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Concurrent Session Schedule (7 of 8)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel

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I. Invited Paper Session
            Session 2055 (Risk and Uncertainty)
II. Track Sessions
            Session 2056 AEM/TLC
            Session 2057 China Section
            Session 2058 ECONO
            Session 2059 EXT/GSS
            Session 2060 CRENET
            Session 2061 (Track/Organized Symposium) Itn'l/IAAE
            Session 2062 Senior
            Session 2063 AFM/ARA
III. Organized Symposium Sessions
            Session 2065 (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
IV. Selected Presentation Paper Sessions
            Session 2066 (Agribusiness Economics and Management)
            Session 2067 (Behavioral Economics)
            Session 2068 (Demand and Price Analysis)
            Session 2069 (Food and Agricultural Marketing)
            Session 2070 (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
            Session 2071 (Food Safety and Nutrition)
            Session 2072 (Household and Labor Economics)
            Session 2073 (International Development)
            Session 2074 (International Development)
            Session 2075 (Natural Resource Economics)
            Session 2076 (Production Economics)
            Session 2077 (Research Methods/ Econometrics/Stats)
            Session 2078 (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
            Session 2079 (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
            Session 2080 (Rural/Community Development)


I. Invited Paper Session

Session 2055 What Will It Take to Get Energy Crops Off the Ground: Land Use Subsidies, Price Subsidies, and Crop Insurance?
Invited Paper (Risk and Uncertainty)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Regency

The three papers in this proposed session analyze the design and effects of current crop insurance subsidies and a potential crop insurance program for energy crops on the incentives for farmers to produce energy crops for cellulosic biofuels in the presence of various risks and uncertainties. They compare the potential cost- effectiveness of subsidizing energy crop insurance with that of other types of cost-share and price subsidies under various assumptions about the degree of risk aversion and credit constraints of farmers and examine their implications for the regional pattern of crop production in rainfed US.

Discussant: David Zilberman; University of California-Berkeley

  • Incentivizing Biomass Production via Crop Insurance Changes
    Raymond E. Massey; University of Missouri
  • The Effects of Land Use Subsidies on Land Use for Energy Crops: Real Options and Costly Reversibility
    Feng Song; Renmin University, Jinhua Zhao; Michigan State University, and Scott M. Swinton; Michigan State University
  • Why Price Subsidies May Not be Enough to Induce Production of Energy Crops for Cellulosic Biofuels
    Ruiqing Miao; University of Illinois; Madhu Kahna; University of Illinois, and David Zilberman; University of California- Berkeley

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II. Track Sessions

Session 2056 Implementing Capstone Courses for Agribusiness Majors - Prescriptions, Practices and Possibilities
Track Session AEM/TLC
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore A

Discussions date back over 25 years about the need for and design of capstone courses in agribusiness curricula, with a general consensus about these issues emerging by the late 1990s. Current practices within many agribusiness undergraduate programs, however, are not always consistent with this previous consensus.  This track session addresses the following questions:  What was prescribed?  What is being done today? What explains divergence between the two? And, most importantly, where do we go from here?

Organizer: James A. Sterns; Oregon State University
Discussant: Allen Francis Wysocki; University of Florida

  • A Bridge Too Far? – A review of the literature detailing prescriptions about agribusiness capstone courses
    James A Stern; Oregon State University
  • Back to the Future? Best Practices, constraints & moving forward – capstone courses for tomorrow’s agribusiness programs
    Robert Brent Ross; Michigan State University
  • It’s a Wonderful Life? Lessons learned from the Creation and Demise of a multi-institution inter-disciplinary capstone course
    Rodney B. Holcomb; Oklahoma State University
  • The Graduate? – The pivotal role of capstone courses in preparing agribusiness students for industry; but, what does industry want?
    Aaron J. Johnson; University of Idaho

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Session 2057 Chinese Consumers' Preference and Willingness to Pay
Track Session (China Section)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore B

The four papers in this session collectively analyze Chinese consumers’ preference and willingness to pay for traceable food attributes, genetically modified rice, the feature of being made in the U.S., and flood insurance. Both auctions and choice experiments are used.

