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Concurrent Session Schedule (5 of 8)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45 am - 11:15 am
Hyatt Regency Hotel

*Please note that this is a preliminary schedule and content may change prior to the Annual Meeting*

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I. Invited Paper Track Session
            Session 2001 LAS/Senior (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
II. Track Sessions
            Session 2002 FSN
            Session 2003 ARA/EXT
            Session 2004 ENV
            Session 2005 AEM/SS-AAEA
            Session 2006 COSBAE
III. Organized Symposium Sessions
            Session 2007 (Teaching, Communication, and Extension)
            Session 2008 (Rural/Community Development)
            Session 2009 AERE
IV. Selected Presentation Paper Sessions
            Session 2010 (Agribusiness Economics and Management)
            Session 2011 (Ag Finance and Farm Management)
            Session 2012 (Demand and Price Analysis)
            Session 2013 (Food and Agricultural Marketing) **NEW!** Lightning Session
            Session 2014 (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
            Session 2015 (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
            Session 2016 (International Development)
            Session 2017 (Household and Labor Economics)
            Session 2018 (Industrial Org./Supply Chain Management)
            Session 2019 (International Development)
            Session 2020 (International Development)
            Session 2021 (Natural Resource Economics)
            Session 2022 (Productivity Analysis and Emerging Technologies)
            Session 2023 (Production Economics)
            Session 2024 (Research Methods/ Econometrics/Stats)
            Session 2025 (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
            Session 2026 (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
            Session 2027 (Rural/Community Development)


I. Invited Paper Track Session

Session 2001 Major Factors That Will Impact the Role of Latin America in Meeting Future Food Demand
Invited Paper Track Session (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15
Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Regency

The Latin American countries have been identified as key contributors to expanding food demand. This session is designed to explore the state of knowledge and present research results for key policy areas bearing on the contribution of the Latin American countries to satisfying expanding global food needs. The implications for regional policy adjustments and research needs in each area will be identified.


  • Ronald D. Knutson; Texas A&M University
  • Luis A. Ribera; Texas A&M University
  • Marco A. Palma; Texas A&M University

Moderator: Luis Ribera; Texas A&M University

Discussant: C. Parr Rosson, Texas A&M University


  • Impacts of Latin American domestic policies on food production and productivity
    Joaquin Bento Ferreira; University of Sao Paulo and  Luis A. Ribera; Texas A&M University
  • Impacts of Regional Trade Agreements Including Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Partnerships on Latin American/Caribbean Agriculture
    Timothy E. Josling; Stanford University, Fumiko Yamazaki; California State University, John T. Wainio; USDA-ERS, and Mechel S. Paggi; California State University
  • Impacts of the drug trade on Latin American food productivity and trade
    Marco A. Palma; Texas A&M University, Luis A Ribera; Texas A&M University, David A Bessler; Texas A&M University, and Bruce Bagley; University of Miami

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II. Track Sessions

Session 2002 Childhood Food Insecurity in the United States
Track Session FSN
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore A

Food insecurity among children is a leading public health issue in the United States for two central reasons.  First, the extent of the problem is enormous.  In 2012, for example, 20.6% of children in America were in food insecure households (16.7 million children) (Coleman-Jensen et al., 2013).  Moreover, almost half of these children experienced food insecurity themselves.  The food insecurity rate in the United States is at an all-time high, and despite the end of the Great Recession, the number of food insecure children has not returned to 2007 levels.  Second, there are many demonstrated negative health consequences associated with food insecurity. 

