David Zilberman

professor, agriculture and resource economics

Professor David Zilberman holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley, where he has been a faculty member since 1979. He is cofounder and co-director of the BEAHRS Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), and directs the campus’s Master of Development Practice (MDP) program. Zilberman’s areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy, biotechnology, bioenergy and climate change, and the economics of innovation, risk, marketing, water, and pest control. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the USDA, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Environmental Protection Agency, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. A fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association, he was honored with the organization's Quality of Communication Award and Outstanding Review of Agricultural Economics Article in 2007. Zilberman’s work has been published in a wide range of journals. He received his B. A. in economics and statistics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.