wei Zhang

Asst Professor AY
  • Assistant Professor
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250 Drillfield Dr.
314 Hutcheson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061



Ph.D., Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, 2013

M.S., Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2008

B.S., Nankai University, China, 2005


My research focuses on the environmental and resource-use implications of agricultural production and the design of agri-environmental policy. I have also conducted research on environmental and agricultural issues in China and other developing countries. 

Current Projecs

USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and local water quality

Measures of biological capital in the form of living trees and vines

National Nature Reserves and rural communities in China

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Economics
  • Econometrics I
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Seminar in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics


Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, 2019-Present

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Connecticut College, 2014-2019

Post-doctoral Researcher, University of California Agricultural Issues Center, 2013-2014


Bovay, John and Wei Zhang. A Century of Profligacy? The Measurement and Evolution of Food Waste. Forthcoming, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

Zhang, Wei. 2018. Effects of a Local Air Quality Regulation on Dairy Farms in the San Joaquin Valley. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 100(3): 762-785.

Zhang, Wei and Julian M. Alston. 2018. The Demand for Inputs and Technical Change in the U.S. Dairy Manufacturing Industry. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 47(3): 533-567.

Zhang,Wei, C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell, and Victoria I. Umanskaya. 2017. The Effects of License Plate-Based Driving Restrictions on Air Quality: Theory and Empirical Evidence. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 82: 181-220.

Zhang, Wei and C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell. 2017. Market Power in Nonrenewable Resource Markets: An Empirical Dynamic Model. Land Economics, 93 (1): 74-86.

Stranlund, John and Wei Zhang. 2009. Bankruptcy Risk, Limited Liability and Imperfectly Enforced Emissions Taxes. Economics Bulletin, 29(4): 3134-3146.

Stranlund, John and Wei Zhang. 2008. Bankruptcy Risk and the Performance of Tradable Permit Markets. Economics Bulletin, 17(9): 1-9.