Yefan Nian

Yefan Nian

Ph.D. Student

University of Florida

Yefan Nian is a PhD students in Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida. His research interests lie in the fields of experimental economics and applied econometrics. In particular, using econometric methods and applied micro-economic theory, he has (1) explored internal and external factors that affect agricultural producers’ adoptions of efficient irrigation technologies in the U.S. (2) examined the role of social capital played in the provision of public irrigation services in North China.

His current research focuses on grafting technology adoption issue in the United States. Specifically, he has developed an economic decision tool for producers to make informed decisions about the costs and benefits of using grafting production system in their vegetable farms. In addition, he works in a multi-disciplinary team to identify and quantify the impact of on-farm grafting technology adoption on producers and the environment. [Download my CV]

Interests

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Education

  • PhD in Food and Resource Economics, Expected 2022

    University of Florida

  • MS in Agricultural Economics, 2018

    University of Arkansas

  • BS in Public Administration, 2013

    South China University of Technology

  • BS in Economics and Finance, 2013

    South China University of Technology

Teaching

I have been the teaching assistant for the following courses:

  • AGEC2403 Quantitative Tools for Agribusiness (Undergraduate course, Instructor: Dr. Qiuqiong Huang, University of Arkansas, 2016 Fall and 2017 Fall)
  • AEB3510 Quantitative Methods in Food and Resource Economics (Undergraduate course, Instructor: Dr. Luis Moisés Peña Lévano and Dr. Misti Sharp, University of Florida, 2018 Fall, 2019 Spring, and 2019 Fall) Syllabus

  • AEB4342 Agribusiness and Food Marketing and Management (Undergraduate course, Instructor: Dr. Bi Xiang, University of Florida, 2020 Spring) Syllabus

  • AEB3341 Selling Strategically (Undergraduate course, Instructor: Dr. John Lai, University of Florida, 2020 Fall and 2021 Spring)

I have been guest lecture for the following courses:

  • AEB3510 Quantitative Methods in Food and Resource Economics (Undergraduate course, University of Florida, 2018 Fall)

    – Topic: Using Excel Solver to solve optimization questions

  • AEB6553 Elements of Econometrics (Graduate course, University of Florida, 2020 Spring)

    – Topic: Hypothesis Testing

Extension Work

Vegetable Grafting Economic Decision Support Tool

This online decision support tool is built based on Python Django framework. It allows the user to evaluate the economic returns of adopting grafted vegetable production. It integrates partial budget comparison analysis, sensitivity analysis, and break-even analysis to help the user understand the economic benefits of adopting vegetable grafting technology and thereby make informed management decisions for improvement.
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Conference Presentations

  • Nian, Y.,M. Mattia, F. Gmitter, Z. Gao, and J. Chen. “The Impact of Health-relatedInformation on Consumers’ WTP for Food Products: Does the Format Matter?” Selected paper presentation American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting.Atalanta, GA 2019.

  • Nian, Y.,L. Shi, Z. Gao, and R. Zhao. “Is People’s Daily Lifestyle Consistent with TheirFood Purchasing Behavior?” Selected poster presentation American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting.Atalanta, GA 2019.

  • Nian, Y.,Z. Gao, and X. Zhao. “Developing an Economic Decision-Support Tool for Growers’ Adoption of Grafting Technology in the United States.” Selected paper presentation Second International Symposium on Vegetable Grafting Charlotte, NC 2019.

  • Nian, Y.,Q. Huang, K. Kovacs, and C. Henry. 2018. “The Use of Irrigation Practices by Arkansas Producers, the Impacts and Influence Factors.” Selected paper presentation at Southern Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting. Jacksonville, FL 2018.

  • Nian, Y.and Q. Huang. “Can Social Capital Boost Irrigation Capital? Evidence fromNorth China.” Selected presentation at American Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting.Chicago, IL August 1, 2017.

  • Nian, Y.,Q. Huang, K. Kovacs, and C. Henry. “Factors Influencing the Adoption of Wate rManagement Practices in Arkansas.” Selected paper presentation at Arkansas Water Resources Center Annual Watershed and Research Conference.Fayetteville, AR July 25, 2017.

  • Nian, Y. and Q. Huang. “Social Trust and Investment in Rural Public Goods: Evidence from China.” Selected paper presentation at Western Agricultural Economics Association 2018Annual Meeting.Lake Tahoe, NV July 10, 2017.

  • Nian, Y., and Q. Huang. 2018. “Factors that Influence the Adoption and the Continued Use of Irrigation Technologies and Water Management Practices.” Selected paper presentation at Western Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting. Lake Tahoe, NV July 10, 2017.

Honors and Awards

  • Ofelia Anzola Memorial Scholarship, University of Florida, 2020 Spring

  • Phillip L. Herndon Endowment in Economics, University of Florida, 2020 Spring

  • Harold B. Clark Award, University of Florida, 2019 Spring

  • Certificate of Teaching with Technology, University of Florida, 2019 Spring

  • Outstanding Gradate Student, University of Arkansas, 2018 Spring

  • AAEA Travel Grant, 2019 Summer and 2017 Summer

  • WAEA Travel Grant, 2017 Summer

Skills

STATA

R

Python

Statistics

Latex

JavaScript