This session includes four papers that address various aspects of food insecurity among children.  The first, by Helen Jensen and Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy (both at Iowa State) consider how the broader food environment and preparation time for meals influences the probability of food insecurity.  The second paper, by David Frisvold (University of Iowa) and Jason Fletcher (Yale University) is one of the first to examine the impact of the School Breakfast Program on a child’s probability of being in a food insecure household.  The third paper - co-authored by Charles Courtemanche (Georgia State University), Art Carden (Samford University), and Xilin Zhou (Georgia State University) – considers whether areas with the lower food prices generated by large-scale supermarkets also have lower probabilities of food insecurity.  The final paper in this session, by Craig Gundersen (University of Illinois) and Jim Ziliak (University of Kentucky), evaluates the relative impacts of raising grandchildren and being food insecure on the health status of seniors.

Organizer: Craig G. Gunderson; University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

  • Children’s Food Insecurity, Food Preparation Time and the Effects of Food Environment
    Helen H. Jensen; Iowa State University
  • Do Big Box Grocers Improve Food Security?
    Charles Courtemanche; Georgia State University
  • Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes among Multigenerational
    Craig G. Gundersen; University of Illinois
  • Understanding the Relationship between the School Breakfast Program and Food Insecurity
    David Frisvold; University of Iowa

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Session 2003 Three Case Studies on Innovative Risk Management Extension Programing
Track Session ARA/EXT
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Mirage

Innovative approaches to risk management extension programing developed in Indiana, Kansas, and South Dakota will be presented. Topics include a portfolio approach to pasture insurance in South Dakota, risk management curriculum development for beginning farmers and ranchers in Kansas, and a new risk management initiative in Indiana to develop programing focused on examining the fundamental strategies to manage risk through diversification, scenario analysis, and framing strategic choices in turbulent times.

Organizer: Scott W. Fausti; South Dakota State University
Moderator: John D. Anderson; American Farm Bureau Federation

  • Multiple Programming Outlets for Rainfall Index Insurance
    Matthew A. Diersen; South Dakota State University
  • Risk Management Training for Beginning Farmers and Rancher
    Gregory A. Ibendahl; Kansas State University
  • Using Case Studies to Illustrate Extension Risk Management Concepts
    Michael R. Langemeier; Purdue University

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Session 2004 Markets and Payments for Ecosystem Services:  Promise versus Practice
Track Session ENV
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway A

Markets and payments are increasingly proposed as a means to promote efficient provision of ecosystem services.  While market-based approaches can help ameliorate market failures associated with many types of ecosystem services, the design and application of these approaches is not trivial. The challenge for economists is to provide practical guidance regarding how and when ecosystem service markets and payments can be used to address market failures and enhance social welfare.  Papers in this AAEA/ENV Track Session address the development, potential and performance of markets and payments for ecosystem services, discussing such issues as market design and incentives, adverse selection, testing in experimental markets, and valuation to inform market development.

Organizer and Moderator: Robert J. Johnston; Clark University

  • Consumer preferences for ornamental plants grown with water conservation practices
    Kevin J. Boyle; Virginia Tech, David L. Hartter; EarthShift, James W. Pease; Virginia Tech, Darrell J. Bosch; Virginia Tech, and Weibin Xu; Virginia Tech
  • Lab and field experiments to develop consumer payments for ecosystem services
    Stephen K. Swallow; University of Connecticut, Pengfei Liu; University of Connecticut, and Achyut Kafle; University of Rhode Island
  • New or renew? Attracting enrollees versus enticing renewals with payments for filter strips
    Frank Lupi; Michigan State University; Michael D. Kaplowitz; Michigan State University, and Felix Yeboah; Michigan State University
  • Simple or Complex? Ecosystem Market Design with Lagged Ecosystem Responses
    James S. Shortle; Penn State University, David Abler; Penn State University, and Zachary D. Kaufman; Penn State University

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Session 2005 Human Resources Insights from Leading Agribusiness
Track Session AEM/SS-AAEA
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway B

This track session symposium will consist of a panel of senior HR representatives from some of the largest and prominent employers in the agribusiness sector.  Hearing their independent assessment of needs for entry-level or technical staff will provide us a gauge of where they believe we need to examine our educational programs.  Each of the senior HR representatives will be asked to give a brief overview of what they are looking for in new employees as well as the skills that they feel are lacking among new graduates.  Seeking responses from these executives through moderated Q&A, we hope to derive where we can develop greater value propositions for industry and our students. Michael Boland will serve as the moderator for this discussion.  This session should appeal to a large number of meeting participants as well as help solidify our relationships with industry.