Organizer: Yanhong Jin; Rutgers University
Moderator: Yu Yvette Zhang; Texas A&M University

  • Chinese consumers’ preference and willingness to pay for traceable food attributes: The case of pork
    Linhai Wu, Shuxian Wang, Dian Zhu, Hongsha Wang, and Lingling Xu (Jiangnan University)
  • Consumer acceptance and willingness to pay for genetically modified rice in China under different information provided
    Jing Jin, Eric J. Wailes, Bruce L. Dixon, Rodolfo M. Nayga, and Zhihao Zheng (University of Arkansas)
  • Home Owners’ Willingness to Buy for Flood Insurance in Rural China
    Jinzheng Ren; China Agricultural University, Longling Li; China Agricultural University, and Hong Holly Wang; Purdue University
  • The Value of “Made in USA”: Impact of Chinese acquisition of a US Company on Consumer Willingness to Pay
    Yu Yvette Zhang; Texas A&M University and Shaosheng Jin; Zhejiang University

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Session 2058 Econometric Analysis of Crop Yield Distributions and Crop Insurance Programs
Track Session (ECONO)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore C

Wide swings in farm income can result from variances of weather, yields, prices, government policies, global markets, and other factors. Managing risk is an important aspect of the farming business, and crop yield and revenue insurance is one of the tools used to manage risk. Modern analyses of crop yield and farm revenue, made possible by advances in econometric technique and computing power coupled with ever expanding farm and crop data, are increasingly employed by agricultural economists to provide timely and more reliable input for farmers and policy makers.  The objective of this proposal is to present state-of-the-art economic and econometric analyses of crop yield distributions and crop insurance programs that will be useful to agricultural economists, practitioners and policy makers.

Organizer: Ximing Wu; Texas A&M University

  • Heterogeneous Effects of Warming and Drought on Selected Wheat Variety Yields: A Moment Based Maximum Entropy Approach
    Jesse B. Tack; Mississippi State University
  • Nonparametric Estimation of Conditional Crop Yield Distributions
    Ximing Wu; Texas A&M University
  • Semi-Parametric Density Estimation of Crop Yield Distributions:  Bridging the Gap Between Parametric Mixtures and Variable Bandwidth Kernel Densitie
    Barry K. Goodwin; North Carolina State University

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Session 2059 Graduate Student Extension Competition Winners
Track Session (EXT/GSS)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Mirage

The Graduate Student Extension Competition consists of graduate student prepared work and presentation of that work to an Extension audience.  It showcases the student's ability to communicate work product to an extension audience.

Organizer: Donald J. Malone, III; Oklahoma State University

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Session 2060 Leveraging Federal Sata Sources: The Case of Local Food Assessments
Track Session CRENET
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway A

Growing interest in local food has incited attention from researchers and policymakers to measure its trends and impacts; yet, assessing the requisite data can be difficult given that most nationally-available sources do not delineate by market channel. As a result, many local food assessments utilize case study approaches that include narrow geographic and market scope, as well as divergent methodologies—making it difficult to draw generalizable conclusions. This session brings together three papers that utilize nationally-available data on local foods, contributing to the literature on local food trends and assessments, and the discussion of national data priorities.

