Henry An

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology


Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Resource Economics & Environmental Sociology
(780) 492-3915
551 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1



Job/Research Area

Agricultural Economics, Biotechnology, Food Economics


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

  • Agricultural technology adoption and disadoption
  • Consumer demand for genetically engineered foods
  • Food security and economic development
  • Industrial organization of food markets


Current undergraduate courses: AREC 250 - Economic and Social Issues of Food Biotechnology (Winter); AREC/RSOC 410 - Capstone course (Winter)

Current graduate courses: AREC 533 - Production Economics (Fall)


AREC 250 - Social and Economic Issues of Food Biotechnology

This course will provide an introduction to the economics and business concepts in the biotechnology industry with an emphasis on food produced using genetic modification and other food technologies. The basic science behind GM foods will be discussed, but most of the material will focus on the social, economic, environmental, and legal issues surrounding GM foods. Key questions will be addressed using peer-reviewed literature and case studies, and the material will be presented from various disciplinary viewpoints.

AREC 410 - Advanced Methods and Applications in Applied Economics

Empirical applications of methods used in resource, environmental, agri-food, and forest economics. Involves one or more case study projects that focus on the empirical examination of economic issues in renewable resource management. Prerequisite: AREC 313. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

AREC 533 - Production Economics

Static and dynamic firm theory, production principles applied to resource use, resource and product combination, cost structure, uncertainty and expectations. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor. AREC 313 and ECON 481 recommended.

R SOC 410 - Research Methods and Policy Applications in Applied Environmental Sociology

Empirical applications of theory and methods used in environmental sociology, rural sociology, and natural resource sociology. Involves one or more case study projects that focus on conceptual understandings, field research methods, and policy analysis in the human dimensions of resource management. Prerequisite: R SOC 355, R SOC 365, or R SOC 450.

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Featured Publications

Jennifer Syme, Henry An, and Mohammad Torshizi

American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 2023 April; 10.1111/ajae.12400

Henry An, Feng Qiu and James Rude

Economic Modelling. 2021 September; 102 (Sept 2021):105552 10.1016/j.econmod.2021.105552

Stephanie Le, Scott Jeffrey and Henry An

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics. 2020 January; 52 (2):177-193 10.1017/aae.2019.41

Shuo Wang, Henry An

Forest Policy and Economics. 2019 January; 102 (May 2019):130-137 10.1016/j.forpol.2019.03.004

Henry An, Feng Qiu, Yanan Zheng

Food Policy. 2016 January; 62 (July 2016):142-150 10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.06.002

Fiona Hossack, Henry An

Environment and Development Economics. 2015 January; 20 (3):407-423 10.1017/S1355770X14000503

Henry An

Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy,. 2013 January; 35 (3):528-549 10.1093/aepp/ppt016