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A portrait of Levan Elbrakidze

Levan Elbrakidze

Assistant Professor

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. — Texas A&M University, December 2004

M.S. — University of Nevada, Reno, August 2000

B.S. — University of Nevada, Reno, December 1998


August 2015 to Present — West Virginia University, Resource Economics

June 2014 to August 2015 — University of Idaho, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Moscow, ID Associate Professor, with tenure

November 2013 to August 2015 — Graduate Committee Chair

March 2008 to June 2014 — Assistant Professor

March 2005 to February 2008 — Assistant Research Professor, Texas A&M University, Agricultural Economics

August 2004 to December 2004 — Lecturer of Agricultural Economics

September 2001 to August 2004 Research Assistant

September 2000 to August 2001 — Teaching Assistant


Project Relevant Publications

    1. Yang, L., L. Elbakidze, C McIntosh, T. Marsh, “Pest management in potato production: pesticide use and secondary pests” Agricultural Economics, accepted
    2. Elbakidze, L., and Y. Jin (2015) “Are Economic Development and Education Improvement Associated with Participation in Transnational Terrorism?” Risk Analysis, 35(8):1520-35, DOI: 10.1111/risa.12378
    3. Ghosh, S., K. M. Cobourn, and L. Elbakidze, (2014) “Water Banking, Conjunctive Administration, and Drought: The Interaction of Water Markets and Prior Appropriation in Southeastern Idaho”, Water Resources Research, 50(80): 6927–6949, DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015572
    4. Elbakidze, L, R. M. Nayga Jr., H. Li, C. McIntosh, (2014)  “Value Elicitation for Multiple Quantities of a Quasi-Public Good Using Open Ended Choice Experiments and Uniform Price Auctions”, Agricultural Economics, 45(2):253-265
    5. Elbakidze L. and K. M. Cobourn, (2013) “Economic Foundations for the Interdisciplinary Modeling of Water Resources under Climate Change”, Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education 152:32-41.
    6. Egbendewe-Mondzozo, A., L. Elbakidze, B. McCarl, M. P. Ward, and J. Carey, (2013) “Partial equilibrium analysis of vaccination as an avian influenza control tool in the U.S. poultry sector”, Agricultural Economics, 44(1):111-123, DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-0862.2012.00634.x   
    7. Elbakidze, L R. Nayga, H. Li, (2012) “Willingness to Pay for Multiple Quantities of Animal Welfare Dairy Products: Results from Random Nth, Second Price, and Incremental Second Price Auctions”, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 61(3):417-438, DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7976.2012.01263.
    8. Elbakidze, L., X Shen, G. Taylor, S. Mooney, (2012) “Spatiotemporal Analysis of Prior Appropriations Water Calls”, Water Resources Research, 48(6):1-13, doi:10.1029/2011WR010609
    9. Elbakidze, L., and Y. Jin, (2012) “Victim Countries of Transnational Terrorism: An Empirical Characteristics Analysis”, Risk Analysis, 32(12):2152-65, DOI: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2012.01815.x
    10. Elbakidze, L., and R. Nayga, (2012) “The effects of information on willingness to pay for animal welfare in dairy production: application of non-hypothetical valuation mechanisms”, Journal of Dairy Science, 95(3):1099-1107
    11. Elbakidze, L., L. Lu, S. Eigenbrode, (2011) “Evaluating Vector-Virus-Yield Interactions for Peas and Lentils under Climatic Variability: A Limited Dependent Variable Analysis” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 36(3):504-520
    12. Elbakidze, L., L. Highfield, M. Ward, B. McCarl, and B. Norby, (2009)  “Economic analysis of mitigation strategies for FMD introduction in highly concentrated animal feeding regions”, Review of Agricultural Economics,31(4):931-950
    13. Jin, Y., B. McCarl, and L. Elbakidze, (2009) “Risk Assessment and Management of Animal Disease-Related Biosecurity”, International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 12(2):186-203
    14. Jin, Y., Power, G., and L. Elbakidze, (2008) “The Impact of North American BSE Events on Live Cattle Futures Prices” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, (December Proceedings Issue): 1279-1286
    15. Elbakidze, L., (2008) “Modeling of Avian Influenza Mitigation Policies within the Backyard Segment of the Poultry Sector”, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 33(2):195-211.
    16. Elbakidze L., (2007) “Economic Benefits of Animal Tracing in the Cattle Production Sector” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 32(1):169-180.
    17. Elbakidze L. and B. McCarl., (2007) “Sequestration Offsets versus Direct Emission Reductions: Consideration of Environmental Externalities.”  Ecological Economics, 60:564-571
    18. Elbakidze L. and B. McCarl, (2006) “Animal Disease Pre Event Preparedness versus Post Event Response: When is it Economic to Protect?” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 38(2):327-336
    19. Elbakidze L., (2006) "Potential Economic Impacts of Changes in Water Availability on Agriculture in the Truckee and Carson River Basins, Nevada, USA," Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 42(4):841-849
    20. Elbakidze L. and B. McCarl., (2004) “Should We Consider the Co-benefits of Agricultural GHG Offsets?” Choices, Fall

      Funding (More than $2.5 Million): Five Most Recent

        1. Elbakidze, L. R. Jackson, “Economic analysis of energy alternatives and policies for WV”, The Nature Conservancy. $100,000, 2016-2017.
        2. Elbakidze, L., Schroeder, B. G. Taylor, “Evaluating Irrigation Water Quality Regulation In Fresh Produce Production: The Case Of Treasure Valley In Eastern Oregon And Southwest Idaho”, USDA-AFRI, $402,000, 2016-2000
        3. Tavarez, H., L. Elbakidze, and A. Chacon, “Alleviating water scarcity in seasonally dry rural Costa Rica: the value of ecosystem service co-benefits from reforestation”, Borlaug Foundation, Purdue University, $19,696, 2014
        4. Elbakidze, L., G. Taylor, L. Barannyk, RD Schmidt, T Soltaninejad, “Dynamic modeling of rule curve reservoir operations under stochastic climate conditions”, USGS, $13,933
        5. Elbakidze, L., B. Contor, K. Cobourn, “Analysis of potential for ground water pumping lease markets in a segmented Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer” Idaho-NSF-EPSCOR, 2011, $64,708

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