Sun Ling Wang

Sun Ling Wang

Senior Economist
202-694-5460
sunling.wang@usda.gov

Briefly

Sun Ling Wang (also known as Ling Sun) is a senior research economist with the Structure, Technology, and Productivity Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division at the USDA's Economic Research Service. Her responsibilities include planning and implementing the U.S. agricultural productivity program and conducting evidence-based, policy-relevant economic research on the causes and effects of productivity growth. Her research has focused on productivity measurement and issues affecting either long-term productivity growth or short-term variations—such as science policies (R&D), energy shocks, and climatic effects. Her research interests also include international economics and development economics.

Education

Sun Ling received her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and an M.S. and B.S. in Agricultural Economics from National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan.

Professional Affiliations

Sun Ling is a member of the American Economic Association, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the International Association of Agricultural Economics.

Selected Publications

Wang, S. L., N. Rada, R. Williams, and D. Newton. 2022. "Accounting for climate effects in measuring U.S. field crop farm productivity," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Wang, S.L., R. A. Hoppe, and T. Hertz. 2022. "Increases in Labor Quality Contributed to Growth in U.S. Agricultural Output," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Wang, S.L., R. A. Hoppe, T. Hertz., and Shicong Xu. 2022. "Farm Labor, Human Capital, and Agricultural Productivity in the United States," ERR-302, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Wang, S.L., J. B. Walden, and E. H. Markowitz. 2021. "Measuring Output, Inputs, and Total Factor Productivity for the U.S. Commercial Fishery: A Proposal," NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-F/SPO-217, 14 pages.

Wang, S.L., J.B. Walden. 2021. "Measuring fishery productivity growth in the Northeastern United States 2007–2018," Marine Policy. Elsevier, volume 128.

Wang, S.L., R. Mosheim, R. Nehring, and E. Njuki. 2020. "Productivity is the Major Driver of Economic Growth in the U.S. Farm Sector," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July.

Wang, S.L., E. Ball, R. Nehring, R. Williams, and T. Chau. 2019. "Impacts of climate change and extreme weather on U.S. agricultural productivity: Evidence and projection," chapter 2 in Agricultural Productivity and Behavior (W. Schlenker, edition), NBER, University of Chicago Press.

Wang, S.L., J. Huang, X. Wang, and F. Tuan. 2019. "Are China’s Regional Agricultural Productivities Converging: How and Why?," Food Policy. Elsevier, volume 86(C).

Wang, S.L. 2019. Agricultural Productivity and Sources of Growth in the U.S. Farm Sector, Chapter 1.5 in Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, 2019, EIB-208, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, May.

Somwaru, A., F. Tuan, and S.L. Wang. 2018. "Assessing China’s Long Term Export and Income Growth in the Global Markets," International Journal of Economics and Finance. Volume 10, number 9.

Wang, S.L., R. Nehring, and R. Mosheim. 2018. "Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: 1948–2015," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.

Wang, S.L., A. Plastina, L. Fulginiti, and E. Ball. 2017. "Benefits of Public R&D in U.S. Agriculture: Spill-ins, Extension, and Roads," Theoretical Economics Letters 07(06):1873–1898, October.

Wang, S.L., E. Ball, R. Nehring, and R. Mosheim. 2016. "Productivity Growth Is Still the Major Driver in Growing U.S. Agricultural Output," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Ball, E., R. Nehring, and S.L. Wang. 2016. "Productivity Growth in U.S. Agriculture: 1948–2013," International Productivity Monitor 30:64–76.

Tuan, F., A. Somwaru, S.L. Wang, and E. Tsakiridou. 2016. "The Dynamics of China’s Export Growth: An Intertemporal Analysis," South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics 14(1):37–57.

Ball, E., S.L. Wang, R. Nehring, and R. Mosheim. 2015. "Productivity and Economic Growth in U.S. Agriculture: A New Look," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 38(1):30–49.

Wang, S.L., P. Heisey, D. Schimmelpfennig, and E. Ball. 2015. "U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth: The Past, Challenges, and the Future," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Wang, S.L., P. Heisey, D. Schimmelpfennig, and E. Ball. 2015. Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: Measurement, Trends, and Drivers, ERR-189, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July.

Wang, S.L. 2015. "Long-Term Agricultural Productivity Growth Lowers Agricultural Commodity Prices, Short-Term Productivity Changes Contribute to Price Variability," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April.

Wang, S.L., and L. McPhail. 2014. "Impacts of Energy Shocks on U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth and Food Prices—A Structural VAR Analysis," Energy Economics, November.

Wang, S.L. 2014. "Extension Faces Challenges as It Enters Its Second Century," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Wang, S.L., and E. Ball. 2014. "Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: 1948–2011," Amber Waves Feature, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Wang, S.L. 2014. "Cooperative Extension System: Trends and Economic Impacts on U.S. Agriculture," Choices, First Quarter.

Wang, S.L., P. Heisey, W. Huffman, and K. Fuglie. 2013. "Public R&D, Private R&D, and U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth: Dynamic and Long-run Relationships," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 95(5): 1287–1293.

Ball, E., D. Schimmelpfennig, and S.L. Wang. 2013. "Is U.S. Agricultural Productivity Slowing?" Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 35(3):435–450.

Wang, S.L., and F. Gale. 2013. "China's Agricultural Productivity Growth: Strong but Uneven," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

Wang, S., F. Tuan, F. Gale, A. Somwaru, and J. Hansen. 2013. "China's Regional Agricultural Productivity Growth in 1985–2007: A Multilateral Comparison," Agricultural Economics 44(2):241–251.

Fuglie, K., and S.L. Wang. 2012. "Productivity Growth in Global Agriculture Shifting to Developing Countries," Choices 27(4), Fourth Quarter.

Wang, S.L., E. Ball, L. Fulginiti, and A. Plastina. 2012. "Accounting for the Impacts of Public Research, R&D Spill-ins, Extension, and Roads in U.S. Agricultural Productivity Growth," Agricultural Productivity: An International Perspective, Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

Wang, S.L., D. Schimmelpfennig, and K. Fuglie. 2012. "Is Agricultural Productivity Growth Slowing in Western Europe?," Agricultural Productivity: An International Perspective, Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

Fuglie, K., S.L. Wang., and E. Ball. 2012. "Introduction to Volume," Agricultural Productivity: An International Perspective, K. Fuglie, S. Wang, and E. Ball, editions. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

Fuglie, S.L. Wang, and E. Ball, editions. 2012. Productivity Growth in Agriculture: An International Perspective, Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

Fuglie, K., and S.L. Wang. 2012. "New Evidence Points to Robust but Uneven Productivity Growth in Global Agriculture," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Ball, E., and S.L. Wang. 2012. Productivity Growth in U.S. Agriculture, Agricultural Resources and Environmental Indicators, EIB-98, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August.