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Best Economics Paper: Food Safety and Nutrition

Each year at its business meeting, the FSN section makes an award for the best paper on the economics of food safety and human nutrition published in the previous year. Theoretical and applied research is equally acceptable. Reviewers will look for innovative original research with a high impact. Authors do not need to be members of AAEA or the Section to be considered. In order to be eligible, a paper must have been published in an English-language peer-reviewed journal with a publication date in the year prior to the award. A call for nominations, including self nominations, is issued each spring.  

2022 Winners

Katherine Harris-Lagoudakis. Online shopping and the healthfulness of grocery purchases. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 104(3): 1050-1076.

Honorable Mention: Modhurima Dey Amin, Syed Badruddoza and Jill J. McCluskey.  2021.  Predicting access to healthful food retailers with machine learning, Food Policy. 99:101985.

Past Award Winners

Xi He, Rigoberto A. Lopez, and Rebecca Boehm.  2020.  Medicaid expansion and non-alcoholic beverage choices by low-income households.  Health Economics.  29(11): 1327-1342.

Honorable Mention: Melissa A. Wright, Timothy K.M. Beatty, Hayley H. Chouinard.  2020.  Do firms leverage the FDA nutrient label rounding rules to generate favorable nutrition fact panels or health claims.  Food Policy.  97: 101807

Wen You and George Davis.  2019. Estimating dual headed time in food production with implications for SNAP benefit adequacy.  Review of Economics of the Household. 17:249-266.

Honorable Mention: Helen H. Jensen, Brent Kreider, and Oleksandr Zhylyevskyy. 2019. Investigating Treatment Effects of Participating Jointly in SNAP and WIC when the Treatment is Validated Only for SNAP.  Southern Economic Journal.  86(1):124-155.

Rebecca Boehm, Parke E. Wilde, Michele Ver Ploeg, Christine Costello and Sean B. Cash. 2018. “A Comprehensive Live Cycle Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Household Food Choices.” Food Policy, 79(C): 67-76.

Honorable Mention: Yanliang YangGeorge.C. Davis, and Wen You. “Measuring Food Expenditure Poverty in SNAP Populations: Some Extensions with An Application to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. Vol. 41. No.1 

Sandra Hoffmann, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Willy Aspinall, Roger Cooke, Tim Corrigan, Arie Havelaar, Frederick Angulo et al. 2017. "Attribution of global foodborne disease to specific foods: Findings from a World Health Organization structured expert elicitation." PloS One 12: e0183641.

Honorable Mention: Prakarsh Singh and William Masters. 2017. “ Impact of caregiver incentives on child health: Evidence from an experiment with Anganwadi workers in India.” Journal of Health Economics 55: 219-231.

Julian Alston, Joanna MacEwan, and Abigail Okrent. "Effects of US public agricultural R&D on US obesity and its social costs." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 38: 492-520.

Honorable Mention: Almada, Lorenzo, Ian McCarthy, and Rusty Tchernis. 2016. "What can we learn about the effects of food stamps on obesity in the presence of misreporting?" American Journal of Agricultural Economics 98: 997-1017.

Timothy K.M. Beatty and Charlotte J. Tuttle. "Expenditure Response to Increases in In-Kind Transfers: Evidence from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2015. 

Honorable Mention: Tina L. Saitone, Richard J. Sexton, and Richard J. Volpe III. "A Wicked Problem? Cost Containment in the Women, Infants and Children Program." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2015.

Timothy K.M. Beatty, Biing-Hwan Lin, and Travis A. Smith, “Is Diet Quality Improving? Distributional Changes in the United States, 1989-2008.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2014.

Honorable Mention: Chen Zhen, Eric A. Finkelstein, James M. Nonnemaker, Shawn A. Karns, and Jessica E. Todd, “Predicting the Effects of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes on Food and Beverage Demand in a Large Demand System.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2014.

Yuqing Zheng, Edward W. McLaughlin, and Harry M. Kaiser, “Taxing Food and Beverages: Theory, Evidence, and Policy.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2013.

Abigail Okrent and Julian M. Alston, “The Effects of Farm Commodity and Retail Food Policies on Obesity and Economic Welfare in the United States.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2012.

Chen Zhen, Michael K. Wohlgenant, Shawn Karns, and Phillip Kaufman, "Habit Formation and Demand for Sugar-Sweetened Beverages" American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2011.

Wen You and George Davis, "Household Food Expenditures. Parental Time Allocation, and Childhood Overweight." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2010.

Sharon Maccini and Dean Yang, “Under the Weather: Health, Schooling, and Economic Consequences of Early-Life Rainfall.” American Economic Review, 2009.

Honorable Mention: Carlos Arnada, Linda Calvin, and Fred Kuchler. 2009. “Consumer Response to a Food Safety Shock: The 2006 Foodborne Illness Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Spinach.” Appl. Econ. Perspect. Pol., 2009.

Christiane Schroeter, Jayson Lusk and Wallace Tyner, “Determining the Impact of Food Price and Income Changes on Body Weight”. Journal of Health Economics, 2008.

Jay Shimshack, Michael Ward and Timothy Beatty, “Mercury Advisories: Information, Education, and Fish Consumption”. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2007.

David Hennessy and GianCarlo Moschini, “Regulatory Actions Under Adjustment Costs and the Resolution of Scientific Uncertainty”. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2006.

Marianne Bitler and Janet Currie, “Does WIC work? The effects of WIC on pregnancy and birth outcomes”. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2005.