David Leatham

About Dr. Leatham:
Dr. Leatham received his B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Brigham Young University. His Ph.D. is in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.Dr. Leatham’s primary research focus is on improving financial decision making for agricultural businesses including farms and ranches. The optimal portfolio of assets (investment decisions), and the optimal portfolio of short-term credit, long-term credit and owner’s equity to finance assets (capital structure decisions) are important business decisions. The outcome of investment and capital structure decisions is dependent on future events; thus, time and uncertainty must be considered. Much of this research is done in a risk/return framework where optimal decisions depend on an individual’s risk/return preference.Dr. Leatham’s secondary focus is on improving the ability of financial intermediaries to provide credit TO agricultural businesses (agricultural credit). Specifically, this work centers on 1) designing and evaluating financial derivatives that can be used by agricultural lenders to manage interest rate risk, 2) improving credit assessment models, and 3) assessing the impact of deregulation and structural changes on agricultural lender’s ability and willingness to provide credit to agricultural firms. Funding support has been received from the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Agriculture and Life Science Organized Research Development funds, American Bankers Association, University Minigrant Program, Farm Credit Banks of Texas, Farm Credit Council, and National Crop Insurance Services.

Research Interests:
Agricultural Finance, Financial Management

Selected Publications:

Shen, Ze, Qing Wan, and David J. Leatham. “Bitcoin Return Volatility Forecasting: A Comparative Study of GARCH Model and Machine Learning Model.” Journal of Risk and Financial Management, in press.

Sukcharoen, Kunlapath, and David J. Leatham. “Analyzing Extreme Comovements in Agricultural and Energy Commodity Markets Using a Regular Vine Copula Method.” International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 8(No. 5, 2018):193-201.

Sukcharoen, Kunlapath and David J. Leatham “Mean-Variance versus Mean-Expected Shortfall Models: An Application to Wheat Variety Selection.” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 48(No.2, May 2016):148:172. (Outstanding JAAE Article Awards for Excellence)
Dang, Trang, David J. Leatham, Bruce McCarl and Ximing Wu. “Measuring the efficiency of the Farm Credit System.” Agricultural Finance Review, 74(No. 1, 2014):38-54.
Kim, Jin, David J. Leatham and David A. Bessler. “REITs Dynamics Under Structural Change with Unknown Break-Points” Journal of Housing Economics 16(March 2007) 37-58.
Curriculum Vitae

PhD (Agricultural Economics), Purdue University
MS (Agricultural Economics), Brigham Young University
BS (Agricultural Economics), Brigham Young University

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