Thursday, August 27, 2015

2016 ASSA Annual Meeting: Registration & Housing

AAEA is proud to be represented at the ASSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. The 2016 Meeting will take place on January 3-5, 2016 (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday). The headquarters hotel is the Hilton San Francisco Union Square; the co-headquarters hotel is the Marriott Marquis San Francisco. The 2015 Meeting in Boston, MA, had over 12,000 registered participants.

This is a courtesy reminder that Registration and Housing will open on September 16th, 11:00 am CDST. Housing will be limited, please plan accordingly.

We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Member Blog: David Zilberman

Smart adaptation to climate change in agriculture: A recipe from Milan

I returned from a ten day stay in Milan where I attended both the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE) triennial meeting as well as a workshop on climate smart agriculture sponsored by FAO.[1] Milan is known as the “city that works” in Italy, and indeed I marveled at its modernized public transportation, cleanliness, and elegance. Of course, it also has its share of magnificent older buildings, churches, and neighborhoods that are a must see when visiting Italy.Of course, it also has its share of magnificent older buildings, churches, and neighborhoods that are a must see when visiting Italy.

The ICAE conference was held on the campus of the University of Milan—a converted hospital that was built in the 15th century. It is the best venue of the best-run conference I have attended in many years. The FAO workshop took place in a palace that was built by a rich merchant in the 18th century, was the home of the Austrian queen, then sold to Napoleonic government in 19th century, and is now owned by the Italian government. It has a marvelous mirror room and a great yard for lunches and other outdoor activities. The workshop focused on a line of ongoing research on how climate change considerations should affect agricultural investments and policies in developing countries in the near future (the next 15-20 years). It emphasized identifying effective strategies for adaptation to (rather than mitigation of) climate change, and assessing their impacts.
 It is predicted by the IPCC and other notable groups that the main short term effect of climate change is the increased likelihood of extreme weather events (droughts, typhons, etc.). In the longer run (after 2040), climate change may lead to rising water levels and significant “migration of weather” (e.g. the weather in San Francisco in the future may be similar to the current weather of Los Angeles). The main forms of adaptation to long run changes include innovation and adoption of alternative agricultural practices and economic activities or migration away from locations where farming and livelihood become unfeasible to new locations . The main proposed forms of adaptation to the short term increases in the likelihood of extreme weather events are adoption of more climate resilient crop varieties and management practices and introduction of crop insurance and input subsidies. Based on this background and the discussion in the workshop, I developed my own conclusions on the design of effective adaptation strategies for the near future.

Read more on David Zilverman's Blog

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summary of AAEA Post-Conference Workshop Applying Behavioral and Experimental Economics to Food and Agri-Environmental Issues

Co-Organized by Carola Grebitus (ASU) and Christiane Schroeter (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo), AAEA Food Safety and Nutrition Section (FSN)

We would like to provide a quick overview of our AAEA Post-conference Workshop on Behavioral and Experimental Economics, which took place July 29th at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. This Post-conference Workshop was organized by Carola Grebitus (FSN Member-at-Large) and Christiane Schroeter (FSN Chair). Brenna Ellison (FSN Member-at-Large); Jayson Lusk (AAEA President-Elect); Bidisha Mandal; and Kent Messer served as the organizing committee. Our workshop sold out, with 105 attendees and a waitlist.

The workshop outlined 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 of the workshop was 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 program included five talks by speakers from the field of applied behavioral and experimental economics as it relates to food and agri-environmental issues. Two keynotes were provided by David Just from Cornell University on “Behavioral Nudges and Policy: Why Choice Matters and Why it Doesn't,” and Paul Ferraro from Johns Hopkins University on “Applying Behavioral Economics to Improve Environmental Policy: Knowns and Unknowns.” In addition, three invited speakers presented their research. Collin Payne from New Mexico State University presented research on “Behavioral Economic Nutrition Interventions in the Grocery Store: Retail, Consumer, and Economic Sustainability;” Michele Belot from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland provided insights into “Habitual Behavior in the Context of Diet,” and Andrew Hanks from The Ohio State University discussed “Are You Going to Eat That? Key Insights from Behavioral Economics into Food Selection and Intake Decisions.”

