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Food Policy Evaluation

Animating Questions

  • How can exploring social safety net and farm to institution economics lead to improved public health outcomes, particularly for marginalized populations?
  • Where are gaps in public health policy and practice?
  • How do people experiencing food insecurity cope with those challenges and navigate food systems and social programs?
  • How can we invest differently to effectively address food insecurity?
  • How can the actual food buying/using/disposal behaviors of consumers inform policy decisions?

Projects

Peer Reviewed Research Papers

water tariffs

Virtual water trade: Does bilateral tariff matter?

Rui Chen, Derick T. Adu, Wenying Li, Norbert L.W. Wilson. Virtual water trade: Does bilateral tariff matter? Ecological Economics, 222 (2024) 108216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2024.108216

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Childcare meals

The longitudinal association between caregivers’ perceived competence and autonomy and children’s dietary consumption before and 10 months into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chacón, V., Chung, M., Folta, S. C., Hennessy, E., Macfarlane, H., Roberto, C. A., Tovar, A; Wilson, NLW; Economos, C. D. (2024). The longitudinal association between caregivers’ perceived competence and autonomy and children’s dietary consumption before and 10 months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Appetite, 195, 107205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2024.107205

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Unequal Funding

The distribution of competitive research grants from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture: A comparison of 1862 land grant universities, 1890 land grant universities, and other institutions

Wilson, Norbert; Walters, Lurleen; Wade, Tara; Reynolds, Kenesha. The distribution of competitive research grants from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture: A comparison of 1862 land grant universities, 1890 land grant universities, and other institutions. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, December 15, 2023; 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13413

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Grocery Store

The creation of an online grocery store for experimental purposes: A pilot study

This paper describes the development of an online grocery store that displays actual products, brands, sizes, prices, pictures, and ingredient lists sold in current online grocery stores in the United States.

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Food Labels

The gamification of nutrition labels to encourage healthier food selection in online grocery shopping: A randomized controlled trial

Gamifying nutrition labels may be an effective strategy to improve the nutritional quality of food choices in online grocery stores, but further research is needed.

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Grocery store aisle

Moving policies towards racial and ethnic equality: The case of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Hugo B. Jales, Judith Liu, Norbert L. Wilson. Moving policies towards racial and ethnic equality: The case of the supplemental nutrition assistance program. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 04 May 2023. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajae.12402

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Spanish child at lunch

Changes in Children’s and Adolescents’ Dietary Intake After the Implementation of Chile’s Law of Food Labeling, Advertising and Sales in Schools: A Longitudinal Study

Fretes, G., Corvalán, C., Reyes, M. et al. Changes in children’s and adolescents’ dietary intake after the implementation of Chile’s law of food labeling, advertising and sales in schools: a longitudinal study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 20, 40 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-023-01445-x

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Combatting illegal fishing through transparency initiatives: Lessons learned from comparative analysis of transparency initiatives in seafood, apparel, extractive, and timber supply chains

John Virdin, Tibor Vegh, Blake Ratcliff, Elizabeth Havice, Jack Daly, Jack Stuart. Combatting illegal fishing through transparency initiatives : Lessons learned from comparative analysis of transparency initiatives in seafood, apparel, extractive, and timber supply chains. Marine Policy, Volume 138, 2022, 104984, ISSN 0308-597X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2022.104984.

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food pantry. Photo credit cottonbro via pexels.com

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Food Pantry Use and Barriers in Massachusetts during the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Marriott JP, Fiechtner L, Birk NW, Taitelbaum D, Odoms-Young A, Wilson NL, Clay LA, Zack RM. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Food Pantry Use and Barriers in Massachusetts during the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Nutrients. 2022; 14(12):2531. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14122531

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grocery shopping

Is it more convenient to waste? Trade-offs between grocery shopping and waste behaviors

Ellison, B., Fan, L., & Wilson, N. L. W. (2022). Is it more convenient to waste? trade-offs between grocery shopping and waste behaviors. Agricultural Economics, 00, 1– 15. https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12720

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