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Clinton Neill

I am an economist working on issues related to veterinary economics and food policy.

Areas of Focus

Economic Research

Solving economic issues using appropriate and rigorous methods


Focus on interdisciplinary 'learning by doing' for students and professionals


Share the knowledge generated through research with the industry and general public

A life of Learning, Teaching, and Traveling

About Me

My current position involves a dual role as the lead researcher for Cornell University’s new Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship and a Senior Economist for the AVMA. After earning a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics at Texas Tech University, I received my Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University in 2017. My first job after graduate school was at Virginia Tech, where I retain an adjunct professor appointment. At Cornell, I am an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Economics and Management. I hold appointments in the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Services at the College of Veterinary Medicine and in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at the S.C. Johnson School of Business. At the AVMA, I am Senior Economist and Associate Director of Strategic Business Research and Outreach where I focus on translating the work of the Veterinary Economics Division into actionable items for the industry. In my free time I enjoy traveling the world, running, biking, hiking, swimming, reading, and cooking. 
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Veterinary Economics

A majority of my research is in the area of veterinary economics. Since 2016, I have published several research papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and spoken at length to the industry on potential ways to increase veterinarian's incomes and alleviate the high educational debt that many veterinary students accumulate. My research is predominately funded by the veterinary medicine industry to ensure the success of veterinarians and enhance the animal welfare for livestock and pets.

Food Economics and Policy

As an agricultural economist, I study why we choose one food product over another. For many of us in developed countries, the question is, "What's for dinner?" My research focuses on the factors that affect that decision, and how our decisions may affect policy on a local, state, regional, and national level. I firmly believe that our individual beliefs about the environment, animal welfare, our health, and our social connections heavily influence our food decisions.

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