Ralph D. Christy joined the Cornell faculty in 1991. In 2000, he was named the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise.

Professor Christy's research and teaching interests are in the areas of agricultural marketing, public policy and economic development. His current research focuses on assessing the impact of structural and organizational changes in domestic agribusiness and value-added industries on the effectiveness of competition at various levels in the food system. An additional research priority is the analysis of key organizational and behavioral decisions that affect the competitive position of firms, marketing institutions, and industries in developing countries.

He has worked as an agricultural economist in Cameroon, Jamaica, Kenya, Slovakia, and Zimbabwe.

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