Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Member Profile: Miguel I. Gómez

Miguel I. Gómez
Assistant Professor
Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

AAEA Activities:
  • AAEA Annual Meeting Poster Competition Judge
  • AAEA Selected Presentations Reviewer

Miguel I. Gómez is Assistant Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá) and a PhD in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Cornell, he was a faculty member at the University of Illinois.

Miguel concentrates his research program on three interrelated areas under the umbrella of food marketing and distribution. The first is Supply Chains Competitiveness & Sustainability. His work in this area involves multi-disciplinary collaborations and his primary contribution is the development of normative optimization models to assess supply chain performance in multiple dimensions—economic, social and environmental. The second is Retailing & Channel Relationships. Here, Miguel combines microeconomic theory with quantitative marketing research, emphasizing key concepts such as customer satisfaction, demand response, and retail performance. The third is Price Analysis. Miguel's research here sheds light on the impact of pricing tactics in food retailing; on price transmission in the supply chain; and on models to forecast prices. An important component of his research and outreach program on these three areas focuses on specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables and ornamentals products. The scope of his research and outreach program is domestic and international, the latter emphasizing food value chains in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, his applied research/extension efforts in these three areas aim at enhancing market opportunities for horticultural products, benefiting producers, food processors/distributors, and consumers in New York State.

Selected current domestic research and outreach projects include: developing an east coast broccoli industry; enhancing food security of underserved populations in the Northeast through sustainable regional food systems; challenges facing small and medium sized entrepreneurs in emerging cool climate wine regions; and developing an organic soil-based, sustainable specialty crop greenhouse industry in the Northeast.

Selected current international research and outreach projects include: beyond fair trade, exploring the viability of a Sustainable Trade (ST) certification system among Latin American fruit and vegetable smallholders; exploring risk behavior in the adoption of IPM technologies among potato growers in the Colombian Andean region; evaluation of food aid local and regional procurement pilot program in Guatemala; and fruit and vegetable dispute mechanisms in the North American Free Trade Agreement region.

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