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Agriculture Production and the Impact on Health and Diets

Leading economists look past the economy effect during session at ASSA Annual Meeting

The link between agriculture productivity and poverty is well-documented. But now some of the world’s leading economists are looking at the effects of agricultural production on health and diets too.  

That is the focus of an AAEA-sponsored session at the 2018 Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 5-7, 2018, in Philadelphia.  The session will include papers on the effects of animal-sourced foods on nutrition, health risks from agricultural production, how to compare diets across countries, and how we can better design studies to measure health impacts on agricultural productivity.

“We wanted to organize a session to highlight how agriculture production links to the well-being of the agricultural sector apart from only focusing on productivity growth,” says Andrew Dillon of Michigan State University. “The session will highlight how agriculture, health and diets are interrelated for people in developing countries.”

The session will feature the following research and authors:

  • “Animal Sourced Foods and Child Nutrition ”: John Hoddinott, Cornell University
  • “Technological and Market Interventions for Aflatoxin Control in Ghana”: Nicolas Magnan, University of Georgia
  • “Measuring the Cost of Dietary Diversity: Novel Price Indexes to Monitor Access to Nutritious Diets”: William Masters, Tufts University 
  • “From Robustness to Replication: Repeated Study Designs to Establish Causal Agriculture and Health Relationships”: Andrew Dillon, Michigan State University

The session is Friday, January 5, 2018, at 2:30 pm at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel (1200 Market Street). If you are interested in attending the session, or setting up an interview, please contact Jay Saunders in the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices. To learn more, visit

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