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Associate Professor of Economics, Iowa State University

Dr. Wendong Zhang is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. His research seeks to better understand U.S. farmland market, agricultural nutrient runoff, conservation practice adoption, and Chinese agriculture. Dr. Zhang is also affiliated with Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD).

Dr. Zhang is the leading researcher of the Iowa Land Value Survey, the Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, as well as the ISU Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference. He also led the development of the new, interactive Iowa Farmland Portal as well as co-founded the new ISU China Ag center jointly with Dr. Dermot Hayes in collaboration with Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from the Ohio State University in July 2015, and he also hold a BSc in Environmental Science from Fudan University in China.


  • 2021–present
    Associate Professor, Iowa State University
  • 2015–2021
    Assistant Professor, Iowa State University


  • 2015 
    The Ohio State University, Agricultural and Environmental Economics
  • 2009 
    Fudan University, Environmental Science


  • 2018
    Do US Anglers Care About Harmful Algal Blooms?A Discrete Choice Experiment of Lake Erie Recreational Anglers, American Journal of Agricultural Economics
  • 2018
    What Have We Learned from China's Past Trade Retaliation Strategies?, Choices Magazine
  • 2018
    Current Farm Downturn vs. 1920s and 1980s Farm Crisis: An Economic and Legal Comparison, Agricultural Finance Review

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Quantifying the Transmission of U.S.-China and Global Policy Impacts through a New Commodity-Specific International General-Equilibrium System
    Funding Source:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture

Professional Memberships

  • Agricultural & Applied Economics Association
  • American Economic Association
  • Chinese Economists Society

Research Areas

  • Applied Economics (1402)
  • Agricultural Economics (140201)


2019 AAEA Bruce Garner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis Award (“the Impact of the 2018 Trade Disruptions on the Iowa Economy)