Organizers: Joshua D. Detre; Louisiana State University and Samuel M. Funk; United Soybean Board - SmithBucklin
Moderator: Michael A. Boland; University of Minnesota

  • Matthew Stommes; Cargill
  • William Mujica; Land O'Lakes
  • Aaron Riippa; General Mills

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Session 2006 Factors Affecting Global Poultry Trade
Track Session COSBAE
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway C

The purpose of this track session is to generate a platform where researchers can discuss key issues affecting poultry trade and to enhance their knowledge of regional trade agreements (RTAs) and their importance in expanding global poultry trade.  Bilateral and multilateral trade agreements are important to expanding U.S. poultry exports.  The passage of U.S. Free Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama and the present negotiations of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could all potentially lead to an expansion of U.S. poultry exports.

Poultry is the leading U.S. meat product exported.  From a global perspective, the U.S. ranks number one and two in turkey and broiler exports. In 2012, U.S. broiler and turkey meat exports totaled $4.88 billion. A track session discussing factors affecting global poultry trade such as animal diseases, conflicting standards for processing, and policies related to domestic production and trade can be used to inform the industry, ERS, other USDA agencies, and its stakeholders on important research areas. This track session will be of value and interest to country embassy representatives from each of the major trading countries and other trade officials, international traders and wholesale distributors of poultry, market analysts, USDA policy and regulatory officials, other industry stakeholders such as financial companies, policy makers and key institutions that routinely make or influence public policy and program decisions, and the academic community. Academic and government researchers will provide both technical and qualitative analysis that will address specific research questions related to: (a) bilateral and multilateral trade agreements; (b) Newcastle’s disease, avian influenza, and sanitary restrictions; (c) demand growth in emerging markets and developing countries; (d) welfare implications of laying hen housing; (e) feed efficiency and/or disease resistant (productivity); (f) global price volatility; and (g) other issues affecting global poultry trade. Studies presented in this track session will be submitted and considered for publication in a special issue with the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review (IFAMR)

Organizer: Christopher G. Davis; USDA-ERS
Discussant: Deacue Fields, III; Auburn University

  • Effects of Relative Price and Exchange Rate Volatility on Chicken and Pork Exports
    David J. Harvey; USDA-ERS, Sung C. No; Southern University A&M, and Christopher G. David; USDA-ERS
  • Shocks to a trading system:  Korean and Japanese poultry trade and avian influenza
    Christopher G. Davis; USDA-ERS and John H. Dyck; USDA-ERS
  • South Africa Meats and Poultry Imports
    Fawzi A. Taha; USDA-ERS and William F. Hahn; USDA-ERS
  • What’s Driving Broiler Farm Profitability in the U.S.: Implications for Trade?
    Kenneth W. Erickson; USDA-ERS, Richard F. Nehring; USDA-ERS, Jeffrey M. Gillespie; Louisiana State University, Ani Katchaova; University of Connecticut, Charles Hallahan; USDA-ERS, and James Michael Harris; USDA-ERS

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III. Organized Symposium Sessions

Session 2007 Life-Long Learning through Disruptive Innovation in Ag and Applied Economics
Organized Symposium (Teaching, Communication, and Extension)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Northstar A

Life-long learning is a prominent mission of the land-grant system.  Continuing contributions to this mission by agricultural and applied economics will require disruptive innovative approaches.  Discussions will focus on the factors for encouraging innovation and lessons learned from successful program development.

