Brian Wright
Professor
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Biography

Brian Wright received a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (First Class honors) from the University of New England, Armidale, where he won one of two Frank Knox Fellowships given annually to Australian students by Harvard University, where he received an A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics. He then joined Yale University’s Economics Department and is now chair of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Brian’s research interests include economics of markets for storable commodities, market stabilization, agricultural policy, industrial organization, public finance, invention incentives, intellectual property rights, the economics of research and development, and the economics of conservation and innovation of genetic resources. Brian has co-authored or co-edited several books and has published extensively in the leading journals in economics, agricultural economics, and other fields.

Brian is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association. He served as the economist member of the Subcommittee on Proprietary Science and Technology of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He served on the Committee on Intellectual Property in Genomic and Protein Research and Innovation of the National Academies’ Board of Science, Technology and Economic Policy, and has collaborated with the Research Center for Property Exchange of Peking University.