Saleem Shaik

Branch Chief, Agricultural Policy and Models Branch


Saleem Shaik is Branch Chief of Agricultural Policy and Models Branch in the Market and Trade Economics Division at the Economic Research Service (ERS).


Saleem joined ERS in 2021. His research focuses on the effects of farm and trade policies on farm income, efficiency and productivity. At North Dakota State University (NDSU), he served as professor of agribusiness and applied economics and director of the Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies. His primary focus was the development of baseline and farm model to evaluate farm policy and trade for the State. He taught Applied Risk Analysis, Farm Management and Production Economics, and Analytical Methods for Applied Research at the undergraduate and graduate level. He supervised 8 M.S./Ph.D. students and served as a committee member of 46 M.S./Ph.D. students. Prior to NDSU, Saleem was involved in crop insurance and aquaculture projects at Montana State University and Mississippi State University.


Saleem received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He completed his M.S. in Agricultural Economics and B.S. in Agriculture from Andhra Pradesh Agriculture University, India.

Selected Publications

Atwood, J., J. Robinson-Cox and S. Shaik. 2006. “A Direct Test of Yield Switching Fraud in the Federal Crop Insurance Program,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 88 (2): 365-381.

Atwood, J., S. Shaik and M. Watts. 2003. “Are Crop Yields Normally Distributed? A Reexamination,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 85(4):888-901.

Atwood, J., and S. Shaik. 2020. “Theory and Statistical Properties of Quantile Data Envelopment Analysis,” European Journal of Operational Research, 286(2):649-661.

Coble, K.H., T.R. Hanson, S.H. Sempier, S. Shaik, and J.C. Miller. 2006. Investigating the Feasibility of Livestock Disease Insurance: A Case Study in Aquaculture, in “Livestock Insurance Products International Conference and Forum: Discovery of Ideas and Issues,” Koontz S.R. and D.L. Hoag, eds., pp. 252-271. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK.

Mishra, A. K., H.S. El-Osta, and S. Shaik. 2010. “Succession Decisions in Family Farm Businesses,” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 35(1): 133-152.

Shaik, S., and J. Atwood. 2020. “A Comparative Study of Alternative Approaches to Estimate Productivity,” Journal of Quantitative Economics, 18(4):747-766.

Shaik, S. 2020. Efficiency of Source Differentiated Sectoral Energy Demand Accounting for Climate, Chapter 20, 467-488, published in “Handbook of Energy Finance: Theories, Practices and Simulations,” Edited By Stéphane: Goutte and Duc Khuong Nguyen.

Shaik, S. 2019. Role of Crop Insurance and Farm Programs in Contributing to Agriculture Land Values by Major Farm Bills. “Public Policy in Agriculture: Its Impact on Labor, Income and Food Security,” Edited By: Ashok K. Mishra, Davide Viaggi, Sergio Gomez y Paloma.

Shaik, S., and Osei-Agyeman Y. 2018. “Does Climate Influence Energy Demand? A Regional Analysis,“ Applied Energy, 212(15):691-703.

Shaik, S., and Bhattacharjee, S. 2016. “Hierarchical Crop Yield Linear Model,” Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, 9(2):219-231.

Shaik, S. 2015. “Impact of Liquidity Risk on Variations in Efficiency and Productivity: A Panel Gamma Simulated Maximum Likelihood Estimation,” European Journal of Operational Research, 245 (2), 463-469.

Shaik, S. 2014. “Re-examination of Production, Cost, and Restricted Profit Functions using Quantile Regression Approach,” Agricultural Economics, 45 (2), 199-212.

Shaik, S. 2013. “Crop Insurance Adjusted Panel Data Envelopment Analysis Efficiency Measures,“ American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 95(5):1155-1177.

Shaik, S. 2013. “Did Crop Insurance Programmes Change the Systematic Yield Risk?” Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 68(1):89-103.

Shaik, S., Atwood, J., and Helmers, G A. 2012. “Did 1933 New Deal Legislation Contribute to Farm Real Estate Values: A Regional Analysis,” Journal of Policy Modeling, 34(6):801-816.

Shaik, S., K. Coble, T. O. Knight, A. E. Baquet, and G. F. Patrick. 2008. “Crop Revenue and Yield Insurance Demand: A Subjective Probability Approach,” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 40(3):757-766.

Shaik, S., B.J. Barnett, K.H. Coble, J.C. Miller, and T. Hanson. 2006. Insurability Conditions and Livestock Disease Insurance in “Livestock Insurance Products International Conference and Forum: Discovery of Ideas and Issues,” Koontz S.R. and D.L. Hoag, eds., pp. 53-67. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK.

Shaik, S., J. Atwood and G. A. Helmers. 2005. “The Evolution of Farm Programs and their Contribution to Agricultural Land Values,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 87 (5): 1190-1197. (invited paper).

Shaik, S., G. A. Helmers, and M. Langemeier. 2002. “Direct and Indirect Shadow Price Estimates of Nitrate Pollution Treated as an Undesirable Output and Input,” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 27(2):420-432.