In 2010, the National Research University Program of Kasetsart University was established with the aim to promote high-quality research. Agricultural and Food Economic Research Unit (AFER) focuses on applied economics researches that address agricultural and food economic problems and promote agricultural and food economy in Thailand and at international level by generating new academic knowledge. The researches emphasize on current and emerging issues for policy implications and for production and industrial recommendations in agricultural and food sectors, particularly on economics of food safety, food security, economics of climate change and climate variability, agricultural risk management, energy and bioenergy economics, economics of agricultural biotechnology, economics of food industry and consumer issues, international trade and agreement, economic integration and other issues in agricultural and food economics.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Attavanich, Witsanu
Interested Research Areas
Economics related to: Climate Change; Public Program and Policy Evaluation; Energy; Food; Demand Analysis and Forecasting; Analysis of Dynamic Prices; Applied Econometrics and Optimization; Transportation; Environment

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bunyasiri, Isriya
Interested Research Areas
(1) Agricultural Policy
(2) Rice Market
(3) Poverty
(4) Macroeconomics and International Finance

Asst. Prof. Dr. Duangbootsee, Uchook
Interest Research Areas
(1) Agricultural Policy
(2) Rice Market
(3) Development Economics
(4) Production Economics

Asst Prof. Dr. Janekarnkij, Penporn
Interested Research Areas
(1) Economics of natural resources and environment and policy focusing on resource conservation
and poverty alleviation
(2) non-market valuation of ecosystem services and biodiversity.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Lilavanichakul, Apichaya
Interest Research Areas
(1) Food Economics and Marketing
(2) Demand Analysis
(3) Economics of Food Quality
(4) Industrial Organization

Asst. Prof. Dr. Suphannachart, Waleerat
Interested Research Areas
(1) Development Economics
(2) R&D Impact Assessment

Asst. Prof. Dr. Sanglestsawa, Santii
Interested Research Areas
(1) Resource Economics
(2) Non-market valuation
(3) Economics of Agricultural Science and Technology, and Innovation

Asst. Prof. Dr. Suchato, Ravissa
Interested Research Areas
(1) Agricultural Economics
(2) Industrial Organization
(3) Agricultural Policy

Ass. Prof. Dr. Potchanasin, Chakrit
Interested Research Areas
(1) Agricultural Product Marketing
(2) Economics of Agricultural Production
(3) Application of Multi Agent System Model in Agricultural Economics

Asst. Prof. Dr. Photchanaprasert, Nuttapon
Interested Research Areas
(1) International Trade and Investment
(2) Agricultural Marketing

Asst. Prof. Dr. Napasintuwong, Orachos (main researcher)
Interested Research Areas
(1) Economics of Agricultural Biotechnology
(2) Production Economics
(3) Economics of Agricultural Science, Technology and Innovation

Asst. Prof. Dr. Mahathanaseth, Itthipong
Interested Research Areas
(1) Empirical industrial organization
(2) Production economics
(3) Computable general
(4) equilibrium model
(5) Applied econometrics

Dr. Tanompongphandh, Thanasin
Interested Research Areas
(1) Applied Economics Analysis
(2) Agricultural Finance
(3) Market Microstructure
(4) Trade and Investment

Graduate Students

1. Mr. Sutthiporn Poolsawas (2009-2011)
M.Sc. (Agricultural Economics)
Thesis: Duration Analysis of Hybrid Maize Adoption in Thailand.

2. Mr. Pakapon Saiyut (2011-2014)
Ph.D. (Agricultural and Resource Economics)
Dissertation: Impact of Changing in Agricultural Population Structure on Thai Agricultural Food Security.

3. Ms. Chompunuch Nantajit (2011-2013)
M.Sc. (Agricultural Economics)
Thesis: Economic Impacts on Land Use Change in Upstream and Downstream Agricultural Area in Mae Sa Watershed.