Organizers: Becca Jablonski; Cornell University and Stephen J. Vogel; USDA-ERS
Moderator: Stephen J. Vogel; USDA-ERS

  • Comparing cohorts in ARMS: Identifying representative direct market farm and ranch enterprises
    Dawn D. Thilmany McFadden; Colorado State University
  • Discerning differential expenditure patterns of local food system participants: using ARMS to assess the role of scale
    Becca Jablonski; Cornell University, Stephen J. Vogel; USDA-ERS, and Todd M. Schmit; Cornell University
  • Using Agricultural Census data to assess changes in direct-to-consumer marketing participation by U.S. farmers 2002-2012
    Ani Katchova; University of Kentucky and Stephen J. Vogel; USDA-ERS

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Session 2061 International Trade and the Global Land Use and Environmental Consequences of Agricultural Productivity Changes
Track Session Int'l/IAAE
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway B

There has been a resurgence of interest in the impacts of agricultural productivity on land use and the environment. At the center of this debate is Norman Borlaug’s assertion that agricultural innovation is ‘land-sparing’. However, the validity of this proposition rests, among other things, on his assumption of a fixed demand for food. Borlaug’s hypothesis has recently been brought into question by a series of studies of land use change which argue in favor of a competing hypothesis – dubbed “Jevons’ paradox” -- which suggests that increases in agricultural productivity will be accompanied by an expansion in land area. Rudel et al. (2009) scrutinize FAO data for 961 agricultural sectors in 161 countries over a 15 year period, finding little evidence of higher yields being accompanied by reduced area. All of these studies suffer from the challenge of estimating what would have happened in the absence of such agricultural innovation. There is also a strong tendency in this literature to adopt a regional, rather than a global perspective, thereby ignoring impacts in the rest of the world, where land use and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions may fall in the wake of this innovation. The first paper in this session introduces a general framework for analyzing the impacts of regional and global technological change on long run agricultural output, prices, land rents, land use, and associated GHG emissions. In so doing, it facilitates a reconciliation of the apparently conflicting views of the impacts of agricultural productivity growth on global GHG emissions and environmental quality.

The second paper focuses on the interplay between forest clearing, trade liberalization and agricultural productivity growth using a spatially explicit economic land use model coupled to a biophysical vegetation model to examine linkages and associated policies between trade and tropical deforestation in the future. Results indicate that further trade liberalization leads to an expansion of deforestation in Amazonia and global clearing of between 30 and 60 million ha of tropical forests, leading to 20-40 Gt additional CO2 emissions until 2050. By applying different forest protection policies those values could be reduced substantially. Most effectively would be the inclusion of avoided deforestation into a global emission trading scheme. Carbon prices corresponding to the concentration target of 550 ppm would prevent deforestation after 2020. Investing in agricultural productivity reduces pressure on tropical forests without the necessity of direct protection.

The third paper argues that the only way to resolve the land-sparing debate is through careful statistical analysis of the historical record. In the absence of such evidence, the debate on the appropriateness of agricultural intensification as a means to save forests will remain polarized and current cost-benefit analysis of programs to improve productivity will continue to fail to account for global supply responses, impeding the design of more efficient mechanisms to achieve the twin goals of increased agricultural output and forests protection. The central hypothesis of this paper is that increases in productivity in one region offset pressures on forest conversion to land use in other regions leading to global positive environmental benefits (reduced carbon emissions from deforestation) the magnitude of which will depend on where in the world land savings occur. The authors test this hypothesis by econometrically estimating the global environmental effects of localized agricultural intensification --- as measured by region-specific changes in aggregated yields as well as total factor productivity during the last five decades --- using a formal model of bilateral trade that closely replicates observed facts.

The fourth, and final paper seeks to explain discrepancies in estimates of the impacts of changes in agricultural productivity in Brazil on local and global land use and GHGs. Brazil is one of many tropical nations where policies to increase the productivity of agricultural and livestock systems aim to save land from deforestation. The effects of such policies are likely to be distal, difficult to detect, and enhanced or attenuated by general equilibrium effects. Ex ante or ex post modeling is necessary to assess their impact on land use, but model results vary widely and are not readily comparable. In this paper, the authors develop a conceptual framework to facilitate comparison of results across models, and follow this with the application of a dynamic, global general equilibrium model to demonstrate elements of the debate that determine linkages between agricultural productivity, land allocation and terrestrial GHG emissions.

