Faculty and Staff

Pena-Levanom, Luis

Luis Peña-Lévano1

Luis Peña-Lévano

Agricultural Economics
Office: 102 Ag Science Building
Phone: 715-425-4875



PhD Purdue University, Agricultural Economics, specialized in International Trade, Optimization and Finance. Dissertation: Carbon Taxes, Forest Carbon Sequestration, Climate Induced Land Yield Changes, and their Interactions - Distinguished Dissertation Award in the field of Social Sciences, Purdue University, 2018-2019

M.S. University of Georgia, Agricultural and Applied Economics

B.S. Zamorano University, Food Science and Agroindustry Engineering - Valedictorian of the class 2009

Courses Taught:

University of Wisconsin–River Falls

AGEC 230 Agricultural Economics I

AGEC 495 Dairy Economics and Marketing

Professional Activities:


Chair of the International Section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) 2022 - Present

Secretary/Treasurer of the Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC) Section of the AAEA 2020 - 2022


Notes: Student coauthor, advisee, or mentee coauthor.

1. Lopez-Barrera, E; Peña-Lévano, LM.; Lowenberg-DeBoer, J; Fontanilla, C; Mosquera, M (2022) Sustainable Businesses Development in Post-Conflict Zones: A case in rural Colombia. Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, forthcoming.

2. G.; Melo; Peña-Lévano, L.M.; Luengo, K (2022). Economic Dynamics in the Beef Food Supply Chain under Pandemic Conditions. Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR): Forthcoming.

3. Peña-Lévano, L.M.; G.; Melo (2022). Adaptation of Teaching Strategies During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Applied Economics Teaching Resources (AETR): 4(1).

4. Fontanilla-Díaz, C; Preckel, P; Lowenberg-DeBoer, J; Sanders J; M. Peña-Lévano, L. (2021). Identifying profitable activities on the frontier: The Altillanura of Colombia. Agricultural Systems 192 (2021): 103199

5. Melo, G; Sanhueza, D; Morales, S; Peña-Lévano. L. (2021) What Does the Pandemic Mean for Experiential Learning? Lessons from Latin America. Applied Economics Teaching Resources 3 (3).

6. Peña-Lévano, L.M.; Adams, C.; Burney, S. (2021). Market demand and production of superfoods. Choices, 35 (3).

7. Peña-Lévano, L.; F. Taheripour (2020). Forest sequestration, food security and climate change. Environmental and Resource Economics Association (EAERE) Magazine 10, 24-27.

8. Peña-Lévano, L.; C. Escalante (2020). Oil consumption, air quality, and health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Perspectives on the Economics of the Environment in the Shadow of Coronavirus. Environmental and Resource Economics 76, 447–51.

9. Peña-Lévano, L.; Burney, S; Adams, C (2020). Labor Disruptions Caused by COVID-19 in the U.S. Agriculture and Nonfarm Industries. Choices, 35 (3).

10. Peña-Lévano. L. (2020) Personalizing online classes: The use of evaluation and participation tools. Applied Economics Teaching Resources: 2 (2).

11. Kiesel, K. Zuo, N. Peña-Lévano. L., Barkley, A., Lacy, K., Treme, J, Drevlow, E, Larsen, R, and Plakias (2020) Increasing Student Engagement with Agriculture in a Changing Academic Environment. Applied Economics Teaching Resources: 2 (3).

12. Peña-Lévano, L.M.; G.; Melo, Burney, S (2020). Theme Overview. COVID-19 and the Agriculture Industry: Labor, Supply Chains and Consumer Behavior. Choices, 35 (3).

13. Peña-Lévano, L.M.; F. Taheripour and W. Tyner (2019). Climate change Interactions with agriculture, forestry sequestration, and food security. Environmental and Resource Economics, 74(2): 653-675. Awarded: Best Paper Published in the Environmental and Resource Economics during 2019

14. Escalante, C; O. Williams, Rusiana, H.; Peña-Lévano, L.M (2019). Costly foreign farm replacement workers and the need for H2A Program Reforms. Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraiser: 14-20.

15. Peña-Lévano, L.M. (2018). The Role of Foreign Direct Investment in the Armington Elasticity of Substitution. Journal of Agribusiness, 36 (2): 167 - 182.