Yu Na Lee

Research area: agricultural economics, development economics, food policy, agribusiness

Topics of interest: food prices, risk and uncertainty, food security, poverty, migration, obesity, nutrition

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University of Minnesota, Ph.D. 2017
University of California, Los Angeles, M.S. in Management, 2011
Cornell University, M.S. in Agricultural Economics, 2014
Yonsei University, M.A. in International Studies, 2006
Yonsei University, Bachelor in Business Administration, 2004

Assistant Professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE), University of Guelph (June 2017-Current)
Research Assistant, the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) USA Historical Census Team, Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota (Summer 2014-June 2017)
Research Associate (Full-Time), Korea Development Institute (KDI), Seoul, Korea (2005-2008)

Professional Service

Councillor, the Board of Directors: Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, June 2020-Present

Editorial Board: Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics (CJAE), July 2017-Current

Journal Referee:  American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE), Agricultural Economics, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AJARE)Agribusiness: An International Journal, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (AEPP), Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics (CJAE), European Review of Agricultural Economics (ERAE), Food Policy, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (JARE),  Journal of International Development (JID), South African Journal of Economics, and more

Reviewer Service: Abstract Reviewer for 2015,  2016, 2018, & 2021 AAEA Annual Meetings, 2021 CAES Annual Meeting, Paper Reviewer for 2018 ICAE Annual Meeting

Awards and Honours


2020 Best Paper Award in Applied Risk Analysis (ARA), Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) ARA Section, 2021 (with Marc Bellemare (declined) and David Just)

Experimental Economics Best Young Professional Publication, AAEA Experimental Economics (EXECON) Section  (with Marc Bellemare (declined) and David Just), 2021

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), 2018

Hueg-Harrison Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2016

Master’s Thesis Award of Merit, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA), 2015

Willis L. and Dorothy L. Peterson Graduate Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2015

Outstanding Achievement for Undergraduate Teaching, University of Minnesota, 2014


Awarded: Research Grant, Principal Investigator, “Climate Variability, Food Insecurity, and Child Marriage,” SSHRC Insight Development Grant (51,380 CAD), 2021.

Awarded: Research Grant, Principal Investigator, “Climate Change, Food Security, and Child Marriage,” SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG) – Explore Grant, University of Guelph (CAD 4,800), 2021.

Awarded: Research Grant, Principal Investigator, “Experimental Evidence on the Effectiveness of Front-of-Package Labeling for Healthy Food Choices,” Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), (CAD 88,000), 2018-2021.

Awarded: Research Grant, Principal Investigator  (with Marc F. Bellemare), Center for International Food and Agriculture Policy (CIFAP), (USD 25,000), 2016 

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Current Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications (* indicates advisee or student):

Alfons Weersink, Hongyu Chen*, & Martin Beaulieu, and Yu Na Lee (2021), "Dynamics of Farm Entry and Exit." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Published online (Open Access):  https://doi.org/10.1017/age.2021.22

Lee, Yu Na (2021), "Does Commodity Price Volatility Drive Migration? Evidence from Rural Ethiopia." American Journal of Agricultural Economics Vol. 103(4): 1268-1293https://doi.org/10.1111/ajae.12199

Bellemare, Marc F., Yu Na Lee, & Lindsey Novak (2021), "Contract Farming As a Partial Insurance."  World Development, Vol .140, 105274.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105274

Bellemare, Marc F., Yu Na Lee, & David R. Just (2020), “Producer Attitudes to Output Price Risk: Experimental Evidence from the Lab and from the Field." American Journal of Agricultural Economics Vol. 102(3): 806-825. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajae.12004

  • 2020 Best Paper Award, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), Applied Risk Analysis (ARA) Section
  • 2020 Experimental Economics Best Young Professional Publication, AAEA Experimental Economics (EXECON) Section 

Lee, Yu Na, Nancy Chau, & David R. Just (2019), "Farmer Participation in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Before and After the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009." Food Policy Vol. 86, 101724.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2019.05.007

Bellemare, Marc F.  & Yu Na Lee (2016). “Attitudes to Price Risk and Uncertainty: The Earnest Search for Identification and Policy Relevance,” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics: 64 (4): 599-612. https://doi.org/10.1111/cjag.12109

Book Chapter
Lee, Yu Na, Marc F. Bellemare, & David R. Just (2016). ''Experimental Evidence on Attitudes to Price Uncertainty," In Commodity Market Instability and Asymmetries in Developing Countries: Development Impacts and Policies, edited by Alexandros Sarris, pp. 51-54. Paris, France: Ferdi. 

Papers Under Review (* indicates advisee or student):

Business Risk Management Program and Risk Balancing in Ontario Hog Sector: An Empirical Analysis (with Rakhal Sarker, Truc Phan*, & Alfons Weersink) Status: Revise and Resubmit 

The Effects of Bundling on Livestock Producers’ Valuation of Traits Available Through Genomic Selection  (with David Worden, Getu Hailu, & Kate Jones*). Status: Under Review

Effectiveness of Alternative Approaches to Menu Labelling in Ontario Restaurants: An eye tracking analysis (with Yeyang Zhang* & Mike von Massow). Status: Under Review

Effect of Front-of-Package Nutrition Warning Labels on Healthy Food Choices (with Laura Stortz*, Mike von Massow, and Chris Kimmerer*). Status: Under Review

Working Papers (* indicates advisee or student):
Experimental Evidence on Producer Behavior in the Face of Price Ambiguity (with Marc F. Bellemare and David R. Just) 

Work-in-progress (* indicates advisee or student):

Does Positive Information Cancel Out the Effects of Nutrition Warning Labels? (with Laura Stortz* & Mike von Massow)

Effects of trade on obesity (with Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor)

Estimating Price Risk Preferences with Experimental Data (with Marc F. Bellemare, Chris M. Boyd, and David R. Just)

(Last updated: October 27, 2021)