Brian Wright

Brian Wright’s interest in agricultural economics dates from his early experiences on his family’s sheep station in the Riverina district of New South Wales, Australia. He received a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (First Class Honors) from the University of New England, Armidale, and was awarded one of the two Frank Knox Fellowships given annually to Australian students by Harvard University, where he received an A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics. He then taught at Yale University and is now Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also Co-Director of Environmental Science.

Wright’s research has addressed the economics of markets for storable commodities, including speculation and market stabilization, agricultural policy, the economics of research incentives, and the economics of conservation of biodiversity. His current research topics include dynamic analysis of patenting of research inputs, the theory of commodity price behavior and speculation, and the economics of conservation of ex situ genebanks.

Recently he has served as the economist member of the Expert Panel on Proprietary Science and Technology for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He was the invited lecturer on "Intellectual Property Rights in Agricultural Biotechnology" at a recent meeting of the Committee on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) of the National Research Council. He has also been invited to make presentations on the implications of agricultural biotechnology for public research, and on the implications of patenting for the scientific community at the forthcoming annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His leisure interests include swimming, hiking, and having fun with his family.