Organizer: A. Gene Nelson; Texas A&M University
Moderator: Michael Boehlje; Purdue University

  • Life-Long Learning through Disruptive Innovation
    Michael Boehlje; Purdue University and Dave A. King; Oregon State University


  • Allan W. Gray; Purdue University
  • Danny A Klinefelter; Texas A&M University
  • Bruce A. Weber; Oregon State University

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Session 2008 Local Food Systems as a Catalyst for Innovation
Organized Symposium (Rural/Community Development)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Northstar B

One of the many aspects of local food systems that are attractive to rural and community development professionals is how it may allow for more grassroots innovation and opportunities for nascent entrepreneurs.  This session's speakers and discussion will focus on specific examples of  entrepreneurs who are catalysts in local food systems.

Organizers: Dawn D. Thilmany McFadden; Colorado State University and Maria Marshall; Purdue University
Moderator: Maria Marshall; Purdue University

  • Norton L.W. Wilson; Auburn University
  • Becca Jablonski; Cornell University
  • Dawn D. Thilmany McFadden; Colorado State University
  • Martha J. Sullins; Colorado State University
  • Michael Wilcox; Purdue University

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Session 2009 Long-run and Short-run Effects of Natural Disasters
Organized Symposium (Behavioral Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore C

Climate change and other environmental concerns have heightened interest in reducing energy and water usage.  This session examines the role of economic and regulatory tools to shape demand in these sectors.


  • Blown Away: The Effect of Federal Assistance on Individual Finances and Migration Decisions After a Natural Disaster
    Justin Gallagher; Case Western Reserve and Daniel R. Hartley
  • Long-term human capital impacts of the global climate
    Jesse-Anttila-Hughes; Columbia University and Marshall Burke; UC Berkeley
  • Structural Estimation of an Equilibrium Model with Externalities: Program Evaluation of Post-Katrina Rebuilding Grants
    Jessee Gregory; University of Wisconsin and Fu Chao; University of Wisconsin
  • The Economic Impact of Hurricane Katrina on its Victims: Evidence from Individual Tax Returns
    Tatyana Deryugina; University of Illinois, Laura Kawano; US Department of Treasury, and Steven Levitt; University of Chicago

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IV. Selected Presentation Paper Sessions

Session 2010 Cooperatives and Local Markets
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Agribusiness Economics and Management)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway D

Organic markets, cooperatives, and local markets continue to grow in size and demand.  This session looks at these agribusiness marketing strategies within the U.S. and China.


  • An Economic Analysis of “Local” Production: Is it Efficient or Inefficient?
    Eugene Jones; Ohio State University
  • Clusters of Organic Operations and their Impact on Regional Economic Growth in the United States
    Ioana I. Marasteanu; Penn State and Edward C. Jaenicke; Penn State
  • Decision making among heterogeneous members: a study on efficiency under centralized managerial structure of Chinese Farmer Cooperatives
    Meilin Ma; UC Davis and Heng Zhu; University of California-Davis
  • Structural Changes in Farmer Cooperatives
    Chatura B. Ariyaratne; Kansas State University, Brian C. Briggeman; Kansas State University, and Chuck Mickelsen; Kansas State University

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Session 2011 Farm Management
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Ag Finance and Farm Management)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway E

This session addresses several important topics in farm financial management.


  • Are Two Heads Better than One Head in Managing the Farm?
    Loren W. Tauer; Cornell University
  • Economic Feasibility of Anaerobic Digesters on Swine Operations
    Cortney A. Cowley; Oklahoma State University, B. Wade Brorsen; Oklahoma State University; and Doug Hamilton; Oklahoma State University
  • Feeding Practices and Input Cost Performance in U.S. Hog Operations: The Case of Split-Sex and Phase Feeding
    Lee Schulz; Iowa State University and Joleen C. Hadrich, Colorado State University
  • Is Farm Management Skill Persistent?
    Xin Li; University of Illinois and Nicholas D. Paulson; University of Illinois

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Session 2012 Forecasting Methods and Evaluation
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Demand and Price Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway F

Forecasting models are an important area of research for agricultural economists. This session is devoted to research on forecast model development, forecast evaluation, and using forecasting performance as a method of model selection.


