Applying Behavioral and Experimental Economics to Food and AgriEnvironmental Issues

Project: Research project

Description

OBJECTIVE and BACKGROUND:

This agreement supports a workshop scheduled to be held at the 2015 AAEA and WAES joint annual meeting, San Francisco, CA, July 26-29 on behavioral and experimental economics sponsored by the AAEA Food Safety and Nutrition Section, the USDA Center for Behavioral and Experimental AgriEnvironmental Policy Research and, the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.

Insights and analytical tools from behavioral economics are changing the way economists help design programs and regulations and evaluate policy effectiveness. Considering that healthy food choices and participation in agri-environmental programs are led by more than price and income it is important to make use of the tools offered by behavioral economics. Understanding the concepts of behavioral economics, and making the connection between behavioral and agricultural economics is of tremendous importance to applied and agricultural economists. This workshop will highlight tools of behavioral economics of importance to AAEA members/meetings attendees and enable the workshop attendees to incorporate the tools in their future research, teaching and service.

The objective of this post-conference workshop is to outline behavioral economic theoretical contributions, empirical and experimental tools and results that may help to explain the impact of economic behavior on food choice and participation in agri-environmental programs. The primary purpose is to contribute to the attendees understanding of the theory, research methods, and tools for using behavioral and experimental economics to analyze individual decision making. The conference program will include two keynotes speakers and a carefully selected slate of invited speakers representing the cutting edge of our Associations research in these areas.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date4/22/1512/31/15

Funding

  • USDA: Economic Research Service: $5,000.00

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Food
Experimental economics
Food choice
Participation
Agri-environmental programs
Economists
Policy research
Agricultural economics
Policy effectiveness
Research methods
Child nutrition
Agri-environmental policy
Nutrition
Food safety
Economic behaviour
Income
Individual decision making