Octavio Valdez Lafarga

PhD Student
Student Worker
POLY Campus


 Octavio Valdez-


 is a PhD Student
in Business Administration 

with a concentration in Agribusi

ness from W.P. Carey
School of Business at Arizona State University. 

For this matter he was
awarded a Scholarship from The Mexican National Council for
Science and Technology




 in conjunction
with the State of Sinaloa, Mexico in the year 2012. He is
currently a Research assistant working under grants provided by
the Marley Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Forest Service for the realization of research in areas
of food and outdoor recreation demand respectively. Previously, he
worked as a high school lecturer for the Bilingual High School of 


 de Monterrey:
Sinaloa Campus in Mexico, as well as an online course moderator
for the same institution for the 2007-2008 period. He also worked
as a Research and Teaching Assistant under funding provided by
Morrison School of Agribusiness at Arizona State University during
the 2008-2010 period.  As well as an 

economics, supply chain
management in agriculture, and international agricultural trade. 

associate researcher for
the project of Sustainable development of 




 crop for low
income highland areas of the state of Sinaloa, Mexico under
funding of  


  in 2011. He holds
a Bachelor’s of Science degree on Industrial Engineering
with a minor in Agribusiness from 


 de Monterrey:
Sinaloa Campus (2006), and a 


 of Science in
Agribusiness degree from Morrison School of Agribusiness at
Arizona State University. His research interests consist of
applied econometrics for agricultural and resource

Research Interests

Agricultural Economics and Sustainability

International Trade in Agribusiness.

Agricultural Supply Chain Management

Econometric modeling and Industrial Organization in Agribusiness.


Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BUA 381Small Business Acct & Finance