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 Applied Economics Perspectives & Policy. 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.
Food Assistance Programs in the Time of COVID-19
This session will report on emergency efforts to reduce food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the session will be to assess what worked and what did not, drawing lessons that can be applied to future food security strengthening efforts.
Discussant: Norbert L.W. Wilson, Duke University
Challenges to the Multilateral Trading System: What’s Next for Agricultural Trade Policy?
The objective of this session is to examine current challenges to the multilateral system. including the extent and distribution of agricultural trade flows that has occurred under the dispute settlement mechanism.
Discussant: Daniel Sumner, University of California, Davis
Moderator: Shawn Arita, USDA-OCE
Organizer: Jason Grant, Virginia Tech
Consumer behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic and potential implications for post-consumer changes in food expenditures
This session will present and compare findings from three surveys undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic to explore changes in consumer food behavior, including how households purchase and acquire food, changes in food values, and how these changes may be sustained post-pandemic.
Discussant: Timothy Woods, University of Kentucky
Moderator: Wilson Sinclair, USDA-ERS
WAEA Keynote Address
The incoming USDA Chief Economist and former Research Professor/Associate Director for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri will provide an overview of the agricultural economy and the challenges it faces in the near- and long-term future.
Discussants: Seth Meyer, University of Missouri; Eric Belasco, Montana State University
Moderator: Eric Belasco, Montana State University
Climate Change and Agriculture in the West
Papers in this session will focus on the impacts of climate change on agriculture in the west.
Discussant: Jesse Tack, Kansas State University
New Frontiers for Agricultural Economics Research Using Data from the U.S. Federal Statistical System
We propose a session with two research papers that use confidential federal statistical system data to address novel economic questions concerning farm household behavior and agricultural production activities, and two policy-oriented discussion papers, one focusing on current and newly available NASS/ERS data products, and a second focusing broadly on recent policy initiatives to promote greater data access and data sharing across federal statistical agencies, and related challenges and opportunities for researchers.
Discussants: Brady Brewer, Purdue University; Jessica Todd, USDA-ERS
Moderator: David Williams, Purdue University
May 15, 2021
May 20, 2021