Rick Barichello, Professor | Economist


Rick Barichello is a Professor within the Food and Resource Economics Group at the University of British Columbia and has worked at UBC since his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1979.  He was Head of the UBC Department of Agricultural Economics from 1988 to 1994, and from 2007 to 2014 was the Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Research within UBC’s Institute of Asian Research. He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and a visiting professor at Yale, Stanford, Harvard, UCalifornia-Davis, Leuven in Belgium, and ISEAS in Singapore.

He worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development in Jakarta, from 1986 to 1988, and has subsequently researched and taught courses in Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Cambodia, Korea, Poland, and Ethiopia. He was President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 1999 and awarded the designation of Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, its highest honour, in 2008. In 2015 he was named to the Executive Committee of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, committed to be Chair of that organization in 2016.

His research has been on the economic analysis of public policy, particularly trade and agricultural policies and institutions, Canadian dairy and poultry quota markets, and on a variety of agricultural development issues, mostly applied to Southeast Asia. His work in development has focused mostly on trade policy, world food markets, Southeast Asia rural labour markets, and cost-benefit analysis.