Call for Workshop Papers

Advances in the Economic Analysis of Food System Drivers and Effects

Workshop Dates: June 9-10, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA.
Abstract Deadline: February 16, 2018 

The 2018 Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) Pre-Conference Workshop, co-sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, will be held on June 9-10, 2018, just prior to the NAREA conference taking place June 10-12 in Philadelphia, PA. This pre-conference workshop will highlight recent advances in the economic analysis of food systems in the U.S. as well as globally. We seek papers that address individual impacts and causes as well as papers that examine system-wide interactions within the food system, including production, distribution and consumption linkages. Abstract deadline is February 16, 2018

The modern food system has important effects on consumers, the natural environment, and society more generally.  At the same time, a wide range of policies, economic incentives and other factors influence the food system and determine its outcomes and impacts.  The 2015 Institute of Medicine/National Research Council (IOM/NRC) report, A Framework for Assessing Effects of the Food System, outlines how such impacts can be evaluated but stops short of providing actual research results.

This pre-conference workshop seeks to highlight recent advances in the economic analysis of food systems in the U.S. as well as globally. We seek papers that address individual impacts and causes as well as papers that examine system-wide interactions within the food system, including production, distribution and consumption linkages. 

Examples of the questions and issues we expect papers to examine include: the growing conflict over global land use around cities and what this means for food production capacity; the potential for urban agriculture to meet (some of) the food needs of cities; implications of climate change for the (shifting) optimal locations of individual establishments within the U.S. food distribution system; institutional innovations targeted at incentives that influence the amount of waste in the food system; the potential for public policy to mitigate the prevalence of “food deserts;” the changing food system as a complex, adaptive network; implications for energy use of moving towards a food diet that is more consistent with federal dietary guidelines; etc.

In addition to this singular focus on individual issues, we encourage papers and sessions that use holistic, boundary-spanning perspectives that examine the different components and issues as integral parts of an entire system. We also encourage papers that identify largely neglected policy gaps and future research needs.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Authors wishing to have a paper considered must submit an extended abstract by Friday, February 16, 2018. Abstracts must be submitted online at http://narea.org/2018/workshop/submit_workshop.asp, where authors will be prompted to provide:

  • name, address, e-mail address and phone number of paper presenter or primary contact;
  • title of paper;
  • name and institutional affiliation of paper presenter and co-author(s);
  • 2-4 key words;
  • extended abstract: 1000 to 1500 words maximum;
  • references cited; and,
  • a very brief description of your session in 25 words or fewer (which we will use to advertise your session).

Abstracts that do not comply with these guidelines will be returned without review. Electronic acknowledgements of submissions will be sent to all submitters. Abstracts will be reviewed by the NAREA Pre-conference Workshop Selected Papers Committee in terms of the significance to the field, strength of methodology/design, and clarity of writing. Authors will be notified of the status of their abstract by March 13, 2018.

Selected paper presentations will be 20 minutes. Full papers must be received from notified authors by May 16, 2018, to be included in the workshop's program. Papers presented at the workshop will be considered for expedited review and publication in a special 2018 issue of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (ARER); however final versions of the papers must be sent to ARER by July 31, 2018.

Thanks to a USDA/NIFA conference grant we will be able to provide a combination of travel support and honoraria on a limited basis.  In addition, all paper processing fees will be covered for papers accepted into the journal.

For More Information

Further information concerning workshop registration and the final program will be provided in the spring issue of the NAREA Newsletter and on the NAREA website. For more information, please contact the NAREA Workshop Organizing Committee:

  • Stephan J. Goetz (sgoetz@psu.edu), Penn State and NERCRD
  • Carolyn Dimitri (carolyn.dimitri@nyu.edu), New York University
  • Ted Jaenicke (ecj3@psu.edu), Penn State

Additional Workshop Details

This year’s NAREA conference features a lineup of leading experts in the field of food systems economics, starting with Timothy Richards (Arizona State University) who will be a featured speaker at the workshop.  At the conference following the workshop, Joseph Price (Brigham Young University) and Kevin Volpp (University of Pennsylvania) will speak on behavioral economics and health/food consumption, while Marc Bellemare (University of Minnesota) and Pol Antras (Harvard University) will present on food supply chains in developing countries.