  • USDA and Private Analysts' Forcasts of Ending Stocks: How Good Are They?
    Jinzhi Xiao, Iowa State University, Chad E. Hart; Iowa State University, and Sergio H. Lence; Iowa State University
  • Performance and Relevance of Wheat Futures Market in India - An Exploratory Analysis
    Sendhil Ramadas; Directorate of Wheat Research

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Session 2013 Food and Agricultural Marketing -  **NEW!** Lightning Session
Selected Presentation Paper Session
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway G

Join us for a new presentation format on this year's program...the lightning round.  By including  a higher number of papers, highlighting their key findings and conclusions, this session features a succinct look at current ag and food marketing issues.


  • Beef or Chicken? A Study of the Generation-X and Millennial Consumers’ Meat Choice, with an Emphasis on the Impacts of Social Media Outlets and Nutrition Information
    Kuo-Liang Chang; South Dakota State University, Lisa M. Eilliot; South Dakota State University, Shannon Sand; South Dakota State University, Rocky Dailey; South Dakota State University, and Sierra Blachford; South Dakota State University
  • Can Nutrition and Health Information Increase Demand for Seafood among Parents? Evidence from a Choice Experiment
    Xiang Bi; University of Florida, Lisa A. House; University of Florida, and Zhifeng Gao; University of Florida
  • Consumer Demand for Greek Yogurt in the United States and its Implications to New York Dairy Industry
    Senarath Dharmasena; Texas A&M University, Abigail M. Okren; USDA-ERS, and Oral Capps, Jr.; Texas A&M University
  • Home Meal Replacement Market Segmentation Based on Food Life Style
    Hyebin Jo; Seoul National University, Seoyoun Lee, and Young-Chang Choe; Seoul National University, Junghoon Moon; Seoul National University, Jaeseok Jeong; Kyung Hee University
  • Credence Attributes’ Valuation and Price Dispersion: Quantile Regression vs. Stochastic Frontier – an Application to Health Claims in Yogurts
    Francesco Bimbo; Wageningen University, Alessandro Bonanno; Wageningen University, Rosaria Vlscecchia; Universita' di Foggia, Marco Costanigro; Colorado State University, and Alfons Oude Lansink; Wageningen University
  • State and Retail Outlet Impact on Premiums for Locally Grown Berries
    Omer Hoke; University of Connecticut, Benjamin L. Campbell; University of Connecticut, Thao Hau; University of Connecticut, and Mark Brand; University of Connecticut
  • Store Choices of Rural Grocery Shoppers Using an Attribute Screening Model
    Hikaru Hanawa Peterson; Kansas State University and Jeffrey M. Peterson; Kansas State University
  • The Divergence of Defining Local Food – Consumer Co-op versus Conventional Grocery Shoppers
    Shang-Ho Yang; National Chung Hsing University and Timothy A. Woods; University of Kentucky

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Session 2014 SNAP and Food Security
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway H

SNAP food assistance programs and impacts on food security.


  • Does SNAP Improve Your Health?
    Christian A. Gregory; USDA-ERS and Partha Deb; Hunter College
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and food insecurity among families with children
    Jun Zhang; University of Tennessee, Steven T. Yen; STY Health Econometrics, and Yanhao Wang; University of Minnesota
  • The Effect of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Food and Nonfood Spending Among Low-Income Households
    Carlos E. Carpio; Texas Tech University, Tullaya Boonsaeng; Texas Tech University, Chen Zhen; RTI, and Abigail Okren; USDA-ERS
  • The Location and Timing of SNAP Purchases
    Kathy Baylis; Illinois, Linlin Fan; Illinois, Craig G. Gunderson; University of Illinois, and James P. Ziliak; University of Kentucky

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Session 2015 Risk Management
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Food and Agricultural Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway I

Risk management issues, policies, and impacts.


