Edward Jaenicke, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • Graduate Program Director: Energy, Environmental, and Food Economics (EEFE)
Edward Jaenicke, Ph.D.
208-C Armsby
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-865-5282

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic modeling of food purchase behavior
  • Link between food behavior and health
  • Retail food product offerings and prices
  • Organic food and agriculture


  1. Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, 1997


Research Interests

Currently, my research investigates (i) pricing behavior by food retailing firms, (ii) food purchasing behavior by households, and (iii) the impact of the food environment on the overall healthfulness of food purchases. Much of my research relies on micro-level scanner data that reflect the food purchases of individual households.  Organic food and agriculture is one of my specific interests.

Current/Recent Courses

  • AG BM 170z:  Exploring the U.S. Food System from Farm to Table
  • AG BM/INTAG 470: Comparing U.S. and France Food and Agricultural Systems
  • EEFE 510:  Econometrics I

Ph.D. Students and Placements - Link

Recent Publications

Yu, Y., and E.C, Jaenicke. 2019. “Estimating Food Waste as Household Production Inefficiency.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Forthcoming. (For an earlier version, see this working paper:

Chen, X., Y. Liu,  E.C. Jaenicke, & A.N. Rabinowitz. 2019. "New Concerns on Caffeine Consumption and The Impact of Potential Regulations: The Case of Energy Drinks." Food Policy.

Bauner, C., E.C. Jaenicke, E. Wang, and P-C. Wu. 2019. “Couponing Strategies in Competition Between a National Brand and a Private Label Product.” Journal of Retailing.

Media coverage: Chicago Booth Review, April 16, 2019

Chenarides, L, and E.C. Jaenicke. 2018. “Documenting the Link between Poor Food Access and Less Healthy Product Assortment across the U.S.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Chen, D.,  E.C. Jaenicke, and R.J. Volpe.  2018. “The Healthfulness of Food-at-Home Expenditures, the Local Food Environment, and Childhood Obesity.”American Journal of Health Promotion.

Li J, Jaenicke EC, Anekwe TD, Bonanno A. 2018. Demand for Ready‐to‐eat cereals with Household‐level censored purchase data and nutrition label information: A distance metric approach. Agribusiness. 2018; 1–27.

Marasteanu, I. J., and E.C. Jaenicke. 2018. Economic impact of organic agriculture hotspots in the United States. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1-22.

Volpe, R., E.C. Jaenicke, and L. Chenarides. 2018. "Store Formats, Market Structure, and Consumers’ Food Shopping Decisions." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.  

Demko, I., and E.C. Jaenicke. 2017. “Impact of European Union–U.S. Organic Equivalency Arrangement on U.S. Exports.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Wrenn, D.H, H.A. Klaiber, and , E.C. Jaenicke.  2016. "Unconventional Shale Gas Development, Risk Perceptions, and Averting Behavior: Evidence from Bottled Water Purchases."  Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics 3(4): 779-817.

Chen, D.  E.C. Jaenicke, and R.J. Volpe.  2016. “Food Environments and Obesity: Household Diet Expenditure Versus Food Deserts.” American Journal of Public Health, 106 (5): 881-888.

I.J. Marasteanu and E.C. Jaenicke. 2016. “Hotspots and Spatial Autocorrelation in Certified Organic Operations in the United States.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 45 (3): 485–521.   

I.J. Marasteanu and E.C. Jaenicke. 2016. “The Role of US Organic Certifiers in Organic Hotspot Formation.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 31(3): 230-245.

Jaenicke, E. C., and A. Carlson.  2015. “Estimating and Investigating Organic Premiums for Retail-Level Food Products.”  Agribusiness: an International Journal, 31 (4): 453–471.                     

Wrenn, D.H., T.W. Kelsey, and  E.C. Jaenicke. “Local and Non-local Employment Impacts Associated with Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 42 (August 2015): 1-19.

Marasteanu, I.J., E.C. Jaenicke, and C. Dimitri.  “Slotting Fees for Organic Retail Products:  Evidence from a Survey of U.S. Food Retailers.” The Journal of International Food & Agribusiness Marketing, 26 (July 2014):28–48.



Research Interests

Agriculture & Food