Organizer: Thomas W. Hertel; Purdue University
Moderator: Everett B. Peterson; Virginia Tech
Discussant: Carol A. Jones; USDA-ERS

  • Agricultural Trade and Tropical Deforestation – Interactions and Related Policy Options
    Christoph Schmitz, Hermann Lotze-Campen, Anne Biewald, Florian Humpenoeder, Alexander Popp, and Christoph Mueller (Potsdam Institute for Climate Research)
  • Does Agricultural Intensification Spare Land? Revisiting History and Exploring the Future
    Thomas W. Hertel; Purdue University, Uris Lantz C. Baldos; Purdue University, and Navin Ramankutty; McGill University
  • Evaluating the Influence of Agricultural Productivity Change in Brazil on Global Land Use and GHGs
    Avery Cohn; Tufts University, Samuel Evans; Colorado State University, Maria S. Bowman; Natural Resources Defence Council, and David Roland-Holst; University of California-Berkeley
  • International trade patterns, land cover change and crop productivity
    Nelson B. Villoria; Purdue University

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Session 2062 The Continuing Evolution of Health Insurance Issues:  The Affordable Care Act and Beyond
Track Session (Senior)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway C

The continuing evolution of health insurance policy provides a challenge for employers, employees, taxpayers, consumers and policymakers at the state and national level. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed many aspects of health insurance markets. Regardless of the success or failure of the ACA in addressing the numerous policy dimensions of the health insurance problem, the debate and evolution of public policy in this area will continue in coming years.

This session will examine these issues by examining (a) the state of the Health Care Marketplaces (Exchanges), particularly at the state level, (b) consumer enrollment on and insurer participation in state Exchanges, (c) health insurance premiums on state Exchanges, and (d) future public policy issues for state governments, employers, and health care consumers. The experience of the Minnesota MNSure Exchange provides a particularly useful case study for examining these issues because it is recognized as a state Exchange that has been successful in enrolling consumers.

Organizers: David B. Schweikhardt; Michigan State University and A. Gene Nelson; Texas A&M University
Moderator: John E. Lee, Jr.; Mississippi State University

  • Continuing Issues for Employers and Health Care as a Source of Competitive Advantage in Economic Development
    David B. Schweikhardt; Michigan State University
  • What Do We Know about Insurance Provider Participation on Health Insurance Marketplaces?
    Roger Feldman; University of Minnesota
  • What Have We Learned about the Formation of State Health Insurance Marketplaces and Where Will We Go Next?
    April Todd-Malmlov; Minnesota Health Insurance Marketplace

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Session 2063 Empirical Studies on Risk in Agricultural and Ecological Systems
Track Session AFM/ARA
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Fifth Level; Lake Superior B

The proposed track session provides a unique set of applied econometric papers investigating the effect of price, production, and ecosystem risk on agent behavior.  The papers provide policy and management insights on how policy and management strategies should be formulated to mitigate the negative economic consequences of uncertainty.  This set of papers will be of interest to agricultural research and extension economists, government policy officials, private sector firms involved in the agricultural sector.

Organizer and Moderator: Scott W. Fausti; South Dakota State University

  • Potential effects of land use policy on residential wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface: A case study for Flathead County, Montana
    Tony Prato; University of Missouri
  • Risk Mitigation from Combining Commodity and Crop Insurance Programs: Evidence from Illinois and Kansas
    Carl R. Zulauf; Ohio State University, Gregroy A. Ibendahl; Kansas State University, and Gary D. Schnitkey; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Risk-Adjusted Directional Distance Efficiency Measures
    Saleem Shaik; North Dakota State University
  • The Behavior of the Variance Risk Premium in the Soybean Complex
    Zhiguang Wang, Scott W. Fausti, and Bashir A. Qasmi (South Dakota State University)

