Edward Jaenicke, Ph.D.

Edward Jaenicke, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
208-B Armsby
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

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


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

Research Interests

Currently, my research investigates food purchasing behavior by households and its link to health and diet quality. Much of my research relies on micro-level scanner data that reflect the food purchases of individual households.  Food waste, as well as organic food and agriculture, are some of my specific interests.

Current/Recent Courses

  • AGBM 170N:  Exploring the U.S. Food System from Farm to Table (current)
  • AGBM 430: U.S. Food and Agricultural Policy (current)
  • AGBM/INTAG 470: Comparing U.S. and France Food and Agricultural Systems (recent)
  • EEFE 510:  Econometrics I (recent)

Ph.D. Students and Placements - Link

Recent Publications (last five years)

Bao, Y., M. Osborne, E. Wang, and E.C. Jaenicke. 2024 “BMI/Obesity and Consumers’ Price Sensitivity: Implications for Food Tax Policies.” In press, PNAS Nexus.

Simandjuntak, D.P., E.C. Jaenicke, and D.H. Wrenn. 2024. “Pandemic-induced changes in household-level food diversity and diet quality in the U.S.” In press, PLOS ONE.

 Rojas, C., & Jaenicke, E. 2024. “Introduction to Agribusiness special issue: Economics of food reformulation.” Agribusiness, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1002/agr.21912

 Feng, J., Fan, L., & Jaenicke, E. C. 2024. “The distributional impact of SNAP on dietary quality.” Agricultural Economics, 55, 104–139. https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12808

 Irani-Kermani, R., Jaenicke, E.C. and Mirshani, A., 2023. “Accommodating heterogeneity in brand loyalty estimation: application to the US beer retail market.” Journal of Marketing Analytics, 11(4): 820-835. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41270-022-00187-2  

 Vecchi, M., E.C. Jaenicke, and C. Schmidt. “Local Food in Times of Crisis: the Impact of COVID-19 and Two Reinforcing Primes.” Forthcoming, Agribusiness.

Zhang, B., D.H. Wrenn, J. Joshi, and E.C. Jaenicke.  “Housing Wealth, Food Spending, and Diet Quality: Evidence from Panel Data. Forthcoming, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.

Zimmerer, K.S., C.S. Duvall, E.C. Jaenicke, L.M. Minaker, T. Reardon, K.C. Seto. 2021. “Urbanization and Agrobiodiversity: Leveraging a Key Sustainability Nexus.” One Earth, 4(11), 1557-1568.

Chen, D., Jaenicke, E. C., Yan, J., Tian, K., & Nayga, R. M.. 2021. “Price Promotion of Organic Foods and Consumer Demand.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1-6.

Scharadin, B., Y. Yu, and E.C. Jaenicke. 2021. “Household Time Activities, Food Waste, and Diet Quality: The Impact of Non-Marginal Time Changes Due to COVID-19." Review of the Economics of the Household. Forthcoming.

Meng, X., and E.C. Jaenicke. 2021. “Welfare Analysis of Introducing Private Label Packaged Salads into the U.S. Market." Agribusiness, forthcoming. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/agr.21692

Yu, Yang, and E.C. Jaenicke. 2021. “Progress and Challenges in Empirical Food Waste Research"–Authors' Response to Comment." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 103: 26-29.

Meng, X., and E.C. Jaenicke. 2020. “Price Competition and Private Labels in the U.S. Packaged Salad Market." Applied Economics Letters, forthcoming. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2020.1827132

Arora, R., D. Brent, and E.C. Jaenicke. 2020. “Is India Ready for Alt-Meat? Preferences and Willingness to Pay for Meat Alternatives in India." Sustainability. 12(11): 4377. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114377

Yu, Y., and E.C, Jaenicke. 2020. 'The Effect of Sell-by Dates on Purchase Volume and Food Waste.' Food Policy, forthcoming. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2020.101879.

Scharadin, B. and E.C. Jaenicke. 2020. “Time Spent on Childcare and the Household Eating Index." Review of the Economics of the Household. Forthcoming.

Yu, Y., & Jaenicke, E. C. 2020. Estimating food waste as household production inefficiency. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 102(2), 525-547.  https://doi.org/10.1002/ajae.12036.

  • Media coverage: L.A. Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Hill, CNBC, MarthaStewart.com, and others.

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2019.101746.

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jretai.2018.11.002

Chenarides, L, and E.C. Jaenicke. 2019. “Documenting the Link between Poor Food Access and Less Healthy Product Assortment across the U.S." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. Vol. 44, Iss. 3: 434-474. https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/ppy018

Chen, D.,  E.C. Jaenicke, and R.J. Volpe.  2019. “The Healthfulness of Food-at-Home Expenditures, the Local Food Environment, and Childhood Obesity."American Journal of Health Promotion. Vol. 33 Iss. 3: 412-419. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890117118786871

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. https://doi.org/10.1002/agr.21561

Marasteanu, I. J., and E.C. Jaenicke. 2018. Economic impact of organic agriculture hotspots in the United States. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 40 (4): 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. https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/ppx033.