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Peter Stenberg

Regional Economist


Peter's research has been in the area of economic development policy, focusing on physical and human infrastructure. Projects have included rural telecommunication policy, science and technology policy affecting rural-urban economic clusters, economic development, regional and international trade, comparative economics, policy toward investment in higher education research and teaching activities (such as land-grant institutions), and general infrastructure issues.


Prior to joining ERS, Peter was an assistant professor in the Economics Department at Hamline University, a research associate in the Center of Urban and Regional Affairs (Humphrey Institute), and a private consultant who had research contracts with various State and Federal agencies, universities, and corporations across the country.


Peter earned a Ph.D. and an MS in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Professional Affiliations:

Peter is a member of the American Economics Association, American Agricultural Economics Association, Western Economic Association International, and Regional Science Association International.

Selected Publications:

Stenberg, P.L., Rural Digital Economy, ERS Briefing Room.

Stenberg, P.L. and M. Morehart. "Characteristics of Farm and Rural Internet Use in the United States," in Yogesh Dwivedi, et al (eds.), Handbook of Research on Global Diffusion, Idea Group, Inc., 2008, pp. 395-406.

Stenberg, P.L. "An Overview of the Internet and Agriculture E-Commerce in the United States," in Widi Hardjono et al, (eds), Workshop on the Utilization of the Agricultural Technology Transfer and Training Networking System, APEC Secretariat, 2007, pp. 128-39.

Stenberg, P.L. and M. Morehart. "The Internet in U.S. Farm and Rural Businesses," in Irne Johansson, (ed), Entrepreneurship and Development-Local Processes and Global Patterns, University West, Sweden, 2007, pp. 501-12.

Stenberg, P.L. "Agriculture E-Commerce in the U.S.A.: An Overview of Communication and Information Technology and Agricultural Business," in Widi Hardjono et al, (eds), Seminar on Networking of the Agricultural Technology Transfer and Training, APEC Secretariat, 2006, pp. 184-94.

Stenberg, P.L. "Investment and Household Adoption of Communication and Information Services Across the United States," in Borge Johansson, Charlie Karlsson, and Roger Stough, (eds), The Emerging Digital Economy: Entrepreneurship, Clusters and Policy, Springer, 2006, pp. 263-76.

Stenberg, P.L. "The New England Urban-Rural Instrument Industry Cluster: A Historical Perspective," in Irene Johansson, (ed), Entrepreneurship, Spatial Industrial Clusters and Inter-firm Networks, Sweden: University of Trollhättan/Uddevalla, 2004, pp. 773-88.

Stenberg, P.L. "United States Policy for Spatial Investment in CIT," in Hermann-Josef Piepenbrock, Fabian Schuster, and Ernst-Olav Ruhle, (eds), Regulierung und Kapitalmarktbewertung in der Telekommunikation (Regulation and Capital Market Evaluation in Telecommunications), Koln, Germany: Josef Eul Verlag, 2004, pp. 125-42.

Stenberg, P.L. "Patterns in Investment and Use of Communication and Information Technology in the U.S.," in Irene Johansson, (ed), Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Regional Development and Public Policy, Sweden: University of Trollhattan/Uddevalla, 2003, pp. 425-36.

Stenberg, P.L. "Telecommunication Rural Policy in the U.S.: Issues and Economic Consequences," in Graham Dalton, John Bryden, Mark Shucksmith, and Ken Thomson, (eds), European Rural Policy at the Crossroads, Aberdeen, Scotland: The Arkleton Centre for Rural Development Research, 2003, pp. 149-65.

Stenberg, P.L. "Communications and the Internet in Rural America", Agriculture Outlook, AGO-292, June-July 2002, pp. 23-6.

Stenberg, P.L. "The New Economy, Rural Economic Development and the Farm Sector," in Ticha, I. (ed.), Agrarian Perspectives IX: Globalization and Competitiveness, Czech University of Agriculture, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2000.

Stenberg, P.L. Telecommunications in Rural Economic Development: Issues for Latinos and Other Communities, JSRI Occasional Paper No. 62, The Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, East Lansing, August 2000.

Stenberg, P.L., and J. Bryden. "Telecommunications in Rural Economic Development: The Promise for the U.S., Western Europe, and Poland," in Brown, D., and Bandlerova, A. (eds.), Rural Development in Central and Eastern Europe, Slovak Agricultural University, Slovak National Agricultural University, Nitra, Slovakia, April 2000.

Stenberg, P.L.(ed), "Telecommunications in Rural Economic Development," proceedings from a workshop, Western Rural Development Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, December 1999.

Last updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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