David L. Ortega

David L. Ortega

Ph.D., Purdue University
M.S., Purdue University
B.S., University of Florida

Assistant Professor

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle, Dr., Rm 306, Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 353 2981, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information

David Ortega is Assistant Professor of Global Agri-food Systems at Michigan State University. He is appointed in the tenure system at MSU. A native of Venezuela, he grew up in Florida where he started his career as an applied economist. After graduating from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Food and Resource Economics, he commenced his graduate education at Purdue University. His graduate research focused on consumer demand analysis, food safety and Chinese economic development. David’s MS thesis was a series of essays on food demand in China which forecasts future trends in meat consumption and discusses ramifications for both domestic meat producers, and grain exporters.

With the growing Sino-American linkages found in today’s global agricultural markets, David strongly believes that having a comprehensive understanding of the emerging Chinese economy will be crucial to agribusiness world-wide. David’s PhD dissertation explored Chinese food safety issues and how they affect consumer and producer behavior. It is important that his work has real impacts on today’s society and makes a positive contribution to the agricultural economics profession. As a doctoral student, David had the opportunity to personally brief representatives from the U.S. government, Chinese government, granting agencies and other stakeholders regarding the findings of his research. He has been a visiting scholar at China Agricultural University, visiting researcher at The University of Queensland and a visiting instructor at Inner Mongolia Agricultural University.

David enjoys working across fields and takes an interdisciplinary approach to his research. As an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University he will continue to apply his knowledge of Chinese agricultural economics to American and global agribusiness issues. Other topics of research include providing decision support to domestic producers and agribusinesses facing an ever-changing set of factors, ranging from production-oriented decisions to public perception of agricultural practices. On his spare time, David enjoys travelling, learning new languages, swimming and being outdoors.

Professional Interests

  • Consumer and Producer Behavior
  • Choice Modeling
  • Economics of Food Safety and Quality
  • Global Agrifood Transformations
  • Agribusiness Management