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III. Organized Symposium Sessions


Session 2065 New Developments in Understanding the Short and Long Run Welfare Impacts of Higher Global Food Prices
Organized Symposium (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Northstar B

Large increases in global food prices over 2007-08, and again in 2010-11, marked a fundamental shift in the global food system. But while there is a general consensus on the principal causes of food price increases, there is far more ambiguity about the welfare impacts of the crisis, particularly for the world’s poorest populations. Early partial equilibrium attempts to answer this question came to the conclusion that the short run impacts of higher global food prices would increase global poverty (de Hoyos and Medvedev, 2009; Ivanic and Martin, 2008). However, subsequent survey-based data suggested the adverse impact of higher food prices might have been minimal, at least in the medium term (Headey, 2013). Now, several recent working papers more clearly distinguish between the short and long run effects of higher food prices, allowing for the possibility that, in the long run, factor price adjustments (particularly wage adjustments) could result in much more positive impacts of higher food prices on welfare outcomes.

Organizers: William J. Martin; World Bank and Derek Headey; IFPRI

  • Food Prices and Poverty Reduction in the "Long Run"
    Derek Headey; IFPRI
  • Food Prices, Wages, and Welfare in Rural India
    Hanan J. Jacoby; World Bank
  • The Impact of Food Price Shocks in Uganda: First-Order Versus Long-Run Effects
    Bjorn Van Campenhout; IFPRI, Karl Pauw; IFPRI, and Nicholas Minot; IFPRI
  • World Food Price Rises and the Poor 2006-12: A Slow Food Price Crisis?
    Maros Ivanic; World Bank and William J. Martin; World Bank

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IV. Selected Presentation Paper Sessions

Session 2066 New Product Development and Value Chains
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Agribusiness Economics and Management)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway D

To meet consumer demands, new products are developed on a regular basis.  Methods of testing these new products are discussed in this section with further discussions regarding value chain analysis.


  • Consumer Perceptions of Low Carbon Food and WTP for Mandatory Implementation of Low Carbon Agriculture in South Korea
    Hyeyoung Kim; University of Florida, Tae Kyun Kim; University of Florida; and Lisa A. House; University of Florida
  • New Product Adoption in a Friendship Network using Spatial Lag Model
    Di Fang; Arizona State University and Timothy J. Richards; Arizona State University

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Session 2067 System Influences on Behavior
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Behavioral Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway E

Papers in this session indicate the importance of understanding how existing (or potential) systems—i.e., stock market, point-of-sale signs in supermarkets, food stamp policies, and federal assistance programs—can influence consumer behavior.  Specifically, papers in this session provide details regarding how these systems can affect consumer food consumption, food purchases, and food insecurity.


  • Can Food Stamp Policies Encourage Healthy Eating? An Experiment on Food Stamp Restrictions
    Amanda S. Weaver; Oklahoma State University and Jayson L. Lusk; Oklahoma State University
  • Do Federal Assistance Programs Mitigate the Effect of Energy Price Shocks on Food Insecurity?
    Charlotte Tuttle; USDA-ERS
  • Nudges in the Supermarket:  Experience from Point-of-Sale Signs
    Janani Rajhandara Thapa; Texas Tech University, Conrad P. Lyford; Texas Tech University, Barent McCool; Texas Tech University, Eric Belasco; Montana State University, Barbara Pence; Texas Tech University; Audrey McCool; Texas Tech University, and Tyra Carter; United Supermarkets, LLC

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Session 2068 Innovative Models of Consumer Demand
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Demand and Price Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway F

This session brings together four papers that depart from standard models of consumer demand to address issues related to endogeneity, consumer learning, and seafood product demand.


