Nicholas Rada

Deputy Chief Economist

Nicholas focuses his research on the areas of intellectual property, economic growth, venture capital, and agriculture. He joined the USPTO in 2019 from the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he researched the nexus of science policy, food security, and total factor productivity (TFP) in rapidly emerging agricultural competitors Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, and China. Nicholas started his career by receiving a B.S. in Economics and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oregon State University.


Selected publications

Where are U.S. women patentees? Assessing three decades of growth (With M. Saksena and L. Cook) IP Data Highlights Number 6, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 2022. Available at 

Intellectual property and the U.S. economy: Third edition (With A.A. Toole and R. Miller) IP Economic Report, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 2022. Available at

Accounting for climatic effects in measuring U.S. field crop farm productivity (With S.L. Wang, R. Williams, and D. Newton) Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 44(4): 1975-1994, 2022. Available at

Disequilibrium effects from misallocated markets: An application to agriculture (With F. Badau) Agricultural Economics 53(4): 592-604, 2021. Available at: 

Productive efficiency and farm size in East Africa (With J. Julien and B. Bravo-Ureta) Agrekon 60(3): 153-164, 2021. Available at: 

Evaluating Agricultural Productivity and Policy in Russia (With W. Liefert and O. Liefert), Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2021. Available online at

New Perspectives on Farm Size and Productivity (With K. Fuglie), Food Policy 84 147-152, 2019. Available at

Agricultural Productivity Growth in Brazil: Large and Small Farms Excel (With S. Helfand and M. Magalhães) Food Policy 84 176-185, 2019. Available at

Assessing Farm Performance by Size in Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda (With J. Julien and B. Bravo-Ureta) Food Policy 84 153-164, 2019. Available at

Evaluating Research and Education Performance in Indian Agricultural Development (With D. Schimmelpfennig), Agricultural Economics 49(3) 395-406, 2018. Available at
Brazilian Agriculture: Is it all about the Large Farms? (With S. Helfand and M. Magalhães) EuroChoices 16(1) 17-22, 2017. Available at

India’s Post-Green Revolution Agricultural Performance: What is Driving Growth? Agricultural Economics 47(3) 341-350, 2016. Available at

Subsidy or Market Reform? Rethinking China’s Farm Consolidation Strategy (With C. Wang and L. Qin) Food Policy 57 93-103, 2015. Available at

Impacts of Migration on Household Production Choices: Evidence from China (With C. Wang, L. Qin, and S. Pan) Journal of Development Studies 50(3) 413-425, 2014. Available at

Assessing Brazil’s Cerrado Agricultural Miracle. Food Policy 38 146-155, 2013. Available at

Hired-Labor Demand on Chinese Household Farms (With C. Wang and L. Qin) Journal of Agribusiness in Developing & Emerging Economies 2(2) 115-129, 2012. Available at

Agricultural Policy and Productivity: Evidence from Brazilian Censuses (With S. Buccola). Agricultural Economics 43(4) 353-365, 2012. Available at

Government Policy and Agricultural Productivity in Indonesia (With S. Buccola and K. Fuglie). American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93(3) 863-880, 2011. Available at