Xu, Wenchao

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Economics, Oregon State University


Email:wenchaxu [at] xmu.edu.cn


Office Hours:Friday 15:00-17:00

Biography Research Papers Research Projects


Working experience
Associate Professor at School of Economics & Wang Yanan Institute for Studies in Economics (WISE), Xiamen University, 09/2015-Present
Postdoctoral Research Associate/Visiting Scholar, Idaho National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR at Boise State University,

Ph.D. in Economics (AREc), Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon Graduation: 2010
Dissertation title: “Essays on Environmental Feature and Land Use”
Dissertation committee: JunJie Wu (chair), Richard Adams, Munisamy Gopinath, Andrew Plantinga, and Kipp Shearman
Master in Economics, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China 2003
Bachelor in Economics, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China 2000

Research interests
Agricultural Land Use; Climate Change; Water Resources; Local Water Governance; Water Rights; Rural-Urban Sustainability


Li, P., Tian, Y., Wu, J., & Xu, W. (2021). The Great Western Development policy: how it affected grain crop production, land use and rural poverty in western China. China Agricultural Economic Review. https://doi.org/10.1108/CAER-07-2020-0175


Xu, W., Li, M., & Bell, A. R. (2019). Water security and irrigation investment: evidence from a field experiment in rural Pakistan. Applied Economics, 51(7), 711-721. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2018.1513634


Li, M., Xu, W., & Zhu, T. (2019). Agricultural water allocation under uncertainty: redistribution of water shortage risk. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 101(1), 134-153. doi: 10.1093/ajae/aay058


Xu, W., & Lowe, S. E. (2018). An integrated analysis of the effects of local water institutions on irrigated agriculture outcomes in the arid western United States. Applied Economics, 50(15), 1761-1776. doi: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1374539


Li, M., Xu, W., & Rosegrant, M. W. (2017). Irrigation, risk aversion, and water right priority under water supply uncertainty. Water Resources Research, 53(9), 7885-7903. doi: 10.1002/2016WR019779


Rosegrant, M.W., Li, M., & Xu, W. (2017). Chapter 11: Beyond water markets: second-best water allocation policy? In Pingali, P. and Feder, G. (eds.), Agriculture and Rural Development in a Globalizing World. Earthscan Food and Agriculture Series. London, United Kingdom, and New York, United States: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


Xu, W., & Li, M. (2016). Water supply and water allocation strategy in the arid US West: evidence from the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer. Regional Environmental Change, 16(3), 893-906. DOI 10.1007/s10113-015-0806-1


Wu, J., Xu, W., & Alig, R. J. (2016). How do the location, size and budget of open space conservation affect land values?. The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 52(1), 73-97. DOI 10.1007/s11146-015-9506-3


Hanson, Z. K., Lowe, S. E., & Xu, W. (2015). Climate change, water supply, and agriculture in the arid western United States: eighty years of agricultural census observations from Idaho. Global Water Forum (http://www.globalwaterforum.org/2015/01/26/climate-change-water-supply-and-agriculture-in-the-arid-western-united-states-eighty-years-of-agricultural-census-observations-from-idaho/)


Xu, W., Lowe, S. E., & Adams, R. M. (2014). Climate change, water rights, and water supply: The case of irrigated agriculture in Idaho. Water Resources Research, 50(12), 9675-9695. doi: 10.1002/2013WR014696, featured in AGU Editor Highlight (http://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/agu/article/10.1002/2013WR014696/editor-highlight/)


Xu, W., Lowe, S. E., and Adams, R. M. (2014). Research Spotlight: Climate change, water rights and water supplies: the case of irrigated agriculture in Idaho. EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union 95(19), 164.


Xu, W., Lowe, S. E., & Zhang, S. (2014). An analysis of irrigated agricultural outcomes under the prior appropriation doctrine: hypotheses and applications. Applied Economics, 46(22), 2639-2652. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2014.907483


Hansen, Z. K., Lowe, S. E., & Xu, W. (2014). Long-term impacts of major water storage facilities on agriculture and the natural environment: Evidence from Idaho (US). Ecological Economics, 100, 106-118. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.01.015



Xu, W., & Wu, J.  (2012). Amenity-driven migration and the spatial distribution of economic activity, in Heide, M.V.D. and Heijman, W. (eds.), The Economic Value of Landscapes, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Books


• National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant #71673228, 2017.1.1-2020.12.31, PI

• National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant #71873116, 2019.1.1-2022.12.31, Faculty Associate

• Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, Grant #20720161070, 2016.1.1-2018.12.31, PI