  • An Inverse Almost Ideal Demand System for Blue Crab in Chesapeake Bay: Seasonality and Endogeneity
    Pei Huang; Texas A&M University
  • Learning in Credence Good Markets: An Example of Vitamins
    Irnya Demko; Penn State University
  • On Price Endogeneity in the Analysis of Food Demand in China
    Vardges Hovhannisyan; University of Minnesota and Marin Bozic; University of Minnesota

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Session 2069 International Food Consumers
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Food and Agricultural Marketing)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway G

The shopping behavior and product choices of international consumers are explored in this session.


  • EU Consumers' Perceptions of Fresh-cut Fruit and Vegetables Attributes: a Choice Experiment Model
    Antonio Baselice, Francesca Colantuoni, Daniel A. Lass (University of Massachusetts), Gianluca Nardone and Antonio Stasi (University of Foggia)
  • Modeling Food Retail Format Choice and Shopping Frequency Decision in Urban Ghana: A Multivariate Ordered Probit Regression Application
    Ting Meng, Wojciech J. Florkowski, Daniel Sarpong, Manjeet Chinnan, and Anna V.A. Resurreccion (University of Georgia)
  • Psychographic characteristics and trust in food marketing claims: a case study from two European countries
    Jill Ann Fitzsimmons; University of Massachusetts, Francesca Colantuoni; University of Massachusetts, Gianni Cicia; University of Naples, and Teresa Del Giudice; University of Naples
  • The Effects of Country of Origin Images and Patriotism on British Consumer Preference for Beef
    Thong Meas; University of Kentucky, Wuyang Hu; University of Kentucky, Carola Grebitus; Arizona State University, and Gregory J. Colson; University of Georgia

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Session 2070 Food Security and Policy in Developing Countries
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway H

Food policies and food security in developing countries.


  • Achieving Food vs. Fuel Security – Economywide Implications of India’s “Right to Food Act 2013”
    Dileep K. Birur; RTI and Robert H. Beach; RTI
  • Food Policies – Implication for Food Sector in India
    Marta Kozicka; University of Bonn, Matthias Kalkuhl; University of Bonn, and Shweta Saini; ICRIER
  • Food Security for Whom? The Effectiveness of Food Reserves in Poor Developing Countries
    Randall Romero-Aguilar; Ohio State University and Mario J. Miranda; Ohio State University

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Session 2071 Recent Developments Regarding Food Safety
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Food Safety and Nutrition)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway I

This session deals with recent developments in food safety discussing strategic interactions as well as demand and welfare effects of food safety events. Also, food safety innovations are linked to mandatory and voluntary adoptions. Specifically the blackberry industry and pasteurized milk are used as examples.


  • Aflatoxins - A negative nexus between agriculture nutrition and health.
    Anna Belova, Tulika Narayan, and Jacqueline Haskell (Abt Associates, Inc.)
  • Demand and Welfare Impacts of a Potential Food Safety Event in the Blackberry Industry
    Roderick M. Rejesus, Charles D. Safley, and Bernadine C. Strik (North Carolina State University)
  • Mandatory vs. Voluntary Adoption of Food Safety Innovations: Rise of the pasteurized milk and public health
    Huiquiang Wang; University of Rhode Island
  • Upstream and Downstream Strategic Food Safety Interactions
    Miyoung Oh; Iowa State University and David Hennessy Iowa State University

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Session 2072 Another Look at Obesity Issues
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Household and Labor Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway J

The obesity epidemic is still on the spotlight. This session contains four studies that examine four different aspects of this timely topic. Two papers look at the roles of gender, income and time in obesity development while the other two investigate the effect of obesity and malnutrition on labor market and children's school performance.


  • Socio-economic Status and Obesity in the U.S.:  Gender and Income Really Matter
    Ruizhi Xie and Titus O. Awokuse (University of Deleware)
  • Timing is Everything: The Role of Time in Fast-Food Purchasing Behavior in the United States
    Abagail M. Okrent; USDA-ERS and Karen S. Hamrick; USDA-ERS

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Session 2073 Analysis of Mineral Fertilizer Adoption and Returns in Sub-Saharan Africa
Selected Presentation Paper Session (International Development)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Skyway A

The papers in this session assesses the returns to mineral fertilizer use and its adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa. Papers analyze profitability and adoption using spatial econometric models in Malawi and Nigeria and estimate the value of index insurance relative to Zambia's fertilizer subsidy program.


