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Michael Brady

Associate Professor and Extension Economist

Dr. Brady focuses on specialty crop production including tree fruits, vineyards, vegetables, horticulture and nursery crops. He also has an interest in issues related to water use and irrigated agriculture. Dr. Brady is involved in a number of projects focusing on modeling coupled human and environmental systems in an interdisciplinary framework including the DAMS project funded under the NSF DISES Program. He has analyzed the economic impact of various agriculture industries in Washington and is a Co-PI with the AgAID Institute funded by the USDA. He also conducts research on farmland ownership, agricultural land values, and land use change.


Research Interests and Projects


Associate Professor and Extension Economist, Director of the Masters in Applied Economics Program, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, 2018-Present

Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, 2012-2018

Assistant Research Professor, IMPACT Center and School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, 2009-2011

Research Economist, Economic Research Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington D.C., 2007-2009

Sciences International, Inc., Alexandria, VA, 1998-2000


PhD., Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State University, 2007

MA, Economics, Ohio State University, 2004

MSc, Environment and Geography, London School of Economics, 2001

BA, Zoology, Miami University, 1998


Recent Publications and Papers in Review

Brady, M., D. Granatstein, E. Kirby. Survival and Growth of Organic Farms Over the Long-Run. Revise and Resubmit, Journal of the Agriculture and Applied Economics Association.

Lin, H., K. Gallardo, M. Brady. Climate Change and the Increased Recurrence of Pests and Disease Outbreaks: The Case of the Organic and Conventional U.S. Apple Industry. Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Chaudhary, S., K. Rajagopalan, C. Kruger, M. Brady, C. Fraisse, D. Gustafson, S. Hall, G. Hoogenboom, R. Melnick, J. Reyes, C. Stockle, T. Susler. Analogs for Dialogs: A Network to Catalyze Climate Change Adaptation for US Specialty Crops. In review, Scientific Reports.

Zhang, Q., J. McCluskey, K. Gallardo, M. Brady. 2021. Avoidance Behaviors Circumventing the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax. Food Policy, 105:102166.

Khanal, R., M. Brady, C. Stockle, K. Rajagopalan, J. Yoder, M. Barber. 2021. The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Partial Leasing of Agricultural Water Rights. Water Resources Research, 57(11).

Malek, K., J. Adam, J. Yoder, J. Givens, C. Stockle, M. Brady, T. Karimi, K. Rajagopalan, M. Liu, P. Reed. 2021. Impacts of Irrigation Efficiency on Water-Dependent Sectors are Heavily Controlled by Region-Specific Institutions and Infrastructures. Journal of Environmental Management, 300, p.113731

Malek, K., P. Reed, J. Adam, T. Karimi, M. Brady. 2020. Water Rights Shape Crop Yield and Revenue Volatility Tradeoffs for Adaptation in Snow Dependent Systems. Nature Communications, 11(1):1-10.

Contact Info

Michael Brady

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Office Location:
Hulbert 203E
Phone: (509) 335-0979
Office hours: by appointment