William H. Meyers

Emeritus Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics
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See William H. Meyers’ CV


William H. Meyers is currently Emeritus Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri and Adjunct Professor at School of Economics, Management and Statistics, University of Bologna. He was the Howard Cowden Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Director of CAFNR International Programs from 2011 to 2017, Interim Director for the Division of Applied Social Sciences in 2011 and Co-Director, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU) from 2003 to 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, an MS degree from the University of the Philippines, and a BA degree from Goshen College.

Prior to coming to MU, Dr. Meyers was a Professor of Economics at Iowa State University (ISU), where he lived and worked most of the time from 1979 to 2013. He was Director, Agriculture and Economic Development Division of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations from July 1999 to July 2002 while on leave from ISU. He was Visiting Consultant at the World Bank from January to June 1999, Interim Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) from 1996 to 1998, Associate Director of CARD from 1985 to 1996, Co-Director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at Iowa State University from 1984 to 1998, and Executive Director of the Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center from 1987 to 1998. He has been an Agricultural Economist at the USDA Economic Research Service, a Research Fellow at the International Rice Research Institute, a Visiting Professor at the University of Kiel and University of Bologna, and has directed USAID-funded projects in Ukraine, Hungary, Indonesia, Zambia, Jamaica, and Honduras. He has also worked extensively on agricultural and rural policy studies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary and Ukraine after they regained independence. Dr. Meyers has authored numerous publications on trade, agricultural and rural policy, commodity market analysis, and transition economics.

He is co-author or co-editor of 14 books and monographs, including co-author of “Refocusing Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in Ukraine: Action Plan for the Road Ahead” by IBI and USAID (2005), co-editor of “Handbook on International Food and Agricultural Policies”, World Scientific Press (2017). 544 pages, “Transition to Agricultural Market Economies: The Future of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine” by CAB International (2015), “Exchange Rate Volatility and Agricultural Trade” by Captus Press (2002) and “Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union: Successes and Challenges for a Rural Economy in Transition” by Iowa State University Press (1999).


  • Most Recent FAPRI Publications

    • William H. Meyers, Seth Meyer. "Causes and Implications of the Food Price Surge." FAPRI-MU Report #12-08.
    • Monika Tothova, William H. Meyers. "Predicting the Acceptance for High Beta-Carotene Maize: An Ex-Ante Estimation Method." FAPRI-MU #07-06.
    • Seth Meyer, James Hansen, William H. Meyers. "Interpretation of Long-Term Trade Projections: China's Role in Forecast Discrepancies and it's Impact on Expectations for World Agrciultural Trade." FAPRI-MU #09-05.
    • Patrick Westhoff, Julian C.R. Binfield, Brent Carpenter, William H. Meyers, Peter Zimmel. "The FAPRI-University of Pretoria Collaboration: Final Report for the University of Missouri South African Education Program." FAPRI-MU #07-04.
    • John Kruse, Seth Meyer, Abner Womack, William H. Meyers. "Briefing Paper on the Demand for U.S. Commodity Exports and the Mississippi River: Past and Future." FAPRI-MU Briefing Paper #02-04.
    • William H. Meyers, Abner Womack. "The European's Proposed "Agenda 2000" CAP Reforms: A First Look." FAPRI-MU PWP #03-97.
  • Most Recent Outside Publications

    • William H. Meyers, Thomas Johnson. "Handbook on International Food and Agricultural Policies." Washington, DC: World Scientific Press, 2017..
    • Abderraouf Laajimi, Kateryna G. Schroeder, William H. Meyers, Julian C.R. Binfield. "The Tunisia Wheat Market in the Context of World Price Volatility: A Stochastic Partial Equilibrium Approach." Journal of Food Products Marketing, February 2016.
    • Kateryna G. Schroeder, William H. Meyers. "The Status and Challenges of Food Security in Europe and Central Asia." In Food Security in a Food Abundant World (Frontiers of Economics and Globalization, Volume 16) (A. Schmitz , P.L. Kennedy, and T.G. Schmitz, Eds.). Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 85 - 103 (January 2016).
    • Hoa T.K. Hoang, William H. Meyers. "Price Stabilization and Impacts of Trade Liberalization in the Southeast Asian Rice Market." Food Policy, Volume 57, 26–39 (November 2015).
    • Andrew Schmitz, William H. Meyers. "Transition to Agricultural Market Economies: The Future of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine." Boston, MA: CAB International, June 2015.
    • Kateryna G. Schroeder, William H. Meyers. "Policy Issues and Prospects for Ukraine's Grain Exports." In Transition to Agricultural Market Economies: The Future of Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine (A. Schmitz and W.H. Meyers, Eds.). CAB International (June 2015).
    • William H. Meyers, Kateryna G. Schroeder. "Global Markets to 2020: FAPRI-MU Outlook and Policy Implications." Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference entitled “Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in Terms of the Republic of Serbia Strategic Goals Realization within the Danube Region.” Belgrade, Serbia (June 5, 2014).
    • Kateryna G. Schroeder, William H. Meyers. "Black Sea and World Wheat Market Price Integration Analysis." Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 61(4), 2013.
    • William H. Meyers, Jadwiga R. Ziolkowska. "Biofuels and Agricultural Markets." Published in: Il libro verde dello spreco in Italia l'energia (The Green Book on Energy Waste in Italy), Chapter 1.3 (pp. 54-68), A. Segrè and M. Vittuari (Eds.). Edizioni Ambiente, Milan, Italy (2013).
    • William H. Meyers, Kateryna G. Schroeder. "After 20 Years of Transition in Ukraine, Will the Market Find a Way?." In Agricultural Transition in Post-Soviet Europe and Central Asia after 20 Years (pp. 75-91), Studies on the Agricultural and Food Sector in Central and Eastern Europe (A. Kimhi and Z. Lerman, Eds.). IAMO – Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe, Halle, Germany (June 2013).