4. Ms. Thao Trang Tran Hoai (2012-2014)
M.Sc. (Agricultural and Resource Economics)
Thesis: Economics of High Quality Rice in Vietnam.

5. Ms. Noppawong Pavasopon (2014-2016)
M.Sc. (Agricultural and Resource Economics)
Thesis: Thai Consumers’ Willingness-To-Pay for Sources of Origins of Aromatic Rice

6. Ms. Siwabhorn Pipitpukdee (2015-2018)
Ph.D. (Economics)
Dissertation: The Future of Thailand Food Security under Climate Change and Land Use Policy


Post-graduate researchers 

1. Mr. Sutthiporn Poolsawas (2014-2015) Hybrid Maize Adoption and diffusion in Thailand.

1. Seminar on “Social, Economic, and Environmental Impacts of GM Crops”, September 2nd, 2015
2. Workshop for Visiting Young Researchers for the Development of Research Proposal on Agricultural Economics and Policy in ASEAN, July 6-10, 2015
3. Workshop on Impact Assessment of Agricultural and Food Research, June 5th, 2015
4. International Seminar on Consumer Preferences in Rice, February 17th, 2015
4. Workshop on “Crop Insurance in Thailand: Issues, Challenges, and Future Research” 20-21 May 2013

Visiting professors:
1. Professor Priyarsono, Bogor Agricultural University, 2012
Seminar: Food Security and Retional Economic Integration in ASEAN countries
Jan 25, 2012
2. Professor Heinz D. Kurz, University of Graz, Austria, 2012
Lectures: February 9 – March 5, 2012
• Production with land and labour: the concept of diminishing extensive and intensive
returns in agriculture.
• Innovations and Profits: the principle of “creative destruction”.
• Theories of economic growth: old and new, dealing with alternative approaches to the
problem of economic growth since the times of the classical economists.
• The crisis-prone nature of the process of innovation, dealing with the causes of the
instability of financial markets and cyclical fluctuations of economic activity.
3.Professor Shoichi Ito, Kyushu University, Japan, 2012
Seminar: What should we expect in the global rice economies for the future?
July 30, 2012
Exchange Student
1. Sina Xie, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, December 2012-March 2013


Pham, D .V . and N apasintuwong, O. 2020. “Genetically modified maize adoption in Southern Vietnam.” International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development. (forthcoming) doi: 10.1504/IJTLID.2020.10030481

Pipitpukdee, S., Attavanich, W. and Bejranonda, S. 2020. Impact of Climate Change on Land Use, Yield and Production of Cassava in Thailand.” Agriculture 10(9): 402.

Pochanasomboon, A., Attavanich, W. and Kidsom, A. 2020. “Impacts of Land Ownership on the Economic Performance and Viability of Rice Farming in Thailand.” Land 9(3): 1-21.

Poolsawas, S. and Napasintuwong, O. 2019. “Speed of hybrid maize adoption in Thailand: An application of duration analysis.” Journal of International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences J. ISSAAS 25(2): 1-13.

Napasintuwong, O. 2020. “Thailand’s maize seed market structure, conduct, performance.” Future of Food 8(2): 33-47. doi:10.17170/kobra-202003241098

Lee, J.Y ., Pavasopon, N., Napasintuwong, O., and Nayga, R.M. 2020. “Consumers valuation of Geographical Indication-labeled food: The case of Hom Mali rice in Bangkok.” Asian Economic Journal 34(1): 79-96. doi:10.1111/asej.12196Pham

Pham, N.T., amd Napasintuwong, O. (2020). “Farmers’ adoption and willingness to pay for certified aromatic rice seed in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam.” International Journal of Agricultural Management 8(4): 149-157. doi:10.5836/ijam/2020-08-149



Fatehah, L., Lilavanichakul, A., and Parthanadee, P. 2019. “An Analysis of Sustainability Indicators on A Thai Arabica Coffee Value Chain”. Panyapiwat Journal 11(1): 139-154.

Poolsawas, S. and Napasintuwong, O. 2019. “Speed of hybrid maize adoption in Thailand: An application of duration analysis.” Journal of International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences J. ISSAAS 25(2): 1-13.

Hein, Y., Vijitsrikamol, K., Attavanich, W., and Janekarnkij, P. 2019. “Do farmers perceive the trends of local climate variability accurately? An analysis of farmers’ perceptions and meteorological data in Myanmar.” Climate 7(64): 1-21.

Hein, Y., Vijitsrikamol, K., Attavanich, W., and Janekarnkij, P. 2019. “Economic assessment of climate adaptation options in Myanmar rice-based farming system.” Journal of Agricultural Science 11(5): 35-48.

Mahathanaseth, I., and Tauer, L. W. 2019. “Monetary policy transmission through the bank lending channel in Thailand” Journal of Asian Economics 60: 14-32.

Poolsawas, S., and Napasintuwong, O. 2019. “Speed of hybrid maize adoption in Thailand: An application of duration analysis”. Journal of the International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences 25(2): 1-13.

Saiyut, P., Bunyasiri, I, Sirisupluxana, P., and Mahathanaseth, I. 2019. “The impact of age structure on technical efficiency in Thai agriculture” Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences. 40(3): 539-545.


Athihirunwong, N., Janekarnkij, P., and Sanglestsawai, S. 2018. “Understanding youth motivation for water onion (crinum thaianum J. schulze) conservation in Thailand” Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences 39(1): 42-50.

Lilavanichakul, A., Chaveesuk, R., and Kessuvan, A. 2018. “Classifying consumer purchasing decision for imported ready-to-eat foods in china using comparative models.” Journal of Asia-Pacific Business 19(4): 286-298.

Nantajit, C., and Potchanasin, C. 2018. “Impacts of a Litchi’s marketing alternative policy on land use change in upstream and downstream agricultural area” Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences. 39 (2018) 660-673.

Poltam, S., Kaewrueng, S., Duangpatra, P., Weerathaworn, P., and Sanglestsawai, S. 2018. “Assessment of Biomass Loss and Air Pollution Caused by Pre-Harvest Sugarcane Burning using the Closed Loop Combustion System Model” EnvironmentAsia 11 (2): 1-8.

Tanompongphandh, T., Puttanapong, N., and Rakwatin, P. 2018. “Exploring optimal hedging strategy in Thai rice pledging scheme policy.” International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies 11(3): 198-208.


Brown, M.E., Carr, E.R., Grace, K.L., Wiebe, K., Funk, C.C., Attavanich, W., Backlund, P., Buja, L. 2017. “Do markets and trade help or hurt the global food system adapt to climate change?” Food Policy 68: 154-159.

Napasintuwong, O. 2017. “Development and competition of hybrid maize seed market in Thailand: The roles of public and private sectors” Tropical Agriculture. 94(4): 418-433.

Saiyut, P., Bunyasiri, I., Sirisupluxana, P., and Mahathanaseth, I. 2017. “Changing age structure and input substitutability in the Thai agricultural sector” Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences. 38(3): 259-263.

Sanglestsawai, S., Rodriguez, D. G. P., Rejesus, R. M., and Yorobe, J. M., Jr. 2017. “Production risk, farmer welfare, and bt corn in the Philippines” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 46(3): 507-528.


Attavanich, W., B.J. Schilling, K.P. Sullivan, and L.J. Marxen. 2016. “Measuring the Effects of Preservation on Farm Profits in a Continuous Treatment Setting.” Applied Economics 48(60): 5850-5865.

Attavanich, W. 2016. “Did the Thai Rice-Pledging Program Improve the Economic Performance and Viability of Rice Farming?” Applied Economics 48(24): 2253-2265.

Hoai Thao, T.T., and Napasintuwong, O. 2016. “Farmers’ Willingness-To-Change and adoption of aromatic rice in Vietnam” Journal of the International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences 22(2): 50-65.

