Advances in the Economic Analysis of Food System Drivers and Effects

Presentations from the 2018 NAREA pre-conference workshop, held June 9-10 in Philadelphia, PA. The workshop was made possible with support from a USDA-NIFA conference grant (award #2018-67023-27691).
Many of the papers presented at the workshop were published in a special issue of Agricultural and Resource Economic Review, which is accessible here.
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In competitive retail markets, rational responses by competitive agents are often mistaken for market failure. I will present six such examples from the food-retailing world, and outline research that I and co-authors have undertaken to find out whether the market is operating efficiently. Presented by Timothy J. Richards, Arizona State University.

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The effectiveness of SNAP depends on benefits being high enough to cover minimum food costs. We consider how the sufficiency of SNAP benefits in light of variation in county-level food prices. Presented by Craig Gundersen, University of Illinois. Other authors include Elaine Waxman and Amy Crumbaugh.

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This paper analyzes produce types most valued by consumers, potential for expanding local production, and what motivates consumers in purchasing local produce in New England. Presented by John Halstead, University of New Hampshire. Other authors include Samantha Werner, Amanda McLeod, Scott LeMos, Wei Shi, Lily Harris, Ju-Chin Huang, Todd Gabe, James McConnon, Chyi-Lyi Liang.

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Three example scenarios represent different agricultural land use and production regimes which aim to satisfy Township of Langley's population feed need. Presented by Wallapak Polasub, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, KPU. Other authors include Caitlin Dorward and Kent Mullinix.

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This research proposes a comprehensive database of stocks of capital assets and test their relationship with food system activities and interventions. Presented by Becca Jablonski, Colorado State University. Other authors include Todd Schmit, Libby Christensen, Tom Johnson, David Kay, and Jennifer Minner.

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This paper estimates the market power being exercised by the leading intermediaries in the rice supply chain of Bangladesh. Presented by Mohammad Rahman, International Rice Research Institute. Other authors include Valerien Pede, Jose Yorobe, and Samarendu Mohanty.

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We test whether schools that made local food purchases directly from a producer experienced lower school meal costs vis-à-vis non-direct schools. Presented by Jeffrey O'Hara, USDA AMS. Co-authored by Jill Fitzsimmons.

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Three dynamic drivers transforming food systems: stakeholders exercising ‘voice’, information communication technologies, and the social innovation nexus of social entrepreneurship, social finance and shared-value creation. Presented by Stephen Vogel, USDA/Economic Research Service. Other authors include James Barham and Gary Matteson.

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A comparison of simulation vs econometric solutions of establishment locations in the fresh produce supply chain in the United States. Presented by Houtian Ge, Cornell University. Other authors include Stephan Goetz, Rebecca Cleary, and Miguel Gómez.

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This paper explores whether the structural changes in the agricultural production sector affect the downstream food processing sector and explores the mechanisms of this effect. Presented by Xi He, University of Connecticut.

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Effect of a subsidy on fiber-rich foods is investigated as a feasible solution to encourage Americans to meet dairy fiber intake guidelines. Presented by Mark Senia, Texas A&M University. Other authors include Senarath Dharmasena and Oral Capps.

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The study examines consumers' perceptions of aquaculture and aquacultured products, and evaluates the persuasive impacts of gain and loss message framing on aquaculture perceptions. Presented by Caroline Noblet, University of Maine. Other authors include Kofi Britwum, Laura Rickard, and Keith Evans.

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This paper investigates if an exogenous change in food environment will affect households’ diet quality, using migration as a case. Presented by Zefeng Dong, Penn State. Other authors include Edward C. Jaenicke, Douglas Wrenn and Annemarie Kukns.

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This paper assesses the impact of animal welfare and environmental practices in production practice on consumers’ willingness to pay for milk. Presented by Xuan Chen, Penn State University. Other authors include Yizao Liu, Adam Rabinowitz, and Benjamin Campbell.

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The 2018 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Pre-Conference Workshop agenda.