Dr. Wendong Zhang

Assistant Professor
Dr. Wendong Zhang

Dr. Wendong Zhang is an applied economist and extension farm management specialist interested in land use, land management, land values and land ownership in the agro-ecosystem, as well as the interplay between agriculture and the environment with a focus on Lake Erie and Upper Mississippi River Basin agroecosystems.

Dr. Zhang is the leading researcher of the Iowa Land Value Survey, the Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, as well as the ISU Soil Management and Land Valuation Conference. He also led the development of the new, interactive Iowa Land Value Portal.

Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from the Ohio State University in July 2015, and he also holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Fudan University in China.

Recent Publications:

Zhang, Wendong, and Brent Sohngen. April 2018. Do US Anglers Care About Harmful Algal Blooms? A Choice Experiment of Lake Erie Recreational AnglersAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics 100(3): 868-888 (published version)

Zhang, Wendong, and Cynthia J. Nickerson. 2015. The Housing Market Bust and Farmland Values: Identifying the Changing Influence of Proximity to Urban CentersLand Economics, 91(4): 605-626. Lead Article (published version)

Zhang, Wendong, Douglas H. Wrenn, and Elena G. Irwin. Forthcoming. Spatial Heterogeneity, Accessibility and Zoning: An Empirical Investigation of Leapfrog DevelopmentJournal of Economic Geography (published version)

Area of Expertise: 
Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics
Environmental and Ecological Economics
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2015
M.A., The Ohio State University, 2012
B.S., Fudan University, China, 2009