James Vercammen

James Vercammen

Professor, Food and Resource Economics (jointly appointed with the Sauder School of Business)



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University of California, Berkeley, 1991, PhD, Agriculture and Resource Economics

University of Saskatchewan, 1988, MSc, Agricultural Economics

University of Saskatchewan, 1986, BSA, Agricultural Economics

James is currently writing a textbook titled Time Series Analysis of Food and Energy Prices. The material in this book supports his on-going contributions to Canada’s Food Price Report, media interviews concerning food price inflation and his supervision of summer projects of students in the Masters of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program. James has a long-standing research interest in commodity futures markets, risk and insurance and properties of agri-environmental contracts.

Dr. Vercammen teaches at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level in the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program.


  • COMM/FRE 295 Managerial Economics
  • COMM/FRE 394 Government and Business
  • FRE 501 Strategic Economic Analysis of Agri-Food Markets

James Vercammen joined the Faculty July 1, 1991 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor and began a joint appointment with the Sauder School of Business in July, 1996. James was promoted to full professor in 2002.

James grew up on a medium-size grain and cattle farm in southeastern Saskatchewan. He obtained his BSc and MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. James occupied the Van Vliet Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan from July, 1995 to June, 1996.

James has been at UBC since completing his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley in 1991. He has spent sabbatical leaves at the University of Melbourne (1998/99), KL Leuven (2005), University of Toulouse (2005), Lincoln University (2006), INRA @ Rennes (2014), University of Sassari (2014) and University of Western Australia (2015).

James was co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics (CJAE) from July, 2001 to July, 2004. He was president of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) from August, 2010 to July, 2011. James was also the co-editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from August, 2013 to August, 2017.