Dr. Wendong Zhang

Associate Professor
Dr. Wendong Zhang

Dr. Wendong Zhang is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. His research seeks to better understand U.S. farmland market, agricultural water conservation, and Chinese agriculture. Dr. Zhang is also affiliated with Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD), where he co-founded the new ISU China Ag center jointly with Dr. Dermot Hayes in collaboration with Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 2017.

Dr. Zhang is the leading researcher of the Iowa Land Value Survey, the Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure Survey, as well as the Iowa Lakes Survey. He also serves as the Academic Vice President for ASFMRA Iowa Chapter and leads the annual ISU Soil Management and Land Valuation (SMLV) Conference.

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

Recent Publications:

Mei, Yingdan, Li Gao, Wendong Zhang, and Feng-an Yang October 2021. Will Homeowners Benefit When Coal-fired Power Plants Switch to Natural Gas? Evidence from Beijing, ChinaAccepted at Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Zhang, Wendong, Sergio H. Lence, and Todd Kuethe, November 2020. Are Expert Opinions Accurate? Panel Data Evidence from Iowa Land Value SurveyAccepted at Land Economics

Zhang, Wendong. October 2020. The Case for Healthy U.S.-China Agricultural Trade Relations Despite Deglobalization PressuresForthcoming at Applied Economic Policy & Perspectives (published version)

Shao, Yongtong, Minghao Li, Dermot Hayes, Wendong Zhang, Tao Xiong, and Wei Xie. August 2020, China’s Missing Pigs: Correcting China’s Hog Inventory Data Using a Machine Learning ApproachForthcoming at American Journal of Agricultural Economics (Corresponding Author) (published version)

Li, Minghao, Edward Balistreri, and Wendong Zhang, June 2020, The U.S.-China Trade War: Tariff Data and General Equilibrium Analysis, Forthcoming at Journal of Asian Economics (published version)

Liu, Hongxing, Wendong Zhang, Elena Irwin, Jeffery Kast, Noel Aloysius, Jay F. Martin, and Margaret Kelcic. November 2020, Best Management Practices and Nutrient Reduction: An Integrated Economic-Hydrological Model of the Western Lake Erie BasinLand Economics, 96(4): 510-530 (published version)

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. 2016. 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