Roger Norton

About Dr. Norton:
Dr. Roger Norton, Research Professor of Agricultural Economics and also Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, has been a World Bank Research Director and Full Professor at the University of New Mexico and Visiting Professor at Oklahoma State University, the Universities of Rome and Naples, and the business school INCAE in Costa Rica. He has delivered training courses in a number of developing countries. He has lived 23 years in developing countries and has research and policy experience in 47 countries in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe and the former Soviet Union. He has frequently promoted policy reform, working collaboratively with host country counterparts. Dr. Norton has served as chief of party on USAID policy reform projects for agriculture and the environment in Honduras and El Salvador and has been policy advisor and team leader for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the FAO, IFAD and other donors in Mozambique, Rwanda, Guyana, Estonia, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, Panama and Eritrea. He holds a B.A. from Reed College and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and has published books and papers on mathematical modeling for agriculture, agricultural policy and other topics. His books, articles and reports have been issued in eight languages. His book Agricultural Development Policy: Concepts and Experiences (Wiley & Sons 2004) cites experiences in 80 countries and was issued in Spanish, French and Arabic.

Research Interests:
Agricultural and Water Management Policy, Rural Poverty Reduction, and Agricultural Competitiveness

Selected Publications:

A 2017 book developed a novel conceptual framework for systematic evaluations of quality issues at all stages of agricultural value chains, with its applications to numerous value chains in Colombia and Rwanda and value chain analysis in El Salvador (The Competitiveness of Tropical Agriculture, A Guide to Competitive Potential with Case Studies. 2017. Academic Press).

The only existing and detailed text on conceptual frameworks for agricultural development policies (Agricultural Development Policy: Concepts and Experiences. John Wiley & Sons. 2004); contains examples from 80 countries and discussion of policy frameworks for all major areas of agricultural policy including water management, land tenure, agriculture research and extension, agricultural finance, and links to macroeconomic policies.

Co-authored the classic and still most widely used and most widely cited text on mathematical programming models for agriculture (Mathematical Programming for Economic Analysis in Agriculture with P. B. R. Hazell. Macmillan Publishing Company. 1986). It contains innovations in the use of these models to simulate sectoral multi-market equilibria (with mathematical proofs) and to incorporate farmers’ risk aversion in detailed specifications of cropping systems, plus the entire mathematical foundations for mathematical programming models.

A 1981 article (Market Equilibrium Computations in Activity Analysis Models, with P. L. Scandizzo. Operations Research, 29:2, March-April) extended the mathematical proofs of achieving market equilibria simulations with mathematical programming models to economy-wide markets, from partial equilibrium sectoral markets. It was characterized by the journal editors as original and valuable.

McCarl, B., R. Norton and X. Wu. 2015. Assessing climate change effects of IDB projects: concepts and procedures. C. E. Ludeña and L. Sánchez-Aragón (eds). Inter-American Development Bank, Monograph No. 317. Washington DC.

Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D., Economics, Johns Hopkins University
B. A., Mathematics and Economics (dual degree), Reed College
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