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Barry Barnett
Department Chair

Professional Profile

Barry Barnett's research interests focus on agricultural policy, risk management, and insurance. He writes extensively on U.S. commodity programs and crop insurance. In addition, he has an active research program related to disaster risk management in rural areas of developing countries. Dr. Barnett's research efforts are reflected in numerous articles published in scholarly journals as well as contributions to World Bank, OECD, and USAID publications. He also regularly conducts analysis and makes recommendations at the request of the Risk Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Recent Publications:

Dalhaus T., B.J. Barnett, and R. Finger. 2020. “Behavioral Weather Insurance: Applying Cumulative Prospect Theory to Agricultural Insurance Design.” PloS ONE 15(5): e0232267.

Ye, T., W. Hu, B.J. Barnett, J. Wang, and Y. Gao. 2020. “Area Yield Index Insurance or Farm Yield Crop Insurance? Chinese Perspectives on Farmers’ Welfare and Government Subsidy Effectiveness.” Journal of Agricultural Economics 71:144-164.

Tack, J.B., K.H. Coble, R. Johansson, A. Harri, and B.J. Barnett. 2019. “The Potential Implications of ‘Big Ag Data’ for USDA Forecasts.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 41:668-683. 

Yehouenou, L., B.J. Barnett, A. Harri, and K.H. Coble. 2018. “STAX Appeal?” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 40:563-584.

Tack, J.B., K.H. Coble, and B.J. Barnett. 2018. “Warming Temperatures will Likely Induce Higher Premium Rates and Government Outlays for the US Crop Insurance Program.” Agricultural Economics 49:635-647.

Ker, A., B. Barnett, D. Jacques, and T. Tolhurst. December 2017. “Canadian Business Risk Management Programs:  Private Firms, Crown Corporations, and Public Institutions.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 65:591-612.

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Ph.D. | Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, 1993

B.B.A. | Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky, 1984

B.S. | Finance, minor in Economics, University of Kentucky, 1984