  • Productivity effects of sustainable intensification: The case of Urea deep placement for rice production in Niger State, Nigeria
    Saweda Liverpool-Tasie; Michigan State University, Serge G. Adjognon; Michigan State University, and Oluyemisi Kuku-Shittu; IFPRI
  • Spatial dependence in the Adoption of the Urea deep placement for rice production in Niger State, Nigeria: A Bayesian Spatial Autoregressive Probit Estimation approach
    Serge G. Adjognon; Michigan State University and Lenis S. Liverpool-Tasie; Michigan State University

  • The Effect of Index Insurance on the Returns to Farm Inputs: Exploring Alternatives to Zambia’s Fertilizer Subsidy Program
    Katie Farrin; USDA-ERS and Anthony G. Murray; USDA-ERS

  • Where and why is Fertilizer (Un)Profitable in sub-Saharan Africa?  A Spatial Econometric Analysis of Fertilizer Use in Malawi
    Francis A. Darko; Purdue University, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert; Purdue University, Gerald E. Shively; Purdue University, Raymond J.G.M. Florax; Purdue University, and Talip Kilick; World Bank

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Session 2074 Environmental Issue and Technical Efficiency: Evidence from Africa, Asia and the Pacific
Selected Presentation Paper Session (International Development)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Skyway B

Papers in this session investigate the role that development has on the environment.  Topics such as deforestation, risk of flooding, and pest management are addressed.


  • CO2 Emissions from Deforestation and Efficiency in Agricultural Productivity: the Case of Sub-Saharan Africa
    Aziza Kibonge; University of Nebraska
  • Cost and Benefits of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation for Flood Risk Reduction in FIJI
    Pike Brown; Landcare Research and Adam J. Daigneault; Landcare Research
  • Market Power and Economic Consequences of Storage Pest Damage in Rwandan Dry Bean Markets
    Corinne E. Alexander; Purdue University, Michael S. Jones; University of Florida, and Bruce Smith; Consultant
  • Productivity and Technical Inefficiency of Alternative Pest Management Compliant and Non-Compliant Farmers: The Case of Shallot Growers in Indonesia
    Wendy J. Umberger; University of Adelaide, Wahida Maghraby; University of Adelaide, and Dale Yi; Michigan State University

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Session 2075 Agricultural Land Use Change and Development
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Natural Resource Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; St. Croix

This session explores factors affecting agricultural land use change. Topics include the effects of climate change on agricultural land use and management; the effects of fragmentation on farmland conversion; and the effects of parcel size zoning on development patterns.


  • Climate Change Adaptation and Shifts in Land Use for Major Crops in the U.S.
    Sung Ju Cho, Bruce A. McCarl, and Ximing Wu (Texas A&M University)
  • Climate Change Impacts on the Intensive and Extensive Margins of US Agricultural Land
    Jonathan R. McFadden and John A Miranowski (Iowa State University)
  • Impacts of Fragmentation and Neighbor Influence on Farmland Conversion: A Case Study of the Edmonton-Calgary Corridor of Canada
    Feng Qiu, Larry Laliberte, Brent M. Swallow, and Scott R. Jeffrey (University of Alberta)
  • The Effect of Downzoning on Spatial Development Patterns
    Jeffrey S. Ferris and David Newburn (University of Maryland)

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Session 2076 International
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Production Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Minnehaha

Papers in this session explore different aspects of agricultural production in developing countries. These aspects include drivers of supply response and performance.


