University of Florida
James Seale, Jr.

James Seale, Jr.

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James L. Seale, Jr., is a professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida. He received a B.A. degree in English from the University of Mississippi. He attended graduate schools in economics at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. While at the University of Chicago, he held a scholarship from the National Institute of Mental Health, and he was a Traveling Scholar at the University of Michigan. He was a visiting scholar at Cairo University, Egypt, and a visiting professor at Leicester University, England. Much of Seale’s research falls under the broad categories of international economics and applied econometrics. Within these categories, he has focused his research efforts in three related areas: international consumption patterns for foods and other consumption goods in low-, middle-, and high income countries including China; international trade and development policy; and import demand analyses, particularly for specialty crops important to Florida and the Southeastern United States. For over two decades, a large portion of his research has been invested in estimating the demand for consumption goods including food, food items, and energy among a large number of countries. An important output of this research, income and price elasticities of demand for 114 countries in 1996 and 144 countries in 2005 for nine broad categories of goods (including aggregate food) and eight subcategories of food (e.g., meats, dairy, grains), are available online and are maintained on websites by the Economic Research Service, USDA. Results of this program are cited and used by numerous agencies to model the world economy. His current research in China emphasizes urban food consumption in Chinese cities, and this work is funded by an AFRI, NIFA grant, and an FAS Emerging Markets grant. Additionally, he has studied agricultural supply response in China and India, stochastic production analysis in Egypt, and sugar and ethanol policy in Brazil. His research efforts have resulted in a book, monographs, numerous journal articles, several ERS technical bulletins, and numerous presentations both domestically and internationally.

Experience

  • 1995 to Present
    Professor — University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics Department. Eighty percent research and twenty percent teaching appointment in the area of international agricultural economics. Areas of interest include international trade/finance, economic growth, cross-country and import demand analysis, and applied econometrics.
  • Summer 1998
    Eastern Russia Business Volunteer — Winrock International, Khabarovsk area, Far Eastern Russia. Participated in a summer business camp for Russian teenagers. At the camp, a market economy was simulated that included production and service firms, money, Central Bank, and political agencies.
  • Autumn 1995
    Honorary Visiting Fellow — Department of Economics, University of Leicester. Taught Macroeconomics Modules I and II at the graduate level. Majority of time spent on research.
  • Fall 1994
    VOCA Volunteer — Windhoek, Namibia. Advised and evaluated the National Farmers Union concerning potential marketing and production schemes.
  • Spring 1994
    Farmer to Farmer Volunteer — Winrock International, Taldi Korgan, Kazakhstan. Co-taught an economics and business course to college graduates interested in starting their own business.
  • 1990 to 1995
    Associate Professor — University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics Department. Eighty percent research and twenty percent teaching appointment in the area of international agricultural economics. Areas of interest include international trade/finance, economic growth, cross-country and import demand analysis, and applied econometrics.
  • 1985 to 1990
    Assistant Professor — University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics Department. Eighty percent research and twenty percent teaching appointment in the area of international agricultural economics. Areas of interest include international trade/finance, economic growth, cross-country and import demand analysis, and applied econometrics.
  • 1980 to 1983
    Specialist — Michigan State University. Co-project leader and primary investigator for Non-Farm Employment Project–Egypt. Participated in contract negotiations with host institutions. Developed survey instruments, trained enumerators, supervised field work, developed microcomputer system for data entry and management, analyzed data, and wrote project papers. Personal research focusing on production economics of the non-farm employment sector in the Egyptian economy.
  • 1978
    Agricultural Consultant — Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University. Coordinated and evaluated initial planting season for an integrated rural development project in Abyei, Sudan. Worked with the Assistant Minister of Agriculture in developing project strategy while in Khartoum.
  • 1973 to 1975
    Agricultural Volunteer — Peace Corps–Zaire. Successfully established an agricultural demonstration and extension center in Tondo, Zaire. Developed program for introduction of non-traditional crops, as well as the raising of rabbits and other poultry for food and sale. Successfully trained two Zairian counterparts to manage center.
  • 1962 to 1972
    Family Farm Worker — Seale’s Stock Farm, Eads, Tennessee. Worked on and assisted in managing 250-acre family farm. Vaccinated and cared for cattle, horses, and occasionally swine. Planted and harvested hay crops, soybeans, cotton, corn, and permanent pasture. Maintained farm equipment.

