Dr. Bravo-Ureta has been a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut since 1980. He served as Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs from July 1998 to August 2008 where he had oversight for international activities at UConn. He also serves as the Director of the Learning for International Development (LID) Program since August 2008.
His technical expertise is in production and development economics. He has conducted extensive research on the forces leading to the growth of agricultural output with special reference to technical efficiency and productivity growth, economies of size, technology adoption, supply response, and natural resource management on hillside agriculture. He has done considerable work on the productivity of dairy farming and on the economics of agricultural production systems in the US, the European Union, Egypt, Ghana, Malawi, Morocco, Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and several Latin American countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay and The Dominican Republic. More recently, Dr. Bravo-Ureta has focused on Impact Evaluation of development projects in Central America and the Caribbean, and on the connection between climate change and productivity growth in agriculture at the micro and macro levels. Over the years he has also coordinated various activities dealing with Chile, China, Egypt, Dubai, Armenia, India, Iraq, Turkey, Taiwan, Mexico, Vietnam, Cambodia and Brazil. Dr. Bravo-Ureta has taught courses in agricultural marketing, production economics, benefit-cost analysis, microeconomic theory, economic development, and impact analysis of development projects. In addition, he has directed and/or taught many short-term international training programs on numerous topics including: Monitoring and Evaluating the Impact of Development Projects; Financial and Economic Appraisal of Projects; Skills for the Successful Negotiation of Development Assistance; Agribusiness Management; Leadership and Strategic Management.
Dr. Bravo-Ureta has served as a consultant to various organizations and has traveled extensively. His work has been funded by several institutions including: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Inter-American Development Bank; US Agency for International Development; US Dep. of Agriculture; The National Science Foundation; World Bank; Central American Bank for Economic Integration; US Dep. of Education; US State Dep.; Chilean Ministry of Agriculture; Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation; Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN; International Labor Office of the UN; Ministerio de Economía Familiar Comunitaria; Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería Nicaragua; Ministerio de Recursos Naturales Nicaragua; Ministerio de Agricultura-Dominican Republic; República de Honduras-Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería; República de Honduras-PRONADERS; Palladium; Chemonics International; TechnoServe; Fundación Chile; Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station; University of Talca in Chile.
- Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska, 1981
- M.S. Agricultural & Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 1979
- B.S. Economics & Business, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 1975
- Teaching, Research, Extension
Current Research Areas
- Production Economics & International Agricultural Development