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AAEA at the 2016 ASSA Annual Meeting

The 2016 Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting will take place on January 3-5 at the Hilton San Francisco.

Please review your session(s) and let AEA know if you see anything that is amiss. Before making additions, please do a search to make sure you are not adding someone who is already scheduled at the same time.

AEA realizes that there are some conflicts with participants. This was unavoidable, and in such cases a co-author will have to present the paper. Changes and corrections should be sent to (Phone: (615) 322-2595).

All sessions will be equipped with a projector and screen for your presentation. ASSA will not provide computers.

Location of Sessions for 2016 in San Francisco, California

The beginning and ending times of sessions is shown below, with the exception being on the last day of the meeting when the last time slot will run from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

8:00 am - 10:00 am
10:15 am - 12:15 pm
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

T.W. Schultz Memorial Lecture: Frank Wolak

"Solving the West's Water Problem"
January 3, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Marriott Marquis — Yerba Buena Salons 5 & 6
Reception to Follow in Yerba Buena Salons 3 & 4 at 7:15pm

Frank Wolak is the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price
Studies in the Economics Department at Stanford. He is well known
for his work on competition in infrastructure industries, including
electricity and water, which is a very timely topic. His bio and
contact information are online at:

Presentation Abstract
The increasing scarcity and uncertainty in water availability in the Western United States points to the need for new mechanisms for allocating water resources. This talk suggests two directions for reforming existing water mechanisms. The first deals with pricing wholesale water to encourage more efficient use of existing resources. The second focuses on measuring the willingness-to-pay of water consumers to both allocate existing water supplies more efficiently and accurately value proposed water infrastructure investments. Parallels to the electricity supply industry and the re-structuring process that took place there over 15 years ago and lessons from that experience will be noted.

2016 AAEA Invited Paper Sessions

Jan 03, 2016
Water Resource Management Challenges: Efficient Institutions and Policies (Q5)

8:00 am, Marriott Marquis, Sierra C

Presiding: Levan Elbakidze (West Virginia University )

The Gravity of Water: Water Trade Frictions in California

  • Charles Regnacq (Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour)
  • Ariel Dinar (University of California, Riverside)
  • Ellen Hanak (Public Policy Institute of California Water Policy Center)

Technological Portfolio Approach to Address Changing Climate and Its Impact of Water

  • Yang Xie (University of California, Berkeley)
  • David Roland-Holst (University of California, Berkeley)
  • David Zilberman (University of California, Berkeley)

Bargaining for Recharge: An Analysis of Cooperation and Conjunctive Surface Water-Groundwater Management for Irrigation

  • Kelly Cobourn (Virginia Tech)
  • Levan Elbakidze (University of Idaho)
  • Gregory Amacher (Virginia Tech)


  • Jeffrey Peterson (University of Minnesota)

Targeting Nutrient Pollution to Protect Inland and Coastal Waterways: Tradeoffs Between Agriculture and Aquatic Ecosystem Services (Q5)

10:15 am, Marriott Marquis, Sierra C

Presiding: Joseph Herriges (Michigan State University)
The Implications of Environmental Policy on Nutrient Outputs in Agricultural Watersheds
  • Brent Sohngen (The Ohio State University)
Robust Optimization of Agricultural Conservation Investments to Cost-Efficiently Reduce the Northern Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone
  • Catherine Kling (Iowa State University)
Too Burdensome to Bid: Transaction Costs and Pay-for-Performance Conservation
  • Leah H. Palm-Forster (University of Delaware)

The Agricultural Phosphorus Pollution Puzzle: Knowledge Gaps on Costs, Ecosystem Services, Values and Policy

  • Frank Lupi (Michigan State University)

Analysis of Trade and Localization in Agricultural Products and Processed Foods (A1)

12:30 pm, Marriott Marquis, Sierra C

Presiding: Stephen Devadoss (University of Idaho)
Implications of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for Food Processing Sector
  • Jeff Luckstead (University of Arkansas)
  • Stephen Devadoss (University of Idaho)
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Barriers in Chinese Agricultural Exports: The Role of Trade Intermediaries
  • Mark J. Gibson (Washington State University)
  • Qianqian Wang (Henan University)
The Localization of Processed Food Products over Time
  • Andrew J. Cassey (Washington State University)
  • Ben O. Smith (University of Nebraska–Omaha)
  • Gopinath Munisamy (United States Department of Agriculture)

Supply Chains as Mechanisms to Facilitate Technological Change in Agriculture (Q1)

2:30 pm, Marriott Marquis, Sierra C

Presiding: David Zilberman (University of California-Berkeley)
Disembodied Technology Innovation and Supply Chain Design
  • Xiaoxue Du (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Liang Lu (University of California, Berkeley)
  • David Zilberman (University of California, Berkeley)
Global Agrifood Firms Leveraging Value Chain Innovations and Inter-Firm Contracts to Fast-Track Technology Transfer to Emerging Market Investment Locations
  • Thomas Reardon (Michigan State University)
Innovations in International Value Chains to Transfer Technologies in Developing Countries
  • Johan Swinnen (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
New Product Introductions and Innovation in the Food Marketing Chain
  • Haimanti Bhattacharya (University of Utah)
  • Robert Innes (University of California, Merced)



Jan 04, 2016
Food Access, Food Choice and Obesity: Theoretical and Empirical Advances (I1, Q1)

8:00 am, Marriott Marquis, Sierra C

Presiding: Di Zeng (University of Arkansas)
Food Desert and Obesity Risk: A Theoretical Perspective
  • Di Zeng (University of Arkansas)
  • Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr. (University of Arkansas)
  • Michael R. Thomsen (University of Arkansas)
Food Access and Obesity Outcomes: A Multidimensional Examination
  • Jacqueline Yenerall (Virginia Tech)
  • Wen You (Virginia Tech)
The Effect of Food Environment on Weight and Obesity: Evidence from French Urban Data
  • France Caillavet (INRA-ALISS)
  • Gayaneh Kyureghian (Korea University)
  • Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr. (University of Arkansas)
  • Pierre Chauvin (INSERM)


  • Louis-Georges Soler (INRA-ALISS)

Frontiers in the Economics of Food Labeling (Q1)

2:30 pm, Marriott Marquis, Sierra C

Presiding: Xiaoyong Zheng (North Carolina State University)
Market Responses to Changes in Food Labeling: Theory and Empirical Implementation
  • Xiaoou Liu (Renmin University of China)
  • Chen Zhu (China Agricultural University)
  • Rigoberto A. Lopez (University of Connecticut)
The Effects of Expert Opinion on Consumer Demand for Goods with Credence Attributes: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
  • Chen Zhen (University of Georgia)
  • Xiaoyong Zheng (North Carolina State University)
Effects of Nutrition Label Use on Consumer Diet-Health Concerns
  • Sven Anders (University of Alberta)
  • Christiane Schroeter (California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo)
Socially Responsible Product Labels and Warm Glow: The Case of Specialty Coffee
  • Leslie J. Verteramo Chiu (Cornell University)
  • Miguel Gómez (Cornell University)
  • Jura Liaukonyte (Cornell University)
  • Harry M. Kaiser (Cornell University)
  • Jubo Yan (Cornell University)