During the lunch break, a “Mini-Mentoring-Meeting” session took place. The AAEA Trust sponsored this session. Graduate students and young professionals gathered in small groups together with experienced researchers and discussed their own experimental designs. Before the workshop, the participants of this session provided their mentors with abstracts to get feedback. The format of this session was a guided discussion. The senior researchers serving as mentors were Michele Belot (University of Edinburgh, Scotland); Gregory Colson (University of Georgia); Paul Ferraro (Johns Hopkins University); Andrew Hanks (The Ohio State University); Lisa House (University of Florida); Wuyang Hu (University of Kentucky); Kristin Kiesel (California State University, Sacramento); Bidisha Mandal (Washington State University); Brandon McFadden (University of Florida); Kent Messer (University of Delaware); Collin Payne (New Mexico State University); Adam Rabinowitz (University of Connecticut); Trenton G. Smith (University of Otago, New Zealand); and Jordan Suter (Colorado State University). A total of 32 students participated in the Mini-Mentoring Meeting. The mentoring groups covered: Beliefs of farmers, Landowner perception, risk -- psychological variables, Consumer and Health, Field experiments (lab experiments); Games, taxes, trading, cooperative behavior; Development economics, Ag development; Environment and Ecosystems; Food attributes and Willingness-to-pay; Choice experiments and Sensory; Incentivizing healthy behaviors; Production agriculture decisions; and Social learning, Social networks, Peer influences.

We closed the workshop with a panel discussion. Kent Messer from the University of Delaware joined our workshop speakers as panel members. The panel discussion provided a forum for attendees to ask questions and discuss matters of the workshop in a more elaborated way.

In addition to the generous funding by the AAEA Trust, and the AAEA Food Safety & Nutrition, we received substantial funding from the USDA-Economic Research Service (ERS), the Center for Behavioral & Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR), and the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN Center). Non-monetary support was also received from the AAEA Graduate Student Section and the AAEA Institutional & Behavioral Economics Section. Thanks to all of our sponsors for a successful workshop!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Webinar: Farm Financial Forecasts

You have been invited to a meeting hosted by ERS Economist Mitch Morehart. All the information you need to join is below.

Meeting Description:

USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) will release a new forecast for calendar year 2015 income, assets, debt, and farm business performance, and the outlook for farm operator households. This is the second forecast for 2015, and it will incorporate new information on production expenses, land values, and the outlook for commodities. Estimates for 2014 farm income and value added will also be released for the U.S. and states.

ERS Economist Mitch Morehart will present the Farm Sector and Household Income Forecast and take questions from the audience in this exclusive USDA webinar. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with questions and answers immediately after.

Date: August 25, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM EDT
Duration: 45 Minutes
Host: ERS Economist Mitch Morehart

To sign up for this Webinar, click HERE, or copy and paste "" into your web browser

Monday, August 17, 2015

Preliminary Agenda posted for the Crop Insurance and the 2014 Farm Bill: Reports and Analyses from the Field Workshop


Now-September 1:  $200
September 2-21:  $250

Register Online or by completing the PDF Form and faxing it to (414) 276-3349.
Registration closes on September 21, 2015. Refunds will not be granted after September 21, 2015. Canceled registrations received before September 21 are subject to a $50 administrative processing fee.

Hotel and Workshop Venue Information

Marriott Louisville Downtown
280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Room Rate: $179 (single/double)

Make your hotel reservation online or by calling (800) 533-0127.
Additional program information coming soon!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Member Profile: Jane Kolodinsky

Jane Kolodinsky

University of Vermont

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New Africa Section

AAEA has a new section started – the Africa Section.  We are holding our inaugural section organizing meeting on Sunday, July 26 in Sierra H at 11:30.  If you are working in Africa or has an interest in working in Africa, or working with people working in Africa and just want to learn more about doing research, teaching and outreach in Africa, come join us for conversations about how we can organize the Africa Section into a vibrant and exciting section in our Association.  If you have questions, please contact Vincent Amanor-Boadu at  I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of people and discovering some creative ways of enhancing scholarship in Africa and increasing the vibrancy of African agricultural and applied economics within AAEA.