Climate change, economic recovery, and the 2020 election.
"Sell Me Your Climate Bombs"
The foundation of Professor Villas-Boas' distinguished appointment is her investigation in the vertical structure of markets and her work in the area of food demand. "She works on the frontier of two major topics of importance to understanding domestic agricultural and resource markets in the spirit of the intent of the Class of 1934 Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professorship Chair."
A new research center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will aim to improve U.S. food systems to address such issues as pandemic-driven food system security and safety; improving crop yield, quality and nutrition; decreasing energy and water resource consumption; and increasing production and eliminating food waste.
September 21, 2020 Yale Economic Growth Center publication reflects on economics scholar Professor Cynthia Taft and honors the collaboration between Professors Taft and Adelman and their contributions as "giants and pioneers" in development economics.
Joint with Alejandro del Valle, Elisabeth Sadoulet and Alain de Janvry publish new research on government provision of disaster transfers in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
"Random Utility Models, Wine and Experts"
Read ARE Professor Max Auffhammer's recent EI Blog here.
Megan Lang won the Best Student Paper Award for her paper titled "Contracting for Electricity in Low Income Countries: the Role of Liquidity Constraints and Transaction Costs."
2021 ARE Assistant Professor, and current postdoc at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Katherine Wagner, writes about three features of natural disaster insurance markets that complicate needed policy reform.
The paper "The global value of water in agriculture" written by Paolo D'Odorico, Davide Danilo Chiarelli, Lorenzo Rosa, Alfredo Bini, David Zilberman and Maria Cristina Rulli, has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Welcome to Berkeley Katherine!
ARE is very pleased to welcome the incoming 2020 Graduate Student Cohort to the department and to UC Berkeley!
Berckonomics (Bonding over Economics, Resources, Coffee and Kindness) will be the highlight at an AAEA (virtual) session scheduled August 10, 2020 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM (CDT). The session has been organized by ARE Professor Sofia Villas-Boas and ARE Alumnus ( '17) Andrew Stevens will lead the discussion.
"Joint Oligopsony‐Oligopoly Power in Food Processing Industries: Application to the US Broiler Industry" examines settings in which food processors jointly exercise oligopsony power over farmers in the upstream market and oligopoly power over consumers in the downstream market.
"Subsidy Policies and Insurance Demand" studies the impact of subsidy policies on weather insurance take-up.
A paper was recently published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics by ARE Professor Sofia Berto Villas-Boas, Joshua Berning, and three ARE Alumni: Kristin Kiesel ('09), Hayley Chouinard ('02), and Jill McCluskey ('98) titled "Consumer and Strategic Firm Response to Nutrition Shelf Labels." The paper features experimental evidence on nutrition claims.
Obama-era standards are dead. Who pulled the trigger?
ARE students have been interviewed across several media outlets relating to recent research on the effectiveness of policies intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19, research recently highlighted on this department website. Read the June 9th, 2020 article.
A 2009 paper by ARE Professor Sofia Villas-Boas and coauthors was recently recognized as a finalist for the 2020 Long Term Impact Award given by the INFORMS Society for Marketing Science.