Department of Agricultural Economics


Currently, Dr. Dharmasena is Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University with research, teaching, student advising and outreach responsibilities. Also, he is an Associate of the Agribusiness, Food and Consumer Economics Research Center (AFCERC) at Texas A&M University.


Dr. Dharmasena’s current research interests are in the areas of Consumer Economics, Behavioral Economics, Health and Nutrition Economics, Economics of Food Security, Food Environments and Obesity, Spatial Price Modeling, Probability Forecast Evaluation, and Market Integration and Price Discovery. He has extensive training in applied econometrics, both structural and time-series. He has expertise in organizing and analyzing extremely large consumer transaction data, such as Nielsen Homescan panel. Also, he is very comfortable with handling macroeconomic data and other national, state and county level data in modeling and forecasting work.


He has papers and/or abstracts published in Health Economics, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Journal of Food Distribution Research, Resources, Energy and Development, and Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics. He is member of several professional associations including, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA), Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA) and International Health Economics Association (iHEA). Dr. Dharmasena has contributed to these professional associations in various capacities such as paper reviewer, selected presentation reviewer, judge, presentation moderator and organizer of symposia.

Department of Agricultural Economics &

Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics Research Center (AFCERC)

Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas  77843-2124