Brian Wright
Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley
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Brian Davern Wright received a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (First Class honors) from the University of New England, Armidale, and won a Frank Knox Fellowship to Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in Economics. He then joined Yale University’s Economics Department and is now Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, recently ranked top in its field in research and reputation by the United States National Research Council.Dr Wright’s research interests include the economics of markets for storable commodities, market stabilization, agricultural policy, industrial organization, public finance, invention incentives, intellectual property rights, the economics of research and development, and the economics of conservation and innovation of genetic resources. He has published extensively in the leading journals in economics (including four of the top five general journals in Economics)  and agricultural economics. He is a leading international expert on grain markets and their stabilization and a widely sought speaker on this and related topics, including at two World Grain Fora, the Beijing Forum, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the World Bank, the Milken Institute, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He has served on two National Academies Panels. He is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economic Association (AAEA), a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society and a winner of the AAEA Fredrick V. Waugh Memorial Medal, Quality of Research Discovery Award, and Publication of Enduring Quality Award.