Yu Na Lee

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

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

President-Elect, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES), July 2023-current

Chair, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Experimental Economics (EXECON) Section, July 2023-current

Councillor, the Board of Directors: Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, June 2020-July 2023

Associate Editor, Food and Energy Security (July 2023 - current)

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, World Development, and more

Reviewer Service: Abstract Reviewer for 2015,  2016, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023 AAEA Annual Meetings, 2021 CAES Annual Meeting, Paper Reviewer for 2018 ICAE Annual Meeting

Awards and Honours


American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE) Outstanding Reviewer, 2023

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), 2021-2023.

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):

  1. Lee, Yu Na, Laura Stortz*, Mike von Massow, and Chris Kimmerer* (2023). “Impact of ‘High In’ Front-of-Package Nutrition Labeling on Food Choices: Evidence from a Grocery Shopping Experiment.” Forthcoming in  Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics
  2. David Worden, Getu Hailu, Kate Jones*, & Yu Na Lee (2022). "The Effects of Bundling on Livestock Producers’ Valuation of Traits Available Through Genomic Selection," Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol 70 (4): 287-304.   https://doi.org/10.1111/cjag.12322
  3. Rakhal Sarker, Truc Phan*,  Yu Na Lee, &  Alfons Weersink (2022). "Business Risk Management Program and Risk Balancing in Ontario Hog Sector: An Empirical Analysis." Published online at Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol 70 (4): 263-286.  https://doi.org/10.1111/cjag.12321
  4. Alfons Weersink, Hongyu Chen*, & Martin Beaulieu, and Yu Na Lee (2022), "Dynamics of Farm Entry and Exit." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 51(1) 86-104:  https://doi.org/10.1017/age.2021.22
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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

8. 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

9. 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. 


(Last updated: September 19, 2023)