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Economics and Policy

The Effects of a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax: Consumption, Calorie Intake, Obesity, and Tax Burden by Income

This research examined the impacts of a hypothetical 20 percent effective tax rate on beverage consumption, to address the obesity-caused health and economic burden.

Determinants of Meats Purchase Behavior by Ethnic Groups

This study investigates the impact of ethnicity and the determinants of meats purchase behavior in the U.S. by using single Probit equations.

Agricultural Arbitrage, Adjustment Costs, and the Intensive Margin