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: <https://www.uoguelph.ca/fare/institute/podcasts>. He has served as an editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and is currently president of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.
Awards and Honours
McCain Family Chair in Food Security, 2014-Present
Distinguished Extension Award, Ontario Agricultural College, 2018
Teaching Excellence Award from the University Central Student Association, 2010
Professor & McCain Family Chair in Food Security
Research Related Websites
Ontario Farmland Value and Rental Value Survey
The aim of this survey is to generate and provide public information about farmland values and rental rates. This research is being funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Results from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 survey rounds are available now.
Collaborative Relationships Between First Nations and Municipalities in Ontario
The central aim of this project is to identify the potential scope for water sharing in the Province, and factors influencing communities to choose to engage, or not engage, in these exchanges. Researchers will explore the potential for collaborative water arrangements between First Nations and municipalities in Ontario, and assess water sharing as one possible solution in the broader portfolio of solutions needed to address drinking water quality issues on reserves.
OAC Convocation Ceremony – 22 February 2017
Selected Articles from 2007-2019
Deaton, B. James and Jamie Baxter. 2019. "Towards a better understanding of the experience of heirs on heirs' property." U.S. Department of Agriclulture , Forest Service, SRS-244 <<https://www.srs.fs.>> .gov/pubs/58543
Deaton, B. James, A. Scholz, B. Lipka. 2019 (Forthcoming). “An empirical assessment of food security on First Nations in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1111/cjag.12208.
Kelly, L. D., Deaton, B. J., & Amegashie, J. A. 2019. The Nature of Property Rights in Haiti: Mode of Land Acquisition, Gender, and Investment. Journal of Economic Issues, 53 (3), 726-747.
Deaton, B. James. 2018. “Agricultural economics: Key commitments and institutional alertness.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 67: 5-14.
Deaton, B. James. 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 Development, 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.