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Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Case Study Invited Paper Sessions

AAEA welcomes proposals for case studies for a special Invited Paper session  that will be part of the 2013 AAEA & CAES Joint Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Cases in this Invited Paper session may be published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics in January 2014, subject to appropriate review. Regular page charges will apply. Proposals from individuals or groups should be submitted to Sarah Kenner by December 7, 2012.

Proposals are requested for case studies that show how the application of economic principles to decision making in the public and/or private sectors leads to better decisions. Any topic area that illustrates the application of economic principles is acceptable. Topic areas focusing on emerging issues such as: renewable ingredients, energy economics, food safety, and company environmental policies (e.g. green scorecard) are encouraged. Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Deals with a problem that has a high level of importance/interest/relevancy to members of AAEA.
  • Clear and concise teaching objective(s) and target audience(s) (e.g. undergraduate students, graduate students, extension audiences).
  • Case summary that presents solutions and explanations of how the learning objectives are realized.
  • Leads to a better understanding of how the application of economic principles improves decision making.
  • A general description of the teaching plan for presenting the case to include expected student use of reference materials. 

Proposals should include case title, names and contact information of the authors, and a case outline that covers the company or situation profiled, as well as a detailed outline for the case study. The outline should be 3–5 pages in length and a maximum of 2,000 words. The proposal must also contain an outline and ideas for a teaching note, although the teaching note will not be published with the case.  Of the cases submitted, three winning case submissions will be accepted for presentation at the AAEA meetings by February 15, 2013. Some submissions, though not accepted for presentation at the AAEA, may also be encouraged to be submitted to appropriate journals for development into peer-reviewed publications.

Selected case studies (with teaching note when applicable) should be completed by May 15, 2013. These completed versions will be reviewed by the invited case study committee, and feedback to improve the cases will be provided to the author(s).  Final versions of the cases will be submitted to the AJAE Proceedings Issue Editor by June 15, 2013. 

Examples of appropriate cases can be found in the agricultural and applied economics literature including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (issues 94 (2) and 93 (2)),  International Food and Agribusiness Management Review and the Journal of the Food Distribution Research Society. There are many ways to write a case. One set of guidelines for decision cases can be found at:

Other resources:

Robert Yin's book Case Study Research: Design and Methods, 3rd ed. (offers one set of guidelines on research case studies)

Example by Kenneth F. Harling teaching note and case.