  • Crop Insurance Use and Land Rental Agreements
    Todd H. Kuethe; University of Illinois and Nicholas D. Paulson; University of Illinois
  • Grain Subsidy, Liquidity Constraints and Food Security---Impact of the Grain Subsidy Program on the Grain Supply in China
    Fujin Yi; Nanjing Agricultural University
  • Producer Welfare Implications of the RMA’s “Shrinkage” Crop Insurance Premium Estimator
    Octavio A. Ramirez; University of Georgia, Carlos E. Carpio; Texas Tech University, and Alba J. Collart; Texas A&M University
  • Substitutes versus Complements among Canadian Business Risk Management Programs
    Florentina N. Uzea; Western University, Kenneth Poon; University of Guelph, and Alfons Weersink; University of Guelph

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Session 2016 Food price, Food Demand, and Food Preference
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Food Safety and Nutrition)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Main Level; Lakeshore B

This session is about factors that influence food prices, food demand, and food preferences.


  • Targeting of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits: Evidence from the ACS and NY SNAP Administrative Records
    Erik M. Scherpf; USDA-ERS, Constance Newman; USDA-ERS, and Mark A. Prell; USDA-ERS
  • Quantifying the Effects of Food Access and Prices on Food-at-home Demand
    Chen Zhen; RTI, Bling-Hwan Lin; USDA-ERS, and Abigail M. Okrent; USDA-ERS
  • Is There more than Milk? The Impact of Heifer International's Livestock Donation Program on Rural Livelihoods: What We Learned from a Field Experiment in Zambia
    Kashi R. Kaflie; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Session 2017 Migration, Labor, and Households
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Household and Labor Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Greenway J

This session focuses on the effects of migration, including rural-urban migration, on both households and the labor force. All four papers examine the consequences of migration within a diverse set of countries, including China, the U.S. and Europe.


  • Migration and Agricultural Efficiency
    Matthew Gorton; University of Newcastle, Sophia Davidova; University of Kent, and Johannes Sauer; Technical University Munich
  • The impact of spatial flexibility on unemployment duration in young college-educated workers
    Kevin M. Camp; Purdue University and Brigitte S. Waldorf; Purdue University

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Session 2018 Consumer Behavior, Social Media, Advertising, and Private/National Brand Competition
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Industrial Org./Supply Chain Management)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; LaSalle

Papers in this session empirically and theoretically analyze how prices, social media, advertising, and branding strategies are used by firms and affect consumer purchasing behavior.


  • Competition between Private Labels and National Brands: a Simple Econometric Test and Application to Dairy Markets
    Jeffrey S. Young; Purdue University, Joseph V. Balagtas; Purdue University, James K. Kinkley; Purdue University, and Richard J. Volpe, III; USDA-ERS
  • Hysteresis, Price Acceptance, and Reference Prices
    Timothy J. Richards; Arizona State University, Miguel I. Gomez; Cornell University, and Iryna Iremolenko; Arizona State University
  • Social Media and Consumer Engagement in the Carbonated Soft Drinks Market
    Yizao Liu; University of Connecticut

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Session 2019 Land Markets and Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa
Selected Presentation Paper Session (International Development)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Skyway A

Papers in this session focus on land markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, exploring the development of land markets and determinants of household participation in land markets in Zambia and Malawi, relationships between land access and food security in Kenya, land market integration in Zambia, and demand for and effects of increased land rights in Mozambique


  • Land Access, Land Rental and Food Security: Evidence from Kenya
    Rie Muraoka; Michigan State University, Songqing Jin; Michigan State University, and Thomas S. Jayne; Michigan State University
  • Land Market Integration, Structural Change, and Smallholder Farming in Zambia
    Andrew Larson; University of Minnesota
  • Rural land rental markets in Southern Africa: trends, drivers, determinants of participation and impacts on household welfare in Malawi and Zambia
    Jordan Chamberlin; Michigan State University and Jacob Ricker-Gilbert; Purdue University

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Session 2020 Assessing the Returns to Technology and Aid in Development
Selected Presentation Paper Session (International Development)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Skyway B

Papers in this session address issues surrounding technology adoption and aid.   The studies focus on topics surrounding human capital, technology, and the effectiveness of international aid.


