Paper explores roles of agricultural economists in food system research

Posted: June 28, 2016

A paper authored by Center Director Stephan Goetz and published in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review describes the ways in which agricultural and regional economists can apply their expertise to food systems analyses.


Public interest in food systems has grown dramatically, and agricultural economists have important roles to play in contributing to and leading large-scale interdisciplinary studies of the subject. Key topics include understanding food system participants’ behaviors and incentives and determining what food systems can and cannot achieve. I review a global food-security project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture that illustrates the interactions between production, distribution, and consumption of food and regional self-reliance, as well as other important areas in which agricultural and regional economists can gainfully apply their tools and methods, including studies of the impacts of local food and network analyses.

Link to full paper