Krishna P. Paudel

Krishna P. Paudel

Deputy Director for Research and Communications


Krishna P. Paudel is deputy director for research and communications in the Resource and Rural Economics Division at the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).


Krishna focuses on water quality and quantity, technology adoption, and international development economics. Krishna has served agricultural economics and other affiliated professions in several roles, such as editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics and president of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. He serves as an associate editor for Natural Resource Modeling journal and editor for the Journal of Water Resource Planning and Management. Krishna was the Gilbert Durbin Endowed Professor of Agricultural Economics at Louisiana State University before joining ERS in 2021. 


Krishna received a Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics from the University of Georgia, an M.S. degree in agricultural economics from Auburn University, and a B.Sc.Ag. degree in agricultural sciences from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Selected Publications

Hu, H., K.P. Paudel, and Y. Tan. 2022. "Income, Policy, and Pollution," Environmental and Resource Economics 81:131–153.

Sarker, B.R., B. Wu, and K.P. Paudel. 2022. "Optimal Location for Renewable Gas Production and Distribution Facilities: Resource Planning and Management," BioEnergy Research 15:650–666.

Pathak, S., K.P. Paudel, and N.C. Adusumilli. 2021. "Impact of the Federal Conservation Program Participation on Conservation Practice Adoption Intensity in Louisiana, USA," Environmental Management 68:1–16.

Paudel, K.P., A.K. Mishra, M. Pandit, and E. Segarra. 2021. "Event Dependence and Heterogeneity in the Adoption of Precision Farming Technologies: A Case of U.S. Cotton Production," Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 181:105979.

Paudel, K.P., A.K. Mishra, M. Pandit, S. Larkin, R. Rejesus, and M. Velandia. 2020. "Modeling Multiple Reasons for Adopting Precision Technologies: Evidence From U.S. Cotton Producers," Computer and Electronics in Agriculture 175:105625.

Zhang, Z. and K.P. Paudel. 2019. "Policy Improvements and Farmers' Willingness To Participate: Insights From the New Round of China's Sloping Land Conversion Program," Ecological Economics 162,121–132.

Gautam, T. and K.P. Paudel. 2018. "Estimating Sectoral Demands for Electricity Using the Pooled Mean Group Method," Applied Energy 231(December):54–67.

Gautam, T.K. and K.P. Paudel. 2018. "Natural Gas Demand in the Northeastern United States," Energy 158:890–898.

Ma, Q.,, K.P. Paudel, L. Gu, and X. Wen. 2018. "An Application of a Cardinality-Constrained Multiple Benchmark Tracking Error Model on a Plant Enterprise Selection Problem," European Review of Agricultural Economics 45(5),677–721.

Lawell, C.-Y. C.L., K.P. Paudel, M. Pandit. 2018. "One Shape Does Not Fit All: A Nonparametric Instrumental Variable Approach To Estimating the Income-Pollution Relationship at the Global Level," Water Resources and Economics 21:3–16.

Poudel B. and K.P. Paudel. 2018. "An Integrated Approach To Analyzing Risk in Bioeconomic Models," Natural Resource Modeling 31(3),e12172.

Paudel, K.P., M. Pandit and M. Dunn. 2013. "Using Spectral Analysis and Multinomial Logit Regression To Explain Households' Choice Patterns," Empirical Economics 44:739–760.

Paudel, K.P, and B. Poudel. 2013. "Functional Form of Water Pollutants-Income Relationship Under the Environmental Kuznets Curve Framework," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 95:261–267.