  • Can Computers Increase Human Capital in Developing Countries? An Evaluation of Nepal’s One Laptop per Child Program
    Uttam Sharma; University of Sydney
  • The Effectiveness of International Aid: A Generalized Propensity Score Approach
    Jing Liu; Purdue University and Raymond J.G.M. Florax; Purdue University
  • The Public Benefits of Private Technology Adoption
    Anil K. Bhargava; University of Michigan

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Session 2021 Disease and Invasive Species
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Natural Resource Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; St. Croix

Studies in this session apply bioeconomic modeling to examine invasive species and disease management. The session explores issues related to multiple stable states, learning under uncertainty, spatial management, and climate adaptation


  • Dynamic Optimization of Ecosystem Services: A Comparative Analysis of Non-Spatial and Spatially-Explicit Models
    Seong Do Yun; Purdue University and Ben Gramig; Purdue University
  • Dynamic-Bayesian disease management under state uncertainty: learning and bovine tuberculosis control in New Zealand cattle
    Matthew J. Maclachlan; University of California-Davis and Michael R. Springborn; University of California-Davis
  • Optimal Management of a Native Species Facing Invasion or Infection Risks Involving Multi-Stable Outcomes
    Richard D. Horan; Michigan State University, David Finnoff; University of Wyoming, Kevin Berry; University of Wyoming; and Carson Reeling; Michigan State University
  • The Bioeconomics of Climate Change Adaptation:  Coffee Berry Borer and Shade-Grown Coffee
    Sady S. Atallah; Cornell University and Miguel I. Gomez; Cornell University

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Session 2022 Analyzing Productivity Issues
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Productivity Analysis and Emerging Technologies)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Fifth Level; Lake Superior B

This session contains papers that analyze productivity issues using spatial and bio-economic models.


  • Bio-Economic Weather and Crop Productivity
    Jason M. Beddow; University of Minnesota, Philip g. Pardey; University of Minnesota, and Terrance M. Hurely; University of Minnesota
  • Mandates and the Incentives for Innovation
    Matthew S. Clancy; Iowa State University and GianCarlo Moschini; Iowa State University
  • Spatiotemporal Analysis of Dairy Farm Productivity, Herd Size and Entry-Exit in the United States
    Heesun Jang; University of Wisconsin and Xiaodong Du; University of Wisconsin
  • Technical Change, Efficiency and Total Factor Productivity Growth in U.S. Agriculture
    Darlington Sabasi; Washington State University and C. Richard Shumway; Washington State University

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Session 2023 Climate and Agriculture
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Production Economics)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Second Level; Minnehaha

Papers in this session measure the impacts of climatic factors on decisions and productivity in agriculture.


  • Dynamic Adjustment in U.S. Agriculture under Climate Uncertainty
    Sansi Yang; Washington State University
  • From Cold to Hot: A Preliminary Analysis of Climatic Effects on the Productivity of Wisconsin Dairy Farms
    Lingqiao Qi; University of Connecticut, Boris E. Bravo-Ureta; University of Connecticut, and Victor E. Cabrera; University of Wisconsin
  • Climatic Constraints of US Growing Seasons
    Ariel Ortiz-Bobea; Cornell University
  • Weather Risk, Land Fragmentation, and Cropping Intensity: A Non-Stationary and Dynamic Panel Modeling Approach
    Aditya R. Khanal; Lousiana State University, Ashok K. Mishra; Louisiana State University, and Madhusudan Bhattarai; ICRISAT

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Session 2024 Econometric Modeling of Price Dynamics
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Research Methods/Econometrics/Stats)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Lake Nokomis

This session focuses on price dynamics using nonlinear and generalized econometric methods.


