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Thomas Hertel

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University
Thomas Hertel is Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, where his research and teaching focus on international trade, food and environmental security.

Dr. Hertel is a Fellow, and a Past-President, of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) which now encompasses more than 12,000 researchers in 160 countries around the world ( This Project maintains a global economic data base and an applied general equilibrium modeling framework which are documented in the book: Global Trade Analysis: Modeling and Applications, edited by Dr. Hertel, and published by Cambridge University Press. He has supervised forty PhD students and published more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles, along with numerous book chapters and books.

Professor Hertel is the inaugural recipient of the Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction Award. He has also received a number of national awards including: Quality of Communication (AAEA), Distinguished Policy Contribution and Outstanding Journal Article (both AAEA), as well as Outstanding Journal Article in the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.