Luis A. Ribera

About Dr. Ribera:
Dr. Ribera is an Associate Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics. He also serves as the Program Director for International Projects for the Agricultural and Food Policy Center.  Dr. Ribera received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, all in Agricultural Economics with emphases in Risk Analysis, Simulation and Econometric Modeling. His research expertise includes applying risk analysis and econometric tools on business management and economic analysis.His current work focuses on economic feasibility studies of biofuels using different technologies and feedstock, food safety, and horticulture production. Dr. Ribera has coordinated several workshops on food safety and horticulture production with emphasis on local/organic small acreage fruits and vegetable production.  Since 2004, Dr. Ribera is a faculty member of the Master’s Program in Applied Economics and Business Administration, a partnership program between Texas A&M University and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

Research Interests:
Risk Analysis, Production Economics, Biofuels, and International Trade

Selected Publications:
Ribera, Luis A., Marco A. Palma, Mechel Paggi, Ronald Knutson, Joseph Masabni, and Juan Anciso. “Economic Analysis of Food Safety Compliance Costs and Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in the United States.” HortTechnology. Forthcoming.Ribera, Luis A., and Henry Bryant. “Economic Issues for Sugarcane as a Feedstock for Fuel.” In Eric Lam, Jorge da Silva and Helaine Carrer (eds.) Compendium of Bioenergy Plants: Sugarcane. Forthcoming.

Ribera, Luis A., and Ronald D. Knutson. “The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act and Its Economic Implications.” Choices Magazine. 26, 4 (November 2011) [On-line]. Available:

Dudensing, Rebekka, and Luis A. Ribera, “Economic Contribution of Downtown Farmers Market to the Austin MSA and to Travis County.” Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The Texas A&M University System. March 2011.

Palma, Marco A., Luis A. Ribera, David Bessler, Mechel Paggi, and Ronald Knutson. “New Generation of Standards and Potential Impacts of Food Borne Illness Incidences on Market Movements and Prices of Fresh Produce in the United States.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 42, 4 (November 2010): 731-741.


PhD (Agricultural Economics), Texas A&M University
MS (Agricultural Economics), University of Arkansas
BS (Agricultural Economics), University of Arkansas

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