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Richard J. Sexton

Richard J. Sexton


University of MinnesotaPh.D. Agricultural and Applied Economics

University of MinnesotaM.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics

St. Cloud State UniversityB.A. Economics, Public Administration


Agricultural Marketing and Trade
Industrial Organization
Antitrust and Competition
Class Certification
Natural Resources & Environment
Economics of Cooperatives
Complex Damages

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Dr. Richard Sexton is Professor of Economics at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis. He served as Department Chair from 1994 to 1998 and from 2012 to 2016, and as Director of the University of California’s Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics from 2000 to 2003. His fields of interest include antitrust, agricultural marketing and trade, economics of cooperatives, and industrial organization. Dr. Sexton has been a leading authority on the application of “new industrial organization” methods to agricultural markets, including applications of game theory, and the use of structural econometric models to analyze competition in specific agricultural industries. He has over 100 publications, including journal articles, books, book chapters, and publications for non-specialist audiences. His research has been recognized in awards from the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the Western Agricultural Economics Association, and the European Economic Association. In addition, Dr. Sexton was invited to present the 2000 AAEA Waugh lecture and to write the industrial organization chapter in the Handbook of Agricultural Economics. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the AAEA and subsequently served as Director of the Association’s Executive Board until 2007. He served as co-editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from 1998 to 2001.

Dr. Sexton has over twenty-five years’ experience in litigation consulting, including merger analysis, predatory pricing, economic damages, unfair competition, breach of contract, price fixing and crop damages. In addition, Dr. Sexton has been retained for a number of business consulting engagements by leading food companies and cooperatives.