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Matthew Holt

June 1, 2017

In August 2017, Matthew Holt was professor and department head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Holt's research uses modern time-series methods to study the behavior of agricultural and natural-resource commodity markets. His recent publications have focused on interactions between climate anomalies and agricultural commodity markets, the role of transactions costs and, more generally, nonlinearities in domestic and international commodity price relationships, and the role of large-scale mechanical refrigeration in altering U.S. agricultural markets and production patterns during the industrial revolution (1880-1910). His current research examines co-shifting in global, hemispheric temperature trends and the impact of climate anomalies on conditional corn yield distributions over time.