  • Composite Qualitative Forecasting of Futures Prices: Using One Commodity to Help Forecast Another
    Anzhi Li; University of Georgia and Jeffrey H. Dorfman; University of Georgia
  • Mixed-Copula Based Extreme Dependence Analysis: A Case Study of Food and Energy Price Comovements
    Jieyuan Zhao; SAS Institute and Fen Qiu; University of Alberta
  • The ENSO Impact on World Wheat Market Dynamics: Smooth Transitions in Asymmetric Price Transmission
    David Ubilava; University of Sydney

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Session 2025 Wildlife and Fisheries Management: Mechanisms and Tradeoffs
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Lake Calhoun

This session on wildlife and fisheries management includes both theoretical and empirical studies.  The design of policies matters, as does the spatial nature of landowner interactions.


  • Economic Implications of Winter-run Chinook Salmon Conservation through Water Management in the Southern Delta
    Haengku Yoon; University of California-Davis
  • Individual vs. Collective Quotas in Fisheries Management: Efficiency and Distributional Impacts
    Rong Zhou; University of Connecticut and Kathleen Segerson; University of Connecticut
  • Public Incentives for Conservation Easements on Private Land
    Jordan F. Suter; Colorado State University, Sahan T.M. Dissanayake; Colby College, and Lynne Lewis; Bates College
  • Spatial Interactions in Habitat Conservation: Evidence from Prairie Pothole Easements
    Chad D. Lawley; University of Manitoba and Wanhong Yang; University of Guelph

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Session 2026 Agricultural Practices to Improve Water Quality: Space and Time Considerations
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Fifth Level; Lake Superior A

Incorporating farmer heterogeneity, spatial characteristics and dynamic features of water quality issues can improve policy design.  These four empirical papers develop our understanding of this complexity.


  • Agricultural Practice Adjustments to Policies Aiming to Mitigate Water Pollution
    Shanxia Sun; Purdue University, Michael Delgado; Purdue University, and Juan P. Sesmero; Purdue University
  • Assessing the efficiency of alternative best management practices to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB)
    Bijay Porkharel; Louisiana State University, Bryan Gottshall; Louisiana State University, and Krishna P. Paudel; Louisiana State University
  • On optimal placement of best management practices in agricultural watersheds
    Lyubov A. Kurkalova; North Carolina A&T State University
  • Peer Effects and Farmer Heterogeneity in Tillage Choices
    Avishek Konar; Ohio State University, Brian E. Roe; Ohio State University, and Elena G. Irwin; Ohio State University

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Session 2027 Natural Disasters
Selected Presentation Paper Session (Rural/Community Development)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:45am - 11:15

Hyatt Regency; Fourth Level; Lake Harriet

Many communities are exposed to various forms of natural disasters. This session includes four presentations that investigate how community development responds to the impact of natural disasters and the disaster aids that follow.


  • An Integrated Engineering-Economic Vulnerability Assessment Tool --An Assessment of Tsunami Impact on Coastal Communities
    Yong Chen; Oregons State University, Yunguang Chen; Oregon State University, Patrick Corcoran; Oregon State University, Daniel Cox; Oregon State University, Bruce Weber; Oregon State University, and Dane Wiebe; Oregon State University
  • Economics Impacts of Natural Hazards on Per Capita Income in the United States
    Jianhong Mu; Oregon State University
  • The Effectiveness of Post-Katrina Disaster Aid: The Influence of Long-Term Disaster Relief on Small Businesses in Mississippi
    Anna Leigh Josephson; Purdue University and Maria I. Marshall; Purdue University

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