James W. Richardson


Former Co-Director, Agricultural & Food Policy Center

Regents Professor (Emeritus)


Dr. Richardson has research and graduate teaching, and responsibilities in public policy and simulation analysis. Dr. Richardson's research has attracted national recognition by emphasizing quantitative, risk based policy analyses through the use of farm-level simulation models (FLIPSIM).

Evaluating the farm-level impacts of agricultural and tax policies on crop, livestock, and dairy farms is Dr. Richardson's specialty. His research is largely responsible for the ability of AFPC to evaluate the implications of policy decisions at the farm level — the analytical dimension for which the Center is best known. As new policies are considered, their consequences are evaluated and the results are provided to policymakers, producers, producer groups, and policy analysts.

Dr. Richardson's research also involves quantitatively evaluating the impacts of new technology on the economic viability of agricultural firms, farm program formulation, farm structure, and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture. Richardson has recently developed a simulation language and data analysis package Simetar © for teaching risk analysis and for policy analysis modeling.

  • Oklahoma State University | Doctor of Philosophy | Agricultural Economics | 1978

  • Oklahoma State University | Master of Science | Agricultural Economics | 1973

  • New Mexico State University | Bachelor of Science | Agricultural Economics | 1971

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Southern Agricultural Economics Association

  • Fellow, Western Agricultural Economics Association

  • Award for Professional Excellence from the American Agricultural Economics Association (6)

  • Texas A&M University Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Research and for Student Mentoring

  • Southern Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Professional Contribution Award for Research and for Extension

  • Western Agricultural Economics Association Teaching Award

  • Deputy Chancellor's Distinguished Performance Team Awards for both Research and for Extension Education (2)

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Honor Professor and Deputy Chancellor Award for TAES Faculty Fellow and Senior Faculty Fellow

  • Texas A&M University Regents Professor

  • United States Department of Agriculture Administrators Awards (2)

  • Farm Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Issues Education

  • Former President-Elect for the Western Agricultural Economics Association

  • National Association for Agriculture and Food Policy


Dr. Richardson enjoys woodturning and spending time with his grandchildren.