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Dr. Xiaoyong Zheng is the Graduate Program Director and Professor for the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at North Carolina State University. He specialises in markets with asymmetric information. His published and working projects include empirical studies of auctions (public works; timber; conservation reservation), contracts (marketing and production contracts in agriculture) and insurance (health; crop). He is also an applied econometrician, applying microeconometrics methods to study policy-relevant issues in food demand, health and international trade. He frequently speaks a seminars and conferences on agricultural economics and applied economics. He is currently associate editor of the Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization and previously of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He holds degrees from Indiana University (MA and PhD in Economics) and Peking University (BA Economic).