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Rakhal Sarker

Associate Professor
Phone: ext. 52173
Office: Room 318


Exchange Rate Variability and Trade; Economics of Trade Disputes;


Born and raised in Bangladesh , Rakhal completed his B.Sc. Agr. Econ. and M. Sc. at the Bangladesh Agricultural University then came to Canada for higher studies leading to a Ph. D. Besides academics, he enjoys music, sports and the splendid Canadian outdoors.


B. Sc. Agric. Econ. (Honours): Bangladesh Agricultural University, 1980

M.Sc. Agric. Econ (Marketing): Bangladesh Agricultural University, 1982

Ph. D. University of Guelph 1991.


Exchange rate variability and trade, economics of trade disputes, economics of agri-food safety-net programs, data nonstationarity and generic advertising, regionalism and agri-food trade, biotechnology and non-market valuation.

Teaching Interests:

Agricultural and Food Policy, Cost Benefit Analysis.

Select Publications:

Sarker, R. and O. Oyewumi (2015). Trade Policy Change and Price Volatility Spill-Over in a Customs Union: A Case Study of Lamb Trade Between Namibia and South Africa. International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics, 3(1): 63-76.

Sarker, R. (2014). Half-a-Century Competitiveness of the Wheat Sectors: A Comparative Analysis of Canada and Australia. Farm Policy Journal, 11(3): 35-47, Spring Quarter, 2014.

Sarker, R. and S. Ratnasena (2014). Revealed Comparative Advantage and Half-A-Century Competitiveness of Canadian Agriculture: A Case Study of Wheat, Beef and Pork Sectors. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 62(4): 519-544.

Saha, B., R. Sarker, and V. Mitura (2014). Impact of Genetically Engineered Varieties on the Cost Structure of Corn and Soybean Production in Canada. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 62(2): 263-282.

Sarker, R. and J.L. Jaramillo-Villanueva (2012). Exchange Rate Sensitivity of Mexican Maize Imports from the United States: A Cointegration Analysis. EconModels.

Nzuma, J., and R. Sarker (2010). An Error-Corrected Almost Ideal Demand System for Major Cereals in Kenya. Agricultural Economics, 41(1): 43-50.

Jaramillo-Villanueva, J.L., and R. Sarker (2010). Exchange Rate Movements and the Mexico-United States Trade in Milk Powder: A Cointegration Analysis. El Trimestre Economico, vol. LXXVII (1), Number 305: 219-246.

Jayasinghe, S. and R. Sarker (2008). Effects of Regional Trade Agreements on Trade in Agri-Food Products: Evidence from Gravity Modeling Using Disaggregated Data. Review of Agricultural Economics, 30(1): 61-81.

Ahmed, I., B. Deaton, R. Sarker and T. Veerani (2008). Wetland Ownership and Management in a Common Property Resource Setting: A Case Study of Hakaluki Haor in Bangladesh. Ecological Economics 68(1): 429-436.

Sarker, R. and S. Jayasinghe (2007). Regional Trade Agreements and Trade in Agri-Food Products: Evidence for the European Union from Gravity Modeling Using Disaggregate Data. Agricultural Economics, 37(1): 93-104.

Sarker, R. and Y. Surry (2006). Product Differentiation and Trade in Agri-Food Products: Taking Stock and Looking Forward. Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development, 2(1): 39-78 .

Sarker, R. and Y. Surry (2004). The Fast Decay Process and Alternative Count Data Models in Recreational Demand Analysis. American Journal of Agricultural of Agricultural Economics, 86(3): 701-715.

Falah, G., M. Hoy and R. Sarker (2000). A Satisfaction with Coexistence in Selected Mixed Arab-Jewish Cities in Israel : By Choice or by Default? @ Urban Studies, 37(4): 775-796.

Weersink, A., S. Clark, C. Turvey and R. Sarker (1999). The Effect of Agricultural Policy on Farm Land Values. Land Economics, 75(3): 425-439.

Sarker, R. and Y. Surry (1998). Economic Value of Big Game Hunting: The Case of Moose Hunting in Ontario. Journal of Forest Economics, 4(1): 29-60.

Meilke, K., R. Sarker and D. LeRoy (1998). The Potential for Increased Trade in Milk and Dairy Products between Canada and the United States under Trade Liberalization. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 46(2): 149-169. The Award Winning Article.

Meilke, K. and R. Sarker (1997). Four Case Studies of Agri-Food CVDs and a Proposal for Reforming National Administered Protection Agencies. Agricultural Economics, 17(1): 147-164.

Sarker, Rakhal (1996). Canadian Softwood Lumber Export to the United States: A Cointegrated and Error-Corrected System. Journal of Forest Economics, 2(3): 1-27.

Sarker, Rakhal (1995). Causality Analysis in Agricultural Economics: A Review of Theoretical and Empirical Issues. Cahiers Economie et Sociologie Rurales, No. 34-35: 5-43.

McKenney, D. and R. Sarker (1994). An Overview of Non-Wood Valuation Efforts in Ontario. Forestry Chronicle, 70(1): 47-54.

Sarker, Rakhal (1993). A Maximum Likelihood Cointegration Analysis of Canadian Lumber Exports. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 41(1): 97-110.

Sarker, R., K. Meilke, and M. Hoy (1993). The Political Economy of Systematic Government Intervention in Agriculture. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 41(3): 289-309. [Outstanding Journal Article Award-1994, Honourable Mention, Canadian Agricultural Economics and Farm Management Society].

Sarker, Rakhal (1989). Profit, Supply and Input Demand Functions: A Case Study of Winter Rice in Bangladesh - A Comment. Bangladesh Journal of Agricultural Economics, 12: 69-77.

Sarker, Rakhal (1988). Consumption Pattern of Milk and Milk Products in Bangladesh A Comment. Bangladesh Journal of Agricultural Economics, 11: 49-53.

Sarker, Rakhal and A. M. Muazzam Husain (1984). Price Movement and Agriculture's Terms of Trade in Bangladesh (1901-1981). Bangladesh Journal of Agricultural Economics, 7: 1-27.