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LaPorchia Collins Professor of Practice Department of Economics Tulane University

LaPorchia Collins

Professor of Practice
209 Tilton Memorial Hall


LaPorchia Collins is a teacher-scholar with a B.S. in Agriculture Economics from Southern University and A&M College. LaPorchia recently earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics from The Ohio State University with an interdisciplinary specialization in College and University Teaching. For her efforts in teaching at Ohio State, she was awarded the 2015 Bernie Erven Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award; and, she was selected to participate in the OSTEP Graduate Teaching Fellows Program in which she organized professional development opportunities for graduate teaching associates within her department. LaPorchia’s research interests lie at the intersection of community/regional economics and health, with an emphasis on examining environmental influences on dietary choice and food security. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Outside of teaching and research, LaPorchia also has experience working in the government sector at both the state and federal levels.

Research Interests

  • Community and regional economics
  • Development economics
  • Applied microeconomics

Selected Publications

“The Effect of Farmers’ Market Access on Residential Property Values.” Applied Geography. October 2020.

“The Do Now: A Simple but Effective Active Learning Strategy.” Applied Economics Teaching Resources. 2(2): 58-63. March 2020.

“Differential Effects of Decentralization on Income Inequality: Evidence from Developed and Developing Countries” (with Antonio N. Bojanic). Empirical Economics. December 2019.

“Let’s Talk About the Money: Spousal Communication, Expenditures, and Farm Production” (with Joyce J. Chen). American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96(5): 1272-1290. October 2014.