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Position Title
Executive Director of UC Davis Chile Life Sciences Innovation Center

Global Affairs

Social Sciences and Humanities, 3122

Faculty Position

Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Resource Economics
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


  • Aspects of livestock development in LDCs, including supply, demand, international trade, policy, agricultural research and technical change, with an emphasis on cattle
  • Effect of international commodity agreements on domestic policy in exporting countries, especially as it engenders rent seeking, e.g., the effect of the International Coffee Agreement
  • Chilean agriculture and economic development, most recently related to the causes and consequences of the Chilean fruit boom post 1974
  • Food and nutrition policies in LDC's especially as they affect the growth of young children


  • B.A., University of Kansas
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Biography of Lovell “Tu” Jarvis

Lovell S. “Tu” Jarvis received a B.A in economics with highest distinction from the University of Kansas in 1964, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1969. Jarvis taught economics at UC Berkeley from 1969 to 1983, and worked as an international consultant before becoming a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis in 1984. He was Divisional Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1999-2009. Jarvis conducts research on agricultural development and agricultural policy in less-developed countries, including the economics of livestock production; the prevention, control and eradication of animal disease; the adoption and impact of new technologies; the allocation of water resources; agricultural labor markets; international trade; biotechnology; food and nutrition policy; and the development of Chile's agricultural sector. He has consulted extensively for the U.S. government, international agencies such as the World Bank, foreign governments and private firms.