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Invited Paper Sessions

Invited Paper sessions are selected by the AAEA President and two additional Board members based on proposals submitted by AAEA members. These sessions are chosen because they may appeal to a broad spectrum of meeting attendees, further the development and dissemination of systematic knowledge in the field of agricultural and applied economics, and/or generate meaningful conversation. Invited Paper sessions generally involve 2-3 paper presentations and ample opportunity for discussion.  Invited papers may also be published in the proceedings issue of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Invited Paper Sessions are concurrent sessions. Each concurrent session is 90 minutes in duration. Other concurrent sessions include, Selected Paper Sessions, Lightning Sessions, Organized Symposia, Track Sessions, and Invited Case Study Session.

2018 Invited Paper Sessions

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  1. Multi-Pollutant Point-Nonpoint Trading with Participation Decisions: The Role of Transaction Costs
  2. Food Waste Economics: Opportunities and Innovations
  3. Mobile Phone Platform Development: New Research and New Frontiers in Developing Countries
  4. Gene Editing: Economic Issues for CRISPR in Food and Agriculture

Multi-Pollutant Point-Nonpoint Trading with Participation Decisions: The Role of Transaction Costs

This session features three papers that focus on the design of pollution permit markets that integrate trading along a number of dimensions, including space, time and environmental media. This integration captures key features of many agricultural pollution problems, including (i) the joint production of multiple pollutants affecting multiple environmental media and (ii) lags from when pollutants are emitted to the time when they contribute to pollution stocks that damage major environmental resources, and can improve the efficiency of pollution management.

Organizer: Carson Reeling
Moderator: Ben Gramig
Discussant: Amy W. Ando

Multi-Credit Market, Landowners’ Behavioral Responses, and Cost Effectiveness of Credit Stacking Policy
Presented by: Pengfei Liu, PhD                

When the Levee Breaks: Linking Markets to Remove Barriers to Trade
Presented by: Carson Reeling

Intertemporal Trading Ratios for Nutrient Pollution Control
Presented by: Aaron Cook

Food Waste Economics: Opportunities and Innovations

The goal of this session is to identify opportunities and innovations in food waste research. Presenters will discuss: research questions, key challenges, and data availability for conducting economic research on food waste and loss; how policies targeting food waste at one node in the food system impact other upstream or downstream nodes; and the role of learning in household waste behaviors.

Discussant: Brenna Ellison

Opportunities and Challenges in Conducting Economic Research on Food Waste and Loss
Presented by: Brenna Ellison                     

Food Waste in Upstream and Downstream Markets of the Food System
Presented by: Stephen F. Hamilton

The Role of Incidental Learning on Reducing Household Food Waste in Free-Living Condition
Presented by:  Danyi Qi, PhD

Mobile Phone Platform Development: New Research and New Frontiers in Developing Countries

Mobile phones have opened up new forms of communication and information sharing in developing countries. Phones are rapidly transforming lives and livelihoods, as residents of rural areas previously served by one-way radio communication now have access to low cost, two-way ICT. The spread of mobile networks has been remarkable in its speed and ubiquity. Current estimates are that 90% of people globally have access to a mobile phone. In many countries of sub-Saharan Africa, the number of mobile phones per capita is greater than one.

Discussant: Ellen McCullough

No bulls: Asymmetric information in the market for artificial insemination in Pakistan
Presented by: Arman Rezaee                    

Telephone Directories for Mobile Phone Networks
Presented by: Brian Dillon

MahindiMaster: Virtual Learning for Real Farmers
Presented by: Travis J. Lybbert

Gene Editing: Economic Issues for CRISPR in Food and Agriculture

Recent breakthroughs in gene editing, with the 2012 introduction of CRISPR, a highly precise yet versatile DNA “cut-and-paste” technology, have led to an explosion in R&D applications, unprecedented since the rise of biotechnology in the 1970s. These new technologies are capable of a wide range of genetic “edits” in plants and animals and are promising an equally wide range of applications in food and agriculture. While the potential for medical applications of CRISPR technology has captured the public imagination, it is still unclear how potential agricultural and food applications will be received by consumers and the public. The regulatory and intellectual property (IP) landscape also remain uncertain.

Discussant: Fan-Li Chou

The potential economic value of gene editing technologies for agriculture and food and the conditioning effects of regulatory policy and market acceptance
Presented by: Nicholas G. Kalaitzandonakes, PhD                            

Intellectual property control of CRISPR and implications for development of agricultural and food applications
Presented by:   Gregory D. Graff

Gene editing technologies: What to expect from the institutional and legal battles in the EU?
Presented by:  Justus H. Wesseler

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