Nicholas Rada

Deputy Chief Economist

Nicholas Rada is the Deputy Chief Economist at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Prior to joining the USPTO, Nicholas conducted research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. There, he investigated the nexus of science policy, food security, and agricultural total factor productivity (incl. technological progress and efficiency gains) in Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, and China, as well as in the United States. He also examined the changing relationship between farm size and productivity as countries reached different stages of economic development. 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

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 Agricultural Productivity and Policy in Russia (With W. Liefert and O. Liefert), Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2019. Available online 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: