Prof. Iddo Kan

My research activities are related to the scientific areas of agricultural economics, environmental and resource economics, regional economics and political economics. The common factor among most of my studies is the economic analysis of agricultural land use. I investigate this topic in relation to irrigation and drainage management, solid-waste management, assessment of climate-change impacts, rural landscape preservation, evaluation of externalities, and siting of noxious facilities and water pricing in political decision-making systems. Owing to my background in the scientific disciplines of soil and water (B.Sc.) and agricultural economics, my expertise is in integrating natural processes into economic analyses with the objective of characterizing management strategies and policies under optimal and/or equilibrium conditions.

 

See also: Iddo Kan

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

B.Sc.     
1991-1993    in Soil and Water Sciences, Department of Soil and Water Sciences, The Faculty of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Quality Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.

M.Sc.     
1994-1996    in Agricultural Economics, Department of Environmental Economics and Management, The Faculty of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Quality Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.

Ph.D.     
1997-2002    in Agricultural Economics, Department of Environmental Economics and Management, The Faculty of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Quality Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
2002-2003    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.

Service in Academic and Research Institutions

  • September 2000 - August 2002 University of California Riverside, The Department of Environmental Sciences, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist (visiting).
  • October 2003 - September 2007    University of Haifa, The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Lecturer.
  • October 2007-September 2012: Lecturer, The Department of Agricultural Economics and Management, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Rehovot.
  • October 2013-September 2019: Senior Lecturer, The Department of Environmental Economics and Management, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Rehovot.
  • October 2019-Present: Associate Professor, The Department of Environmental Economics and Management, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Rehovot. 

Other Scientific and Professional Activities

  • 1995-1998    Economic Consultant, Environmental Management & Consulting LTD (EMC), Karmei-Yosef, Israel.
  • 2002-2003    Professional Administrator and Economic Consultant to The Professional Committee for the Issue of Agriculture Water Pricing (known as the "Feinerman Committee"), The Prime-Minister’s Office, Israel.
  • 2006    Member of the scientific research committee of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the area of agricultural economics for 2006-7.

Awards and Scholarships

  • 1998    The Bonna-Terra Grant, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 1998    Ya’akov Gal Scholarship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 1999    Zorek and Udi Lev Scholarship.
  • 2003    Kan, I., Schwabe, K.A. and Knapp, K.C. “Microeconomics of Irrigation with Saline Water,” – outstanding journal article of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics for 2002.
  • 2007-8    The Golda Meir Fellowship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Research Grants

  • 2005: The Ministry of the Environment, Israel. Organic Waste Recycling in Israel—Economic and Environmental Aspects. Iddo Kan (PI) and Ofira Ayalon (PI), NIS32,000/65,000.

  • 2006: The Ministry of the Environment, Israel. Economic Evaluation of Climate-Change Effects on Agricultural Land Use in Israel. Iddo Kan (PI) and Mordechai Shechter (PI), NIS32,500/65,000 for 1 year.

  • 2007-2010: European Commission FP6, 6.3. Global Change and Ecosystems, Climate Change and Impact Research: the Mediterranean Environment (CIRCE). Mordechai Shechter (PI) and Iddo Kan (C), €97,500/195,000.

  • 2007-2010: USAID, MERC. Agricultural Rodent Pest Control by Avian Predators: an Ecologically Sustainable Approach. Yossi Leshem (PI), Iddo Kan (C) and other 5 researchers, $72,000/1,242,000 for 3 years.

  • 2008-2009: The Ministry of Environmental Protection, Israel. Life-Cycle Analysis of Solid Waste Treatment in Israel. Ofira Ayalon (PI) and Iddo Kan (PI), NIS264,000/528,000.

  • 2008: The Centre for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel. Economic Evaluation of Mosquito Damage. Iddo Kan (PI) and Ziv Bar-Shira (PI), NIS11,000/22,000.

  • 2008: The Governmental Authority for Water and Sewage, Israel. Estimating Agricultural Demands for Water Types. Iddo Kan (PI) and Mordechai Shechter (PI), NIS37,500/70,000.

  • 2008: The Centre for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel. Economic Assessment of Climate-Change Impacts on Agriculture. Iddo Kan (PI), NIS22,000.

  • 2009: The Centre for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel. Estimation of the Political Power of Agricultural Water Suppliers and Consumers in Israel by a Dynamic Analysis of the Timing and Capacity of Desalination Plant Construction. Iddo Kan (PI), NIS26,000.

  • 2010: The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel Ltd. Taxes and Quotas under Political Lobbying: A Structural Empirical Assessment. Israel Finkelshtain (PI) and Iddo Kan (PI), NIS93,000.

  • 2010: The Centre for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel. Regional-Scale Irrigation Management: The Dilemma of Blending Fresh and Saline Waters. Iddo Kan (PI), NIS25,000.

  • 2010-2012: The Governmental Authority for Water and Sewage, Israel. Estimating Climate-Change Impacts on Operation and Design of the Water Economy in Relation to Vegetative Agriculture and Economics in Israel. Iddo Kan (PI) and Dafna Disegni (C), NIS175,000/350,000.

  • 2011: The Centre for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel. Economic Analysis of Rodent Control by Barn Owls. NIS30,000 for 1 year.

  • 2012-2013: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Estimation of Integrated Demand for Freshwater, Brackish Water and Treated Wastewater in the Farm Level. Iddo Kan (PI) and Israel Finkelshtain (PI), NIS154,000/308,000.

  • 2011-2013: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Cotton Council. Multidiscipline Approach for Increasing Cotton Profitability. Yahushua Saranga (PI), Iddo Kan (C) and other 7 researchers, NIS150,000/2,700,000.

  • 2012-2014: The Research Center for Agriculture, Environmental Quality and Natural Resources. Water Management by Plants under Uncertain Availability. Iddo Kan (PI) and Menachem Moshelion (PI), $48,000/96,000.

  • 2012-2014: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Modeling Agriculture in Europe (Including Israel) for Food Security in Light of Climate Change (MACSUR). Mordechai Shechter (PI), Iddo Kan (C) and other 2 researchers, NIS173,451/999,000.

  • 2012-2014: JNF. Developing MYWAS for Israel. Iddo Kan (PI), Eli Feinerman (PI) and Israel Finkelshtain, (PI), $66,666/200,000.

  • 2013-2015: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. A Structural Land-Use Analysis of Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change: A Proactive Approach. Iddo Kan (PI) and Aliza Fleischer (PI), NIS178,000/356,000.

  • 2013: The Centre for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel. Structural Analysis of Climate-Change Impact on Agriculture under Partial Equilibrium. Iddo Kan (PI), NIS33,000.

  • 2014: The Centre for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel. Estimation of Combined Demand for Freshwater, Wastewater and Brackish Water at the Community Level and Simulation of Water Policy at the National Level. Iddo Kan (PI) NIS25,000.

  • 2014-2017: Water Authority, Israel. Estimation of Combined Demand for Freshwater, Wastewater and Brackish Water at the Community Level and Simulation of Water Policy at the National Level. Iddo Kan (PI) and Israel Finkelshtain (PI). NIS137,800/275600.

  • 2014-2017: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Economic and Social Trends in the Rural Sector in a Water-Shortage Period. Iddo Kan (PI) and Israel Finkelshtain (PI). NIS127,650/255,000.

  • 2015: The Centre for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel. Economic Impacts of Water Deficit in a Water Economy with Access to Different Water Sources. Iddo Kan (PI). NIS20,000.

  • 2015-2018: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Economic Analysis of Biochar Agricultural Application in Arid Regions: Israel and West China case studies. Iddo Kan (PI), Lee Xinqing (PI) and Ran Holtzman (C), NIS213,000/435,000.

  • 2015-2017: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Treatment and Reuse of Vegetative Agriculture Organic Wastes – Economic Analysis of Integrative Technologies. Iddo Kan (PI), Ofira Ayalon (PI), Zalman Henkin (C) and Pinchas Fine (C). NIS278,300/688900.

  • 2015-2017: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Concentration, Marketing Margins, and Regulation in the Food Sector. Israel Finkelshtain (PI) and Iddo Kan (PI). NIS100,000/200,000.

  • 2015-2017: NIFA-BARD (BARD NB-8307-14). Enhanced Resilience of Local Agricultural Water Supplies Through the Reuse of Municipal and Agricultural Wastewater: A Dynamic Economic Analysis. Iddo Kan (PI), Benny Chefetz (PI), Kurt Schwabe (PI) and David Jassby (C). $72,500/145,000.

  • 2016-2017: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Integrated Assessment of Policies in the Agricultural Sector and the Water Economy. Israel Finkelshtain (PI) and Iddo Kan (PI). NIS120,000/242,000.

  • 2016-2021: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Leveraging Modern Agriculture Through the Root Zone. Shimon Rachmilevitch (PI), Iddo Kan (C) and other 24 researchers. NIS375,000/15,000,000.

  • 2017: The Centre for Agricultural Economic Research, Israel. Import of Vegetables Free of Import Taxes. Iddo Kan (PI). NIS12,000.

  • 2018-2019: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Changes in the Israeli Agricultural Tariff Policy - Development of an Empirical-Economic Analytical Framework and its Application to the Olive-oil Branch. Iddo Kan (PI) and Israel Finkelshtain (PI). NIS100,000/200,000.

  • 2019-2021: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Long-Run Economic Optimization of Agricultural Water Supply under Treated-Wastewater Quality Standards. Iddo Kan (PI) and Israel Finkelshtain (PI). NIS82,600/165,200.

  • 2019-2020: The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Risk Management in Israeli Agriculture. Israel Finkelshtain (PI) and Iddo Kan (PI). NIS80,000/160,000.

  • 2020-2021: Nutricia Research Foundation. Does Health Information Make a Difference? How did the WHO Announcement that Classifies Processed Meat as Carcinogenic Affected Consumption. Israel Finkelshtain (PI), Iddo Kan (PI) and Berthabetty Schwartz (PI). €17,000/50,000.

  • 2020: The Ministry of Energy. Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus in Israel. Iddo Kan (PI), Israel Finkelshtain (PI) and Ohad Rave (PI). NIS167,000/730,000.

  • 2021-2023: The Ministry of Energy. Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus in Israel. Iddo Kan (PI) and Israel Finkelshtain (PI). NIS168,000/750,000.

  • 2021-2024: Joint German-Israeli Water Technology Research Program. Developing an economic simulation-modelling framework as a decision-support tool for policymakers in the water sector. Iddo Kan (PI) and Israel Finkelshtain (PI). €115,000/230,000.

  • 2021-2022: The Center for Agricultural Economic Research. Economic Analysis of Agro-Water Policies in Israel. Iddo Kan (PI). NIS50,000.

  • 2021-2022: The Center for Agricultural Economic Research. Institutional allocation of factors of production in Israeli agriculture and its impact on economic efficiency as a function of climatic conditions and organizational structure. Iddo Kan (PI). NIS30,000.

Teaching

  • 1996-2000, 2002-2017: 71148, Introduction to Natural Resources and Environmental Economics, M.Sc. program.

  • 2004-2007: 71141, Environmental Economics Modeling, M.Sc. program.

  • 2008-present: 71702, Economics of Natural Resources, B.Sc. program.

  • 2008, 2018, 2020-2021: 71996, Research Seminar B in Environmental Economics and management, M.Sc. program.

  • 2009, 2012, 2015, 2021: 71721, The Economics of Israeli Agriculture, B.Sc. program.

  • 2011-2012, 2015-2017, 2020-2021: 71108, Seminar (non thesis), M.Sc. program.

  • 2012, 2015-2017, 2020-2021: 71196, Research Seminar A in Environmental Economics and management, M.Sc. program.

  • 2015-present: 71734, Agricultural Planning, B.Sc. program.

  • 2016-present: 71124, Advanced Environmental Economics, M.Sc. program.

 

See also: Iddo Kan

List of Publications

Chapters in Collections

Gogodze, J., Kan, I. and Kimhi, A. (2005), Development of individual farming in Georgia: Descriptive analysis and comparisons, p. 5-26. In: Gogodze, J. and Kimhi, A. (eds), Privatization, Liberalization, and the Emergence of Private Farms in Georgia and Other Former Soviet Countries. Color, Tibilisi, Georgia.

Kan, I. and Kimhi, A. (2005), Land reform, cropland allocation decisions, and crop yields in Georgia, p. 27-57. In: Gogodze, J. and Kimhi, A. (eds), Privatization, Liberalization, and the Emergence of Private Farms in Georgia and Other Former Soviet Countries. Color, Tibilisi, Georgia.

Letey, J., Cardon, G.E. and Kan, I. (2007), Irrigation efficiency and uniformity, p. 119-132. In: Lascano, R.J. and Sojka, R.E. (eds), Irrigation of Agricultural Crops, 2nd ed. Agronomy monograph no. 30. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Publishers, Madison, WI, USA.

Kan, I., Haim, D., Rapaport-Rom, M. and Shechter, M. Rural landscape and optimal agricultural land use, p. 165-186. In: van der Heide, M. and Heijman, W. (eds), The Economic Value of Landscape. Routledge, New York, USA..

Kan, I. and Zeitouni, N. Impacts of changes in regional rainfall distribution patterns on winter agriculture in Israel, p. 193-208. In Becker, N. (ed.), Water Policy in Israel: Context, Issues and Options. Context, Issues and Options. Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London.

Kan, I., and Kislev, Y., (2015) Corporatization and Price Setting in the Urban Water Sector Under Statewide Central Administration: The Israeli Experience. In Lago, M., Mysiak, J., Gómez, C.M., Delacámara, G., Maziotis, A. (Eds.) Use of Economic Instruments in Water Policy. Springer. Switzerland.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Banin, A., Han, F.X., Kan, I. and Cicelsky, A. (1997). Acidic volatiles and the Mars soil. J. Geophys. Res. 102(E6): 13,341-13,356.

Carlton, C.A., Albert, F.G., Combie, J., Banin, A., Yablekovitch, Y., Kan, I., Bondar, R.J., Hamilton, V.E., Jolliff, B.L., Kuebler, K., Wang, A., Lindstrom, D.J., Morris, P.A., V. Morris, R., Murray, R.W., Nyquist, L.E., Simpson, P.D., Steele A. and Symes, S.J. (1999). Effects of sterilizing doses of Gamma radiation on Mars analog rocks and minerals, J. Geophys. Res. 104(E11): 27,043-27,066.

Kan, I., Schwabe, K.A. and Knapp, K.C. (2002). Microeconomics of irrigation with saline water. J. Agr. Resour. Econ27(1): 16-39.

Kan, I. (2003). Effects of drainage-salinity evolution on irrigation management. Water Resour. Res. 39(12): 1377-1388.

Feinerman, E., Finkelshtain, I. and Kan, I. (2004). On a political solution to the NIMBY conflict. Am. Econ. Rev. 94(1): 369-381.

Schwabe, K.A., Kan, I. and Knapp, K.C. (2006). Drainwater Management for Salinity Mitigation in Irrigated Agriculture. Am. J. Agr. Econ. 88(1): 133-149.

Kan, I., Kimhi, A. and Lerman, Z. (2006). Farm Output, Non-Farm Income, and Commercialization in Rural Georgia. Elect. J. Agr. Dev. Econ. 3(2): 276-286.

Gogodze, J., Kan, I. and Kimhi, A. (2008). Land Reform and Rural Well Being in Georgia: 1996-2003. Projections 7: 26-41.

Kan, I. (2008). Yield Quality and Irrigation with Saline Water under Environmental Limitations: The Case of Processing Tomatoes in California. Agr. Econ. 38: 57-66.

Kan, I., Haim, D., Rapaport-Rom, M. and Shechter, M. (2009). Environmental amenities and optimal agricultural land use: The case of Israel. Ecol. Econ. 68(6):1893-1898.

Kan, I., Leizarowitz, A. and Tsur, Y. 2010. Dynamic-spatial management of coastal aquifers. Optim. Contr. Appl. Met. 31: 29-41.

Kan, I., Ayalon, O. and Federman, R. (2010). On the efficiency of composting organic wastes. Agr. Econ. 41: 151-163.

Koch, J., Onigkeit, J., Schaldach, R., Alcamo, J., Köchy, M., Wolff, H.P. and Kan, I. (2011). Land-Use Change Scenarios for the Jordan River Region. Int. J. of Sustainable Water and Environmental Systems. 3(1):25-31.

Palatnik, R.R., Eboli, F., Ghermandi, A., Kan, I., Rapaport-Rom, M. and Shechter, M. 2012. Integration of general and partial equilibrium agricultural land-use transformation for the analysis of climate-change in the Mediterranean. J. Climate Change Econ. 2(4):275-299.

Broitman, D., Ayalon, O. and Kan, I. One size fits all? An assessment tool for solid waste management at local and national levels. Waste Manage 32:1979-1988.

Kan, I. and Rapaport-Rom, M. Regional blending of fresh and saline water: Is it efficient?Water Resour. Res 48. W07517, doi:10.1029/2011WR011285.

Kaminski, J., Kan, I. and Fleischer, A. A structural land-use analysis of agricultural adaptation to climate change: A proactive approach. Am. J. Agr. Econ.95(1):70-93.

Kan, I., Motro, Y., Horvitz, N., Kimhi, A., Leshem, Y., Yom-Tov, Y., and Nathan, R. (2014). Agricultural Rodent Control Using Barn Owls: Is it Profitable? Am. J. Agr. Econ. 96 (3):733-752.

Baum, Z., Palatnik, R., Kan, I. and Rapaport-Rom, M. (2016). Economic Impacts of Water Scarcity under Diverse Water Salinities. Water Econ. Policy. 2(1): 1550013.

Kan, I. (2016) Editorial—Special Issue on Economics of Salinity Impacts and Management. Water Econ. Policy. 2(1): 1602001.

Reznik, A., Feinerman, E., Finkelshtain, I., Kan, I., Fisher, F., Huber-Lee, A. and Joyce, B. (2016). The Cost of Covering Costs: A Nationwide Model for Water Pricing.Water Econ. Policy. 2(1): 1550013.

Reznik, A., Feinerman, E., Finkelshtain, I., Fisher, F., Huber-Lee, A., Joyce, B. and Kan, I. (2017). Economic Implications of Agricultural Reuse of Treated Wastewater in Israel: A Statewide Long-term Perspective. Ecol. Econ. 135: 222–233.

Raviv, O., Broitman, D., Ayalon, O. and Kan, I. (2017). A Regional Optimization Model for Waste-to-Energy Generation using Agricultural Vegetative Residuals. Waste Management 73: 546-555.

Broitman, D., Raviv, O., Ayalon, O. and Kan, I. (2018). Designing an Agricultural Vegetative Waste-Management System under Uncertain Prices of Treatment-Technology Output Products. Waste Management 75: 37–43.

Galkin, E., Dalal, A., Evenko, A., Fridman, E., Kan, I., Wallach, R. and Moshelion, M. (2018). Risk-management Strategies and Transpiration Rates of Wild Barley in Uncertain Environments. Physiologia Plantarum 164(4): 412-428.

Zelingher, R., Ghermandi, A., De Cian, E., Mistry, M. and Kan I. (2019). Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Vegetative Agriculture Markets in Israel. Environmental and Resource Economics 74(2): 679-696.

Finkelshtain, I., Kan, I. and Rapaport-Rom, M. (2020). Substitutability of Freshwater and Non-freshwater Sources in Irrigation: An Econometric Analysis. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 102(4): 1105-1134.

Slater, Y., Reznik, A., Finkelshtain, I. and Kan, I. (2020). Large-Scale Desalination and the External Impact on Irrigation-Water Salinity: Economic Analysis for the Case of Israel. Water Resources Research 56(9), e2019WR025657.

 

Other Publications and Reports

Environmental Management & Consulting LTD (EMC) (1996). Externalities and direct costs of waste disposal methods. A Report for the Israeli Ministries of Finance, Environment, National Infrastructure and Internal Affairs (in Hebrew, Editor of the report).

Kan, I. (1999). Economic aspects. In: Evra, Y. and Dov, M. (eds), ISO 14000: A Guidebook for the Factory. Environmental Management & Consulting LTD (EMC), Manufacturers Association of Israel and the Ministry of the Environment (in Hebrew).

Schwabe, K.A., Knapp, K.C. and Kan, I. (2001). The economics of integrated drain water management in the Central Valley. In: Salinity and Drainage Annual Report 2000-2001. UC Center for Water Resources, Riverside, CA, USA, pp. 97-104.

Ayalon, O. and Kan, I. (2001). The influence of solid waste treatment on land utilization. Karka 51:130-153 (in Hebrew).

Letey, J., Birkle, D., Jury, W.A and Kan, I. (2003). Model describes sustainable long-term recycling of saline agricultural drainage water. California Agriculture 57(1):24-27.

Kan, I. and Finkelshtain, I. (2004). Connections between political economics and environmental justice. Studies in Natural Resources and Environmental Management 2(1):71-82 (in Hebrew).

Federman, R., Kan, I. and Ayalon, O. (2007). Recycling of organic solid waste in Israel—environmental and economic aspects. Studies in Natural Resources and Environmental Management 5:37-52 (in Hebrew).

Kan, I., Rapaport-Rom, M. and Shechter, M. (Oct 2007). Assessing climate change impacts on water, land-use and economic return in agriculture. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1020562.

 

See also: Iddo Kan