I am a Professor who holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at U.C. Berkeley. I grew up in Israel and got my basic education in Israel and my Ph.D. at Berkeley. My areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy, the economics of innovation, risk and marketing, and water, pest control; biotechnology and climate change. I won the Wolf Prize for Agriculture in 2019 and I became a member of the US National Academy of Science that year. I was also the president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). I am a Fellow of the AAEA and the Association of Environmental and Resource economics (AERE), European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAERE), and life member of the member of European Academy of Sciences and Art. I am the recipient of the 2000 Cannes Water and the Economy Award. I am also the president elect of Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). I won the AAEA 2002 and 2007 Quality of Research Discovery Award and the 2005 and 2009 AAEA Publication of Enduring quality award. I edited 25 books and coauthored over 400 papers in refereed journals.
I received my B. A. in Economics and Statistics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and my Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979. I have served as a consultant to the World Bank, FAO, USDA, EPA, and CDFA. I have also served as Department Chair from 1994 to 1999. I am the Faculty Director of the Master of Development Practice. I am the co-director of the BEAHRS Environmental Leadership Program at UC Berkeley.
I am married to Leorah Abouav-Zilberman, have 3 children (Shie, Eyal, and Aytan), and 7 adorable grandchildren. I enjoy basketball, good movies, and travel.
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