Myint, P.L., and Napasintuwong, O. 2016 “Economic analysis of Paw San rice adoption in Myanmar” Asian Journal of Agricultural Research 10(5): 175-184.


Sanglestsawai, S., Rejesus, R.M., Yorobe, J.M., Jr. 2015. “Economic impacts of integrated pest management (IPM) farmer field schools (FFS): Evidence from onion farmers in the Philippines.” Agricultural Economics (United Kingdom) 46 (2): 149-162.


Attavanich, W. and B.A. McCarl. 2014. “How is CO2 Affecting Yields and Technological Progress? A Statistical Analysis.” Climatic Change 124(4): 747-762. Mahathanaseth, I. and Tauer W.T. 2014. “Performance of Thailand Banks after the 1997 East Asian Financial Crisis.” Applied Economics 46(30): 3763 – 3776.

Sanglestsawai, S., Rejesus, R. M., and Yorobe, J. M. 2014. “Do lower yielding farmers benefit from Bt corn? Evidence from instrumental variable quantile regressions.” Food Policy 44: 285–296.

Schilling, B.J., W. Attavanich, K.P. Sullivan, and L. Marxex. 2014. “Measuring the Effect of Farmland Preservation on the Profitability of Farms.” Land Use Policy 41: 84-96.

Schilling, B.J., W. Attavanich, and Y. Jin. 2014. “Does Agritourism Enhance Farm Profitability?” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 39(1): 69-87.


Attavanich, W., B.A. McCarl, Z. Ahmedov, S. Fuller, and D.V. Vedenov. 2013. “Effects of Climate Change on US Grain Transport.” Nature Climate Change 3: 638–643.

Hussein, W., and Janekarnkij, P. 2013 “Determinants of rural household food security in Jigjiga district of Ethiopia” Kasetsart Journal – Social Sciences 34(1): 171-180.

Lilavanichakul, A., and Boecker, A. 2013. “Consumer acceptance of a new traceability technology: A discrete choice application to ontario ginseng” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 16(4): 25-50.

Poolsawas, S. and Napasintuwong, O. 2013. “Farmer Innovativeness and Hybrid Maize Diffusion in Thailand.” International Journal of Agricultural and Extension Education 20(2): 51-65.


Krualee, S. and Napasintuwong, O. 2012. “Consumers’ willingness to pay for non-GM food labeling in Thailand.” International Food Research Journal 19(4): 1375-1382.

Mahathanaseth, I., and Tauer, L.W. 2012. “Market-power versus cost-efficiency in Thailand’s banking sector in the post-crisis period (1998-2011).” Journal of Asian Economics 23(5): 499-506.

Pookhang, B., Kao-Ian, S., Potchanasin, C. 2012. “Analysis of a sugarcane procurement business system in Suphan Buri pronvince” Kasetsart Journal – Social Sciences 33(2): 253-263.

2011 and earlier

Attavanich, W., B. A. McCarl, and R. Hughes. 2011. “Trade Liberalization, Climate Change Policies, and the Environment: The Growing Interaction and Impact: Discussion” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93(2): 558–559.

Attavanich, W., B. A. McCarl, and D. Bessler. 2011. “The Effect of H1N1 (Swine Flu) Media Coverage on Agricultural Commodity Markets.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 33(2): 241–259.

Suphannachart, W. and Warr, P. 2011. “Research and productivity in Thai agriculture.” Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 55(1): 35-52.

Schreinemachers, P., Potchanasin, C., Berger, T., and Roygrong, S. 2010. “Agent-based modeling for ex ante assessment of tree crop innovations: Litchis in northern Thailand.” Agricultural Economics 41(6): 519-536.

Napasintuwong, O. 2010. “The role of agricultural biotechnology policies in Thailand’s economy.” Asian Biotechnology and Development Review 12(1): 1-19.

Napasintuwong, O. and Traxler, G. 2009. “Ex-ante impact assessment of GM papaya adoption in Thailand.” AgBioForum12(2): 209-217.