HartarskaValentina Hartarska

Alumni Professor

Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Online Vita




2002 Ph.D. The Ohio State University
1997 MA. in Economics. CEU, Hungary & University of Essex, UK
1995 B.A. Finance. UNWE, Bulgaria

Professional Experience

2016-present Graduate Program Officer, PhD in Applied Economics, Graduate Committee Chair
2015 Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Center for European Research of Microfinance, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
2002-2013 Assistant, Associate, and full Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Auburn Univ.
2013-present Joint Appointment (Courtesy) Professor, Department of Finance, Auburn University
2008-2009 &
Adjunct Professor, Université Mons-Hainaut, Belgium

Honors and awards

High Impact Paper Award, College of Agriculture, Auburn University, 2012 and 2016
Fulbright Scholar, Core Programs, Belgium Spring 2015
Global Teaching Academy Fellow, Auburn University, 2014-present
Plenary Speaker, 3rd European Microfinance Research Conference, Agder University, Norway, 2013
Emerald Literati Network, Highly Commended Award Winner, 2013
Distinguished Professional Contribution Award, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, 2008
Fellowship, Center for Financial Research, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 2006
Invited Speaker:
– Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, October 3rd, 2013
– Microfinance Industry Meeting, Agder University, Norway, 2011
– Financial Economics Seminar, The World Bank, 2010
– Federal Reserve System, 4th Community Affairs Research Conference, 2005

Professional Affiliations

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
American Economics Association
European Agricultural Economics Association
International Association of Agricultural Economists

Research Activities

My main research interests are in financial markets and institutions, agricultural finance, microfinance, and economic development. I am interested in efficiency and governance of traditional and nontraditional financial institutions, impact analysis, gender and financial decision making, as well as real estate finance.

Courses Taught

Agricultural Finance
Agribusiness Finance
Agribusiness Management
Introductory Econometrics (MS & PHD)
Introduction to Rural Development (MS)
International Development Economics (Applied Impact Analysis Ph.D.)
PhD Research Paper Development

Select publications

  • Delgado M., C Parmeter, V. Hartarska and R Mersland, (2015) “Should All Microfinance Institutions Mobilize Microsavings? Evidence from Economies of Scope” Empirical Economics 48:193–225.
  • Hartarska, V. Roy Mersland, and Denis Nadolnyak (2014) “Are Women Better Bankers for the Poor: Evidence from Rural Microfinance Institutions?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96 (5): 1291-1306
  • Hartarska, V., Shen, X., and R. Mersland, (2013) “Scale Economies and Elasticities of Substitution in Microfinance Institutions,” Journal of Banking and Finance, 37(1): 118-131.
  • Hartarska, V., and R. Mersland, (2012), “What Governance Mechanisms Promote Efficiency in Reaching Poor Clients? Evidence from Rated MFIs,” European Financial Management, 18(2): 218-239
  • Hartarska, V.; C. Parmeter, and D. Nadolnyak (2011) “Economies of Scope of Lending and Mobilizing Deposits in Rural MFIs: a Semiparametric Analysis,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 93(2):389-398.
  • Caudill, S, D. Gropper, and V. Hartarska (2009), “Which Microfinance Institutions Are Becoming More Cost-Effective With Time? Evidence from a Mixture Model,” Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking,41(4): 651-672
  • Hartarska V. and D. Nadolnyak, (2008) “An impact Analysis of Microfinance in Bosnia,” World Development 26(12): 2605-2619.
  • Hartarska, V. and D. Nadolnyak (2007), “Do Regulated Microfinance Institutions Achieve Better Sustainability and Outreach? Cross-Country Evidence,” Applied Economics 39(10-12): 1207-1222
  • Hartarska, V. and C. Gonzalez-Vega (2005), “Credit Counseling and Mortgage Termination by Low-Income Households,” Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 30(3):227-243.
  • Hartarska, V. (2005) “Governance and Performance of Microfinance Institutions in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States,” World Development, Vol. 33(10):1627-1643.