Faculty Member Information
Gary W. Williams
About Dr. Williams:
Dr. Williams is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Co-Director of the Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics Research Center (AFCERC). He is the AFCERC chief operations officer responsible for managing the research program of the Center and leads AFCERC research and outreach projects relating to commodity and agribusiness markets and policy and international trade and policy. He is also an Associate Member of the Masters of International Affairs faculty in the Bush School of Government and International Affairs. His areas of teaching and research emphases include commodity promotion programs, international agricultural trade and development, agricultural policy, and marketing and price analysis. Dr. Williams was raised in Lubbock, Texas and is a 1968 graduate of Monterey High School. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University (1978 and 1981) and a B.S. in Economics from Brigham Young University (1974). Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University, he gained experience as a professor and Assistant Coordinator of the Meat Export Research Center at Iowa State University, Senior Economist at Chase Econometrics, agricultural economist for the USDA, and Special Assistant to the U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs and Commodity Programs at USDA. Dr. Williams speaks fluent Spanish and has lived and worked in Latin America throughout his career, focusing particularly on NAFTA and other agricultural trade, policy, and development issues. In recent years, he has become particularly well known for his research on the economic effectiveness of commodity checkoff programs, including those for soybeans, cotton, lamb, Florida orange juice, propane, Texas citrus, Texas pecans, and others. He is also well known for his research on U.S. and world oilseed and oilseed product markets and the U.S. livestock industry including issues related to sheep and lamb markets and the effects of concentration in the beef packing industry. He recently served as Chair of a National Academy of Science Committee on the Status and Economic Performance of the U.S. Sheep and Lamb Industry(see the Committee report: Changes in the Sheep Industry in the United States: Making the Transition from Tradition).
Capps, O., Jr., H.A. Love, G.W. Williams, and W.L. Adams, "Examining Packer Choice of Slaughter Cattle Procurement and Pricing Methods," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 28(1):11-25, April 1999.
Williams, G.W., "Commodity Checkoff Programs as Alternative Producer Investment Opportunities: The Case of Soybeans," Agribusiness: An International Journal 15(4): 539-552, Fall 1999.
Málaga, J.E., G.W. Williams, and S.W. Fuller, "U.S.-Mexico Fresh Vegetable Trade: The Effects of Trade Liberalization and Economic Growth," Agricultural Economics 26(1):45-55, October 2001.
Williams, G.W., C.R. Shumway, and H.A. Love, "Returns to Soybean Producers from Investments in Promotion and Research," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 31(1):97-111, April 2002.
Williams, G.W. and O. Capps, Jr., “Measuring the Effectiveness of Checkoff Programs,” Choices 21:73-78, 2006.
Williams, G.W., O. Capps, Jr., and M. A. Palma, “Effectiveness of Marketing Promotion Programs: The Case of Texas Citrus,” HortScience 43(2):385-392, 2008.
Williams, G.W., D. Bailey, O. Capps, Jr., L.A. Detwiler, H.S. Glimp, T. Hammonds, D.D. Hedley, H.H. Jensen, and D.L. Thomas. Changes in the Sheep Industry in the United States: Making the Transition from Tradition. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2008.
Moore, E.D., G.W. Williams, M. A. Palma, and L. Lombardini, “Effectiveness of State-Level Pecan Promotion Programs: The Case of the Texas Pecan Checkoff Program,” HortScience 44(7):1-7, December 2009.
Williams, G.W., O. Capps, Jr., and T. Dang, “Does Lamb Promotion Work?” Agribusiness: An International Journal 26 (4):536–556, 2010.
Love, H.A., O. Capps, Jr., and G.W. Williams, “Concentration in Beef Packing and Slaughter Cattle Pricing,” Food Distribution Research Journal 41(3): 25-41, November 2010.