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Dr. Robert G. Chambers



Agricultural & Resource Economics 2200 Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742-5535


  • Production Economics



B.S.F.S. 1972, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University: International Relations
M.S. 1975, University of Maryland at College Park: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Ph.D. 1979, University of California at Berkeley: Agricultural and Resource Economics


Areas of Interest:

  • Production Theory
  • Public Economics
  • Uncertainty
  • Financial Economics
  • Trade
  • Microeconomic Theory


Selected Publications:

Applied Production Analysis:  A Dual Approach, Robert G. Chambers, Cambridge University Press, 1988 (reprinted 1989, 1991, 1994, and 1997). Publication of Enduring Quality Award, American Agricultural Economics Association, 1999.

Uncertainty, Production, Choice and Agency: The State-Contingent Approach, Robert G. Chambers and John Quiggin, Cambridge University Press: New York, 2000. Quality of Research Discovery Award (Honorable Mention), American Agricultural Economics Association, 2001.

“On Marginal-Risk Behavior”. Robert G. Chambers. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 98 (2016): 406-21.

“Marginal Values and Returns to Scale for Nonparametric Production Frontiers”. Victor Podinovski, Robert G. Chambers, Kazim Atici, Iryna Deineko. Operations Research 64 (2016): 236-50.

 “”Decoupled” Farm Program Payments are Really Decoupled”. Robert G. Chambers and Daniel C. Voica. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99 (2017): 773-782. /10.1093/ajae/aaw044

“Ambiguity, Reasoned Determination, and Climate-Change Policy”. Robert G. Chambers and Tigran Melkonyan. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 81 (2017):74-92.

“Determining Climate Effects on US  Total Agricultural Productivity”. Xin-Zhong Liang, You Wu, Robert G. Chambers ,Daniel Schmoldt, Wei Gao, Chaoshun Liu, Yan-An Liu, Chao Sun, and Jennifer A. Kennedy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (2017) March, 114 (12) E2285-E2292.

“Estimating Ex Ante Cost Functions for Stochastic Technologies”. Robert G. Chambers and Teresa Serra. American Journal of Agricultural Economics (forthcoming in print) online at /10.1093/ajae/aay068

“Incomplete Preferences and Equilibrium in Contingent Markets”. Robert G. Chambers and Tigran Melkonyan. Economica (forthcoming).

“Growing climatic sensitivity of U.S. agriculture linked to technological change and regional specialization”. Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Erwin Knippenberg, and Robert G. Chambers. Science Advances 2018;4: eaat4343 12 December 2018.