2016 Review

2016 has been a busy year.  I've had the pleasure to serve as president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), continue the Food Demand Survey (FooDS), travel to Australia, Alabama, Montana, California, DC, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Georgia, and New York just to name a few, advise several graduate students who graduated, keep up a regular stream of research with 11 articles published in peer reviewed journals (and 10 more already forthcoming for 2017), publish articles in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and give several radio and podcast interviews (including on one of my favorites - Econ Talk). My latest book Unnaturally Delicious was also released this year. 

Here on the blog, there were about 150 posts this year garnering about 82,000 page views in 2016.  Here are a few of the most viewed posts of the year.

  • Real world demand curves (in which I take issue with the claim in a Freakonomics podcasts that economists have never observed a "real world" demand curve)
  • New York Times on GMOs (critiques an article by Danny Hakim in the New York Times on effects of GMOs) 
  • Country of Origin Labeling and cattle prices (this post analyzes the claim that the repeal of mandatory country of origin labeling caused a big drop in cattle prices)
  • 11 things to know about GMOs (points to a short OSU facts sheet I wrote with Eric and Cheryl Devuyst answering some commonly asked questions about GMOs)
  • What do cows want? (this post applies the economic concept of "revealed preferences" to the study of animal welfare)
  • Changes in meat consumption (proves some economic explanations for recent changes in meat consumption)
  • New research on the Berkeley soda tax (this post discusses some research on the effects of the soda tax in Berkeley suggesting consumption changes may not have resulted from the effects of a price change per se; see also this previous post)
  • False beliefs about food stamps (in this post, I covered a paper by Craig Gundersen which debunks several widely held beliefs about the effects of SNAP)
  • What is going on in your brain? (here I review the findings of a paper I co-authored on neuro-economics and food choice forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization)
  • Trade matters (highlights the importance of trade for U.S. agriculture)
  • Evolution of American agriculture (provides statistics on changes in US agriculture over time and introduces a paper about the USDA I wrote for the Mercatus center)

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