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Dr Simone Pieralli PhD, M.Sc. in Agr. & Res. Ec., M.A. in Int. & Dev. Ec., B.A. in Economics

Senior Lecturer in Farm Management

Doctoral Co-Supervisor
School of Agriculture and Environment

Simone is an applied agricultural production economist researching productivity, weather, climate change, and the economics of agricultural production and environment interactions. After graduating from University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2004 in Economics and from HTW Berlin in International and Development Economics (M.A.), Simone pursued his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland College Park, also thanks to a U.S. Fulbright Graduate Scholarship. He worked as postdoctoral researcher at HU Berlin and as Research Fellow in the European Commission Joint Research Centre. Before joining Massey University, Simone was awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at INRA in France.



  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Maryland (2015)
  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics - University of Maryland College Park (2011)
  • Master of Arts in International and Development Economics - HTW Berlin (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics of Public Administrations and International Institutions - University of Rome Tor Vergata (2004)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

agricultural economics, farm level production, agricultural productivity estimation through linear programming and econometric methods, weather and climate change impact estimation, econometrics, mathematical programming,  development economics, inverse land size-yield relationship, economic modelling, partial equilibrium modelling, large-scale agricultural trade modelling


Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Agricultural Economics (140201):
Agricultural Production Systems Simulation (070103): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100):
Applied Economics (140200): Econometric and Statistical Methods (140302): Econometrics (140300): Economic Development and Growth (140202): Economic Theory (140100): Economics (140000): Microeconomic Theory (140104): Panel Data Analysis (140304):
Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)


economics, agriculture, productivity, weather, climate change, production, econometrics, mathematical programming, economic modelling, partial equilibrium modelling, agricultural trade modelling

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 4 2

Research Outputs


Pieralli, S., Pérez Domínguez, I., Elleby, C., & Chatzopoulos, T. (2021). Budgetary Impacts of Adding Agricultural Risk Management Programmes to the CAP. Journal of Agricultural Economics. 72(2), 370-387
[Journal article]Authored by: Pieralli, S.
Araujo-Enciso, SR., Pieralli, S., & Pérez Domínguez, I. (2020). Introducing uncertainty in a large scale agricultural economic model: A methodological overview. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 178
[Journal article]Authored by: Pieralli, S.
Chambers, RG., & Pieralli, S. (2020). The Sources of Measured US Agricultural Productivity Growth: Weather, Technological Change, and Adaptation. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 102(4), 1198-1226
[Journal article]Authored by: Pieralli, S.
Chambers, RG., Pieralli, S., & Sheng, Y. (2020). The Millennium Droughts and Australian Agricultural Productivity Performance: A Nonparametric Analysis. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 102(5), 1383-1403
[Journal article]Authored by: Pieralli, S.
Thompson, W., Dewbre, J., Pieralli, S., Schroeder, K., Pérez Domínguez, I., & Westhoff, P. (2019). Long-term crop productivity response and its interaction with cereal markets and energy prices. Food Policy. 84, 1-9
[Journal article]Authored by: Pieralli, S.
Pieralli, S. (2017). Introducing a new non-monotonic economic measure of soil quality. Soil and Tillage Research. 169, 92-98
[Journal article]Authored by: Pieralli, S.
Pieralli, S., Hüttel, S., & Odening, M. (2017). Abandonment of milk production under uncertainty and inefficiency: The case of western German Farms. European Review of Agricultural Economics. 44(3), 425-454
[Journal article]Authored by: Pieralli, S.
Ritter, M., Pieralli, S., & Odening, M. (2017). Neighborhood effects in wind farm performance: A regression approach. Energies. 10(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pieralli, S.
Pieralli, S., Ritter, M., & Odening, M. (2015). Efficiency of wind power production and its determinants. Energy. 90, 429-438
[Journal article]Authored by: Pieralli, S.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 119.281 Decision Tools for Primary Industries

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Asharp Godwin - Doctor of Philosophy
    Constraints to Vegetable Seed Production on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand

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