Getu Hailu

Getu Hailu is a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) at the University of Guelph, Editor for the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and Associate Editor for the  Journal of Agribusiness in Developing & Emerging Economies.  Getu relocated to the University of Guelph in May 2005 following his Ph.D. studies (majoring in Agribusiness Production and Finance with minor in Food Marketing Economics) at the University of Alberta. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Getu was a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Alemaya University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Getu worked with the University of Hannover (Germany) as part of a research team that investigated management strategies for farming systems in moisture-stressed areas aimed at reducing various dimensions of poverty in the Eastern Oromia region of Ethiopia.

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PhD, Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Alberta, Canada
MSc, Agricultural Economics, Alemaya University (Ethiopia) and University of Hannover, Germany (a joint program)
BSc, Agricultural Economics, Alemaya University, Ethiopia.

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Getu's current research focuses on Production Economics, Food Demand Analysis, Economics of Organization (Co-operatives), Price Risk Management.

Featured Publications

Getu Hailu and Kenneth Poon. (Forthcoming).  Do Farm Support Programs Reward Production Inefficiency?  Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Rebecca Elskamp and Getu Hailu (2017). The Impact of Market Intervention on Quota Mobility: The Case of the Ontario Dairy Industry. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 65: 249-270.

Getu Hailu, Ying cao, and Xi Yu. (2017). Risk Attitudes, Social Interactions, and the Willingness to Pay for Genotyping in Dairy Production,  Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 65: 317-341. 

Getu Hailu, Alfons Weersink and Bart Minten. (2017).  Determinants of the Productivity of Teff in Ethiopia. The European Journal of Development Research,  25: 866-892. DOI : 10.1057/s41287-016-0065-0.

Zhige Wu, Alfons Weersink, Alex Maynard, Getu Hailu and Richard Vyn. (2017). The Impact of Local Ethanol Production on the Corn Basis in Ontario. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 65: 409-430. 

Getu Hailu and B. James Deaton. (2016). Agglomeration Effects in Ontario’s Dairy FarmingAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics,  98:1055-1073. 

Peter Slade & Getu Hailu (2016). Efficiency and Regulation: A comparison of dairy farms in Ontario and New York States. Journal of Productivity Analysis, 45:103-115.

Ellen Goddard, Albert Boaitey, Getu Hailu, and Kenneth Poon. (2016). Improving sustainability of beef industry supply chains. British Food Journal., 118:(6): 1533-1552. doi:

Richard Vyn & Getu Hailu (2015). Discount Usage and Price Discrimination for Pork Products in Canada. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. 63(4): 449-474.  

Getu Hailu, Alex Maynard, Alfons Weersink (2015). Empirical Analysis of Corn and Soybean Basis in Canada. Applied Economics.47(51): 5491-5509.

Hailu, G., Vyn, R., & Ma, Y. (2014). The Demand for Pork Products in Canada: Discount Promotions and Cannibalization. Agribusiness- An International Journal, 30(4): 470-492. .

Deaton, B. J., Hailu, G., & Zhou, X. (2014). Poverty in Canada: Does Manufacturing Matter? Growth and Change, 45 (2), 362–376.

Asfaha, T., Desmond, F., Hailu, G., & Singh, R. (2014). Statistical Evaluation of Value at Risk Models for Estimating Agricultural Risk. Journal of Statistical and Econometric Methods, 3 (1), 13-34.

Sudarma Samarajeewa, Getu Hailu, Scott Jeffrey and Maury Bredahl. (2012). Analysis of Production Efficiency of Cow/Calf Farms in Alberta. Applied Economics, Volume 44, Issue 3, 2012.

Getu Hailu, John Cranfield, Rawlin Thangraj (2010). Do U.S. Food Processors Respond to Sweetener Related Health Information? Agribusiness: and International Journal 26(3): 348-368.

Getu Hailu and Ellen Goddard (2009) Sustainable Growth and capital Constraints: The Demutualization of Lilydale Co-operative Limited. Journal of Cooperatives. 23: 116-129.

Dave Pannell, Getu Hailu, Alfons Weersink, & Amanda Burt. (2008). More reasons why farmers have so little interest in futures markets, Agricultural Economics, 39(1): 41-50.

Getu Hailu, Scott R. Jeffrey, & Ellen W. Goddard. (2007). Capital Structure, Firm Size and Efficiency: The Case of Farm Petroleum and Animal Feed Co-operatives in Canada, Agricultural Finance Review, (67)2.

Getu Hailu, Ellen W. Goddard & Scott R. Jeffrey. (2007). Do co-operative Managers and Directors Differ in their Familiarity with Innovative Business Risk Management Strategies? Journal of Co-operative Studies, 40(2):17-27.

Getu Hailu, Scott R. Jeffrey & Ellen W. Goddard. (2007). Efficiency, Economic Performance and Financial Leverage of Agribusiness Marketing Co-operatives in Canada: Cooperatives Firms in Global Markets: Incidence, Viability and Economic Performance. Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms, 10:47-77.

Getu Hailu, Scott Jeffrey, Ellen Goddard & Desmond Ng. (2005). Regulatory Environment, Co-operative Structure and Agency Costs for Co-operative Agribusiness Firms in Canada: Comparative Case Studies Journal of Food Distribution Research 36(2):39-49.

Getu Hailu, Scott Jeffrey & Jim Unterschultz. (2005). Cost Efficiency for Alberta and Ontario Dairy Farms: An Interregional Comparison, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 53:141-160.

Getu Hailu, Peter Boxall, & Bonita McFarlane. (2005) The Influence of Place Attachment on Recreation Demand, Journal of Economic Psychology 26:581-598.

Getu Hailu, E.W. Goddard, & S.R. Jeffrey. (2005). Do Decision Makers Debt Risk Attitudes Affect the Agency Costs of Debt? Current Agriculture, Food & Resource Issues: A Journal of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society 6:63-80.

Getu Hailu, Scott Jeffrey, & Ellen Goddard. (2004). Incentive Incompatibility in Co-operative Agribusiness Firms in Canada: Does Supply Management Matter? Journal of Food Distribution Research, Vol. XXXV, 1: 110-111.

Getu Hailu, Vira, B., Belay Kassa and Strock, H. (1998). Technical Efficiency of Smallholder Annual Crop Production in Moisture Stress Area of Eastern Oromiya of Ethiopia: a Stochastic Frontier Analysis, Ethiopian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2(2):19–115.