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Important Determinants of Food Insecurity

AEPP podcast featuring two AAEA members

Over the past 20 years, enormous strides have been made in applied econometrics with applications for many questions posed in our profession. There has been a burgeoning number of surveys that can be used to address issues of particular relevance to this podcast pertaining to food insecurity. Many of these data sets are limited insofar as they do not ask questions about important determinants of food insecurity that are often unobserved.

In a new podcast released by the Applied Economics Perspectives & Policy, Craig Gundersen the managing editor interviews two authors featured in Volume 41 issue 3. "Are You Estimating the Right Thing? An Editor Reflects," authored by John Gibson and “Criminal Incarceration, Statutory Bans on Food Assistance and Food Security in Extremely Vulnerable Households: Findings from a Partnership with the North Texas Food Bank" by Ian McDonough and Daniel Millimet answer questions from their studies.

Gibson says, “A frequent problem is authors ignoring complex sample designs, in surveys that may have weighting, stratification and especially clustering or multistage selection, and overstating the precision of their results”

McDonough states, “We're just trying to better understand what factors are contributing to what is arguably one of the largest public health concerns in the U.S. currently, and that's this issue of food insecurity.”

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If you are interested in speaking with Gibson or McDonough, please contact Allison Scheetz 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 60 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 and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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