Education

  • 1979 to 1985
    Michigan State University — Department of Agricultural Economics. Doctor of Philosophy degree, 1985. Fields in international trade/development, econometrics, and production economics. Dissertation: Fixed Effect Cobb-Douglas Production Functions for Floor Tile Firms, Fayoum and Kayubiya, Egypt, 1981–1983. Major Professor: Glenn L. Johnson; Dissertation supervisor: Peter Schmidt. GPA: 3.8 out of 4.0.
  • 1979
    University of Michigan — Department of Economics. Traveling Scholar. Completed graduate courses in international trade theory and economic history.
  • 1978 to 1979
    University of Chicago — Department of Economics. Fellowship recipient in graduate program under the supervision of Professor T.W. Schultz. Successfully completed Ph.D. sequences in price theory and monetary economics. Received passing grade for A.M. comprehensive examination.
  • 1967 to 1972
    University of Mississippi — B.A., December 1972. Major in English. Minors in chemistry and psychology.

Teaching

  • 1985 to Present
    University of Florida — Food and Resource Economics Department. Instructor for seven graduate courses ( Macroeconomics Theory in Open Economies II, AEB6940; Consumption Models, AEB6933; International Agriculture Trade and Policy, AEB 6674; Econometrics and Statistics Seminar, ECO 7429; International Agricultural Finance and Policy, AEB 6676; Econometrics II, AEB 6572; Empirical Methods in International Economics; Microeconomics Theory I;) and one undergraduate course (Quantitative Analysis in Food and Resource Economics, AEB 4511). Teaching responsibilities include: (1) teaching and developing graduate courses and materials in the area of international agricultural economics; (2) supervision of graduate student research in international agricultural economics and development; (3) recruitment of graduate students; (4) funding graduate training and research through grant monies; and (5) serving on curriculum and examination committees.
  • 1984
    Michigan State University — Department of Agricultural Economics. Taught the economic theory component of graduate course, Agriculture in International Development.
  • 1977 to 1978
    Michigan State University — Institute for African Studies. Instructor and resource person for college credited language course in Lingala, which is spoken in Congo.
  • Honors

    • Honorary Visiting Fellow, Leicester University, Leicester, England, 1995
    • Visiting Professor, Leicester University, Leicester, England, 1992 and 1994
    • McKethan–Matherly Senior Research Fellow, University of Florida, 1991–1994
    • The William R. Jones Most Valuable Mentor Award, 1991
    • Research Fellow, Cairo University, Egypt, 1980–83
    • Traveling Scholar, University of Michigan, 1979
    • National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship, 1978–79
    • Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture
    • Who's Who in America, 55th edition, 2001; 56th edition, 2002; 57th edition, 2003; 58th edition, 2004; 59th edition, 2005; 60th edition, 2006; 61st edition, 2007; 62nd edition, 2008; 63rd edition, 2009; 64th edition, 2010; 65th edition, 2011; 66th edition, 2012.
    • Who's Who in American Education, 1st edition, 1994–95; 2ndedition, 1996–97 ; 3rd edition, 1998–99; 4th edition, 2000–01; 5th edition, 2002–03; 6th edition, 2004-05; 7th edition, 2006-07; 8th edition, 2008-09.
    • Who's Who in Emerging Leaders in America, 4th edition, 1993–94; 5th edition, 1995–96; 6th edition, 1997-98; 7th edition, 1999-2000; 8th edition, 2001-02.
    • Who's Who in Finance and Industry, 28th edition, 1993–94; 29th edition, 1995–96.
    • Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2nd edition, 1994–95; 3rd edition, 1996–97; 4th edition, 1998–1999; 5th edition, 2000-2001; 6th edition, 2002-2003: 7th edition, 2003-2004: 8th edition, 2005-2006: 9th edition, 2007-2008: 10th edition, 2008-2009.
    • Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 21st edition, 1988–89; 22nd edition, 1991–92; 23rd edition, 1993–94; 24th edition, 1995–96; 25th edition, 1997–98.
    • Who's Who in the World, 10th edition, 1991–92; 11th edition, 1993–94; 12th edition, 1995–96; 13th edition, 1995–96; 14th edition, 1997; 15th edition, 1998; 16th edition, 1999; 17th edition, 2000; 18th edition, 2001; 19th edition, 2002; 20th edition, 2003; 21st edition, 2004; 22nd edition, 2005; 23rd edition, 2006; 24th edition, 2007; 25th edition, 2008; 26th edition, 2009; 27th edition, 2010; 28th edition, 2011; 29th edition, 2012.