Brady Deaton, Jr.

Professor Deaton is Professor and McCain Family Chair in Food Security in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph.  His research focuses on natural resources in food production, rural development, and environmental quality. Property rights and ownership of natural resources figure prominently in his research and teaching efforts. He has examined the relationships between natural resources and economic development in a number of different settings including: Canada, First Nations, the United States, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Haiti. In 2017 he gave testimony before sub-committees of both the Canadian Senate and the House of Commons on issues related to farmland and farmland ownership. In 2010, he founded a podcast series called FARE Talk. The podcasts address important contemporary issues in food, agricultural, and resource economics. It is available here: <>. He has served as an editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and is currently president-elect of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. 


2017 Ontario Farmland Value and Farmland Rental Survey:

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Ontario Farmland Value and Farmland Rental Survey Presentation

View The 2017 Farmland Value and Rental Value Survey

View The 2016 Farmland Value and Rental Value Survey


Two previous studies:

  • Do Farmland Ownership Patterns Explain Variation In Farmland Rental
  • Does Tenure Status Influence the Adoption of Agricultural Management Practices?

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Professor & McCain Family Chair in Food Security

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Research Impact

Resource Economics, Property in Land, Food and Agricultural Standards, Anticommons, Hedonic Methods.



Brady Speaking At The Senate    Brady Speaking At The OAC Convocation


Paul Krugman's Geography and Trade - Reviewed by Zachary Daly (Video)

Featured Publications

B. James Deaton, Chad Lawley, Karthik Nadella. 2018. "Renters, landlords, and farmland stewardship." Agricultural Economics. 00: 1-11.

David Worden and B. James Deaton. 2017. "Better Safe than Sorry? The cost of high standards for water system expansion. Water Resources and Economics 19: 18-27.

Hailu, Getu and B. James Deaton.2016. "Agglomeration Effects in Ontario's Dairy Farming” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 98(4):1055-1073 

Bryan, James, B. James Deaton, Alfons Weersink. 2015.; Landlord-Tenant Relationships and Farmland Rents” Land Economics  91(4):650-663 

Lipka, Bethany and B. James Deaton. 2015. “Do Water Provision Contracts with Neighboring Communities Reduce Drinking Water Risk on Canadian Reserves.” Water Resources and Economics 11: 22-32. 

Deaton, B. James and Richard Vyn. 2015. " The Effect of Ontario's Greenbelt on the Price of Vacant Farmland." Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 63(2): 185- 208.

Deaton, B. James and Bethany Lipka. 2015. "Political Instability and Food Security." Journal of Food Security 3(1): 29-33.

Deaton, B. James, G. Hailu, and X Zhoue. 2014. "Poverty in Canada: Does Manufacturing Matter?" Growth and Change 45(2): 362-376.

Doidge, M., B. J. Deaton, B. Lipka. 2013. "Institutional Change on First Nations: Examining First Nations' Adoption of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management." Journal of Aboriginal Economic Develoment 8(2): 70-78.

Deaton, B. James. 2012. "A Review and Assessment of the Heirs' Property Issue in the United States." Journal of Economic Issues XLVI(3): 615-631.

Deaton, B. James and Ekaterina Niman. 2012. "An empirical examination of the relationship between mining employment and poverty in the Appalachian region." Applied Economics. 44: 303-312.

Deaton, B. James and Richard Vyn. 2010. "The effect of strict agricultural zoning on agricultural land values: the case of Ontario's Greenbelt." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 92(4): 941-955. [Authorship equally shared as indicated in article]

Deaton, B. James, Lawrence Busch, Warren J. Samuels, and Paul B. Thompson. 2010. "A note on the economy of qualities: attributing production practices to agricultural practices." Journal of Rural Social Sciences 25(3):99-110.

Deaton,B. James, Jamie Baxter and Carolyn Bratt.2009. "Assessing the consequences of heir property." Ecological Economics 68: 2344-2353.

Ahmed, Irina, B. James Deaton, Rakhal Sarker. 2008. "Wetland ownership and management in a common property setting: A case study of Hakaluki Haor in Bangladesh." Ecological Economics: 68(1): 429-436.

Cranfield, John, B. James Deaton, Shreenivas Shellikeri. 2008. "Evaluating Consumer Preferences for Organic Food Production Standards. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics." Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 57(1):99-117. [Authorship equally shared as indicated in article]

Deaton, B. James, Anastasia M. Lintner, and Donna R. Harrington. 2008. "Evaluating an Environmental Right: Information Disclosure, Public Comment, and Government Decision Making in Ontario." Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 56: 277-294.

Deaton, B. James. 2007. "Intestate Succession and Heir Property: Implications for Future Research on the Persistence of Poverty in Central Appalachia." Journal of Economic Issues,vol. XLI (December): 927-942.