Professor Walburger grew up on a small farm in southern
Alberta, Canada. He completed a BA in Economics at the University of
Lethbridge in 1991, after which he pursued graduate studies at Purdue
University. He graduated with a PhD in Agricultural Economics in 1994.
Upon completion of his graduate work, Professor Walburger accepted a
post-doctoral position at the University of Lethbridge that was
completed in June 1996. At that time, he became an Assistant Professor
in the Department of Economics; and in April 1997 he took on the
responsibilities of coordinating the Agricultural Studies Program that
was launched in 1996. He was promoted to Associate Professor in July
2002. Professor Walburger has been a Visiting Professor,Department of
Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University (Fall 2002) and a
Visiting Scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge
Research Centre (Spring 2003).
Professor Walburger’s graduate fields were production economics
and industrial organization and as a result his teaching focus has been in microeconomics,
agricultural economics and industrial organization. However, he also has experience
teaching principles of macroeconomics, international economics, environmental economics
and quantitative methods.
Professor Walburger’s primary research interest is in
livestock production and marketing, particularly in beef marketing. His
PhD dissertation concerned the evaluation of market efficiency of US
fed cattle markets. He also has worked on research related to the selection
of swine breeding stock and hog marketing in Canada. He has published
research on the value of breeding stock attributes in range bulls and
the use of real-time ultrasound (RTU) and relations’ data to optimally
market fed beef cattle.
Professor Walburger also has applied his training
to a diverse set of research problems that broadly include farm-level
decision-making and regional economic analysis. His interest in
farm-level decision-making has been an important part of his research agenda.
On a more personal note, while Professor Walburger was
pursuing his undergraduate degree, he met and married Eva Klvacek. They
have 4 children: two girls and two boys. His family is really the
highlight of his life. He enjoys time spent camping, hiking and playing