Edward Jaenicke, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
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 101:  Economic Principles of Agribusiness Decision Making
  • AG BM/INTAG 470: Comparing U.S. and France Food and Agricultural Systems
  • AEREC 510:  Econometrics I

Ph.D. Students and Placements - Link

Select Publications

Bauner, C., E.C. Jaenicke, E. Wang, and P-C. Wu. “Couponing Strategies in Competition Between a National Brand and a Private Label Product.” Journal of Retailing. Accepted with minor revisions, May 2018.

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

Li, J., E.C Jaenicke, T.D. Anekwe, and A. Bonanno. “Demand for ready‐to‐eat cereals with household‐level censored purchase data and nutrition label information: A distance metric approach.” Forthcoming, at Agribusiness: An International Journal. First published: 20 April 2018,

I.J. Marasteanu and E.C. Jaenicke. “Economic Impact of Organic Agriculture Hotspots in the United States.” Status: Forthcoming at Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

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

Demko, I., and E.C. Jaenicke. 2017. “Policy Impacts from U.S. Organic Equivalency with the European Union.” Status: Advance Access at Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

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


I.J. Marasteanu and E.C. Jaenicke. “Hotspots and Spatial Autocorrelation in Certified Organic Operations in the United States.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. Forthcoming, 2016.

I.J. Marasteanu and E.C. Jaenicke. “The Role of US Organic Certifiers in Organic Hotspot Formation.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. In press  2015, FirstView Article available online.

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. Julia, 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, forthcoming.

Oberholtzer, L., E.C. Jaenicke, and C. Dimitri.  “Examining U.S. Food Retailers’ Decisions to Procure Local and Organic Produce from Farmer Direct-to-Retail Supply Chains.” Journal of Food Products Marketing, 20 (Issue 4) (December 2014).

Oberholtzer, L., C. Dimitri., and E. C. Jaenicke. “International trade of organic food: Evidence of US Imports,” Renewable Agricultural and Food Systems  28 (2013): 255–262.

Jaenicke, E.C., C. Dimitri, and L. Oberholtzer.  “Retailer Decisions about Organic Imports and Organic Private Labels.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93 (2011):  597 -603.

Jaenicke, E.C., M. Shields, and T. W. Kelsey.  “Food Processors’ Use of Contracts to Purchase Agricultural Inputs:  Evidence from a Pennsylvania Survey.”  Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 36 (October 2007): 213-229. 

Jaenicke, E.C., K. Jensen, W. Harrison, and P. Jakus.  “Follow the Leader:  Follower Behavior in Supermarket Adoption of Fresh Irradiated Ground Beef.” Agribusiness: An International Journal 22 (Autumn 2006): 547-568. 

Wang, Y., and E.C. Jaenicke.  “Simulating the Impacts of Contract Supplies in a Spot Market-Contract Market Equilibrium Setting.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88 (November 2006): 1062-1077. 

Jaenicke, E.C., D.L. Frechette, and J.A. Larson, "Estimating Production Risk and Inefficiency Simultaneously: An Application to Cotton Cropping Systems," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 28 (December 2003): 540-557.

Jaenicke, E.C.  “Testing for Intermediate Outputs in Dynamic DEA Models: Accounting for Soil Quality in Rotational Crop Production and Productivity Measures,” Journal of Productivity Analysis 14 (November 2000): 247-266. 

Jaenicke, E.C., and L.L. Lengnick.  “A Soil-Quality Index and its Relationship to Efficiency and Productivity Growth Measures: Two Decompositions.”  American Journal of Agricultural Economics 81 (November 1999): 881-893. 

Jaenicke, E.C., and L. Drinkwater.  “Sources of Productivity Growth During the Transition to Alternative Cropping Systems.”  Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 28 (October 1999): 169-181.

Chambers, R.G., R. Färe, E.C. Jaenicke and E. Lichtenberg. “Using Dominance in DEA Models:  The Case of Experimental Agricultural Data.” Journal of Econometrics 85 (1998): 189-203. 


Research Interests

Agriculture & Food