Via WVU Today:
West Virginia University will play a key role in a new U.S. Department of Agriculture policy center that will offer rural development advice to decision makers on a national level.
Gianfranco Piras, a research assistant professor with the WVU Regional Research Institute, is part of a team of researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Michigan State University that will participate in the center funded by a grant from the USDA.
Director of WVU RRI Randall Jackson said the policy research center will examine and report on the effects of public policies and trade agreements on farm and agricultural sectors; the environment; rural families, households, and economies; and consumers, food, and nutrition.
Piras said his role is to do county-level econometric analyses and provide timely and policy-relevant information that will be used by the center to advise Congress and other decision makers. Econometrics is a statistical method used by economists to test hypotheses using real world information.
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