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A Modern Guide to Food Economics

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A Modern Guide to Food Economics

9781800372047 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jutta Roosen, Technical University of Munich, Germany and Jill E. Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80037 204 7 Extent: 384 pp
This Modern Guide provides detailed theoretical and empirical insights into key areas of research in food economics. It takes a forward-looking perspective on how different actors in the food system shape the sustainability of food production, distribution, and consumption, as well as on major challenges to efficient and inclusive food systems.

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This Modern Guide provides detailed theoretical and empirical insights into key areas of research in food economics. It takes a forward-looking perspective on how different actors in the food system shape the sustainability of food production, distribution, and consumption, as well as on major challenges to efficient and inclusive food systems.

Analysing the main characteristics of modern food markets, chapters introduce readers to the economics of food systems, product differentiation, the mediating role of food retailers, and the increasing significance and complexity of international trade in food. Encapsulating new methods in the study of food economics and policy, this Modern Guide explores changes in food value chains and consumption. It further pushes the boundaries of food economics to include economic perspectives on the role of social media and technology such as genomics in shaping food systems.

Offering key insights into the state-of-the-art debates in the field, this Modern Guide will be critical reading for graduate students and researchers of food economics. It will also be a timely book for practitioners in the field wishing to take a fresh look at issues shaping food systems.
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‘Food systems today reflect new technologies in food production and distribution, and consumers’ demand for a broad range of attributes in food. Conditions that promote innovation and enhance information are key to the markets that have emerged. A Modern Guide to Food Economics provides new insights into economic models, data, and analytics for understanding the increasingly complex food environment today.’
– Helen H. Jensen, Iowa State University, US

‘A Modern Guide to Food Economics edited by Jutta Roosen and Jill E. Hobbs will be a must-read for all of us who are working on the topic. The carefully edited book, with contributions from leading scholars, covers the new developments in food economics including food systems, regulatory issues, and more.’
– Justus Wesseler, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

‘The Modern Guide is an excellent collection of essays on the modern state-of-the-art in food economics that is an invaluable resource for researchers, students, and individuals interested in understanding and changing the modern food system.’
– Jayson Lusk, Purdue University, US
Contributors
Contributors: Saleem Alhabash, Beatrice Biondi, Alessandro Bonanno, Metin Çakır, Sara Capacci, Sean B. Cash, Caesar B. Cororaton, Brenna Ellison, Gabriela Fretes, Ellen Goddard, Jill E. Hobbs, Xavier Irz, Anna Josephson, David Just, Leena Lankoski, Chiara Lombardini, Mengyan Ma, Mario Mazzocchi, Jill J. McCluskey, Jeffrey D. Michler, James Mitchell, Mary K. Muth, David Orden, Jutta Roosen, Khadija Rouchdi, Lee Schulz, Sinne Smed, Glynn Tonsor, Jason A. Winfree, David Zilberman
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Contents:

Introduction to A Modern Guide to Food Economics 1
Jutta Roosen and Jill E. Hobbs

PART I CHANGES IN THE FOOD SYSTEM
1 The economics of food systems 7
David Zilberman
2 The supplier–retailer relationship in contemporary food markets 23
Alessandro Bonanno and Metin .akır
3 Product differentiation in food 47
Jill J. McCluskey and Jason A. Winfree
4 Technical regulation of agri-food trade 62
David Orden, Caesar B. Cororaton and Khadija Rouchdi

PART II CHALLENGES WITH REGARD TO
SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTH
5 The economics of the nutrition and sustainable diet transition 89
Xavier Irz and Mario Mazzocchi
6 Health-oriented nutrition policies 113
Jill E. Hobbs and Jutta Roosen
7 The economics of food loss and waste 144
Brenna Ellison and Mary K. Muth
8 Food safety and traceability 170
James Mitchell, Lee Schulz and Glynn Tonsor

PART III DEVELOPMENTS IN METHODS AND DATA
9 Behavioural economics, policy interventions and food 193
David R. Just
10 Discrete choice models and continuous demand systems in the
scanner data age 215
Beatrice Biondi, Sara Capacci and Mario Mazzocchi
11 Recent developments in inference: practicalities for applied
economics
235
Jeffrey D. Michler and Anna Josephson

PART IV NEW ISSUES
12 Who reacts to food taxes? How a multiple-selves model
can help to explain the effects of food taxes 270
Sinne Smed, Chiara Lombardini and Leena Lankoski
13 Food, beverages, and social media: trends and tools
for economic research 297
Sean B. Cash, Saleem Alhabash, Gabriela Fretes and
Mengyan Ma
14 How the use of genomics may continue to influence consumer
behaviour 327
Ellen Goddard

Index 352
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