Yujun Zhou

Ph.D. Candidate in Agricultural Economics, UIUC

EDUCATION

2014-2020 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. Agricultural Economics

Dissertation: “Three Essays on Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa”

2013-2014 University of California, Davis, M.S. Agricultural Economics

2009-2013 Nanjing University, B.A. Economics

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2019 Lentz, E. C., Michelson, H., Baylis, K., and Zhou, Y. (2019). A Data-Driven Approach Improves Food Insecurity Crisis Prediction. World Development, 122, 399-409. Available here.

Zhou, Y., and Baylis, K. (2019). Effects of Stock Holding Policy on Maize Prices: Evidence from Zambia, Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization, Under Review

Working Papers

Zhou, Y., Baylis, K. Lentz, E. C., and Michelson, H. “Predicting Food Security with Machine Learning”

Work in Progress

Evaluating the effects of landscape on honey bee disease, joint work with Lynn Adler, Rosemary Malfi, and Kathy Baylis

Trade and Food Security: Safety Net against Weather Shocks, joint work with Tess Lallement, Ben Crost, and Kathy Baylis

Extension and News Articles

2018 Zhou, Y., K. Baylis, J. Coppess and Q. Xie. “ What to Expect from USMCA (or NAFTA 1.01). “ Farmdoc Daily (8):211, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 15, 2018. Available here.

Zhou, Y., K. Baylis, J. Coppess and Q. Xie. “ Evaluating Potential Long-Run Impacts of Chinese Tariff on US Soybeans.” Farmdoc Daily (8):179, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, September 26, 2018. Available here.

Zhou, Y., K. Baylis, J. Coppess and Q. Xie. “ Dispatches from the Trade Wars.” Farmdoc Daily (8):162, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 29, 2018. Available here.

AWARDS AND HONORS

2019 ACES Graduate College Conference Travel Award (AAEA)

2018 Outstanding PhD Student of the Year in ACE Department

CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

2019 Ph.D. Seminar, Department of ACE, UIUC. “Effects of Stock Holding Policy on Maize Prices: Evidence from Zambia”

2018 Ph.D. Seminar, Department of ACE, UIUC. “A Data-Driven Approach Improves Food Insecurity Crisis Prediction”

2017 Ph.D. Seminar, Department of ACE, UIUC. “Weather Shocks and Food Security in Developing Countries”

Teaching Assistant

2018 ACE 451 Agriculture in International Development, undergraduate and graduate

2017 ACE 455 International Trade in Food and Agriculture, undergraduate and graduate

ACE 451 Agriculture in International Development, undergraduate and graduate

2016

ACE 455 International Trade in Food and Agriculture, undergraduate and graduate

Supervision of Undergraduate Students

2018 Husain Kurawadwala, “Different Food Security Metrics”

2017 Thomas Poole, “A Suitable Crop Model for Weather Shocks in Sub-Saharan Africa”

2016 Yufei Zhang, “Global Food Price Volatility and Trade Flows”

Liangyuan Yu, “Transportation Cost and Maize Prices in Rural Zambia”