Food and Consumer Economics

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Laurian J. Unnevehr

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS)

James Eales

Purdue University - Department of Agricultural Economics

Jayson Lusk

Purdue University

Jill McCluskey

Washington State University

Jean Kinsey

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 2010

Abstract

Agricultural economists first carried out demand studies in order to understand determinants of farm prices and incomes. The shift to a focus on consumer welfare began with studies of the role of food and food assistance in standards of living. Now the profession is more concerned with how information and quality attributes influence consumer behavior. Agricultural economists’ empirical work in this field has informed the development of household production theory, hedonic price theory, definitions of poverty thresholds, complete demand systems, and survey and experimental techniques to elicit preferences.

Keywords: food consumption, household economics, Household Equivalence Scale, agricultural demand, food assistance, food security, hedonic prices, information, nonmarket valuation

Suggested Citation

Unnevehr, Laurian J. and Eales, James and Lusk, Jayson and McCluskey, Jill and Kinsey, Jean, Food and Consumer Economics (April 2010). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 92, Issue 2, pp. 506-521, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3569189 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ajae/aaq007

Laurian J. Unnevehr (Contact Author)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Economic Research Service (ERS) ( email )

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James Eales

Purdue University - Department of Agricultural Economics ( email )

West Lafayette, IN 47907-1145
United States

Jayson Lusk

Purdue University ( email )

610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
United States

Jill McCluskey

Washington State University

Wilson Rd.
College of Business
Pullman, WA 99164
United States

Jean Kinsey

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