  • How do business practices affect micro and small firms’ performance in a developing country?
    Long Q. Trinh and Tetsushi Sonobe (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
  • Land Allocation for Grains and Oilseeds in Post-Soviet Russia: Do Crop Prices Matter?
    Ekaterina a. Vorotnikova, Serhat Asci, and James L. Seale, Jr. (University of Florida)
  • Long-Term Determinants of Agricultural Output in Smallholder Farmers in Rwanda
    Ildephonse Musafiri; Center for Development Research (ZEF)
  • More than adopters: the welfare impacts of farmer innovation in rural Ghana
    Justice A Tambo and Tobias Wünscher (University of Bonn)

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Session 2077 Model Specification and Validation
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Research Methods/Econometrics/Stats)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Fifth Level; Lake Superior A

This session focuses on model specification and model validation via nonparametric and Monte Carlo methods.


  • An Application of Kernel Density Estimation via Diffusion to Group Yield Insurance
    Austin F. Ramsey; North Carolina State University
  • Crop Choice and Rotational Effects: A dynamic model of land use in Iowa recent years
    Yongjie Ji; Iowa State University and Catherine Kling; Iowa State University
  • Distribution-free Methods for Estimation of Willingness to Pay Models Using Discrete Response Valuation Data
    Samuel D. Zapata; Clemson University and Carlos E. Carpio (Texas Tech University)

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Session 2078 Biofuels and Their Effects on Land Use
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Northstar A

This session includes four papers that use careful modeling to examine the effects of biofuels,  biofuel policies, and oil prices on land use.  Three of the papers employ CGE modeling.


  • Costs of Maintaining the Conservation Reserve Program In the Presence of Biofuels
    Madhu Khanna; University of Illinois and Xiaoguang Chen; Southwestern University
  • Exploring the Implications of Oil Prices for Global Biofuels, Food Security, and GHG Mitigation
    Robert H. Beach, Yongxia Cai, and Yuquan Zhang (RTI International)
  • Global land use impacts of U.S. ethanol: static vs. dynamic economic modeling
    Alla Golub; Purdue University, Thomas W. Hertel; Purdue University, and Steven K. Rose; Electric Power Research Institute

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Session 2079 Point Source Pollution and Policy Design
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Lake Calhoun

Point source pollution remains an issue in the U.S.  Liability law, self-regulation, bonding requirements and differential treatment of natural gas vehicles are examined in this session.


  • Economics of Oil and Gas Development in the Presence of Reclamation and Bonding Requirements
    Yoshiyuki Igashi, Roger H. Coupal, David Finnoff, and Matthew A. Andersen (University of Wyoming)
  • Leveling the Playing Field of Alternative Fuels: Incorporating the Effect of Natural Gas Vehicles on Coal Emissions
    Jonathan Eyer; NC State University and Steven E. Sexton; NC State University
  • Market competition and abatement technology diffusion under environmental liability law
    Yi Li; Southern Methodist University
  • Third Party Certification and Self-regulation: Evidence from Responsible Care and Accidents in the U.S. Chemical Industry
    Huan Li; State University of New York at Binghampton, Neha Khanna; Binghampton University, and Martina Vidovic; Rollins College

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Session 2080 Impact of Development Policies
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Rural/Community Development)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Lake Harriet

This session includes four presentations that investigate how different development policies affect regional development and resident well-being.


  • Decentralization of National Transfer Programs: compliance, local revealed equivalence scales, and efficacy of aid
    Andrew M. Simons; Cornell University
  • Do Water Service Provision Contracts with Neighbouring Population Centres Reduce Drinking Water Risk on Canadian Reserves?
    Bethany D. Woods; University of Guelph and Brady James Deaton, Jr.; University of Guelph
  • Life satisfaction of the elderly population in rural China: the impacts of government programs
    Ya Ding; University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • The Impact of County Level Business Taxes on Entrepreneurship
    Shaheer Burney, Alison Davis, and James E. Allen, IV. (University of Kentucky)

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