Lindon J. Robison

Lindon J. Robison

Ph.D., Texas A & M University
M.S., University of Illinois
B.S., Utah State University


Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 202D
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 353 7226, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



Biographical Information

Dr. Lindon J. Robison is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the tenure stream at Michigan State University.  He joined the department in 1977.  He holds degrees from Utah State University, University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University.  He has published numerous books and articles, including the text for the department’s capstone Agri-business management course 435 which he also.  He also recently taught mathematical programming for masters students in the department.  He has consulted for governments, firms, and international organizations such as the World Bank, particularly in Latin America. He has worked for the US Government as an agricultural economist, has been a visiting faculty member at Brigham Young University, the University of Minnesota, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala Sweden.  He has won many academic awards including Best Ph.D. thesis for his work on risk and portfolio management of rural banks and in 2012 was made a fellow of the Institutional and Behavioral Economics section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). His most frequently cited works in The Competitive Firm’s Response to Risk which he authored with Peter J. Barry and “Is Social Capital Really Capital” which he authored with Allan A. Schmid and Marcelo E. Siles.  One of his former students, Robert P. King, recently served as the AAEA president.  Finally Dr. Robison’s professional interests include: 

  • The social capital paradigm
    • social capital
    • networks
    • institutions
  • Attachment values and socio-emotional goods and their influence on:
    • farmland values
    • environmental practices
    • surveys and framing responses
    • transaction costs
  • Social capital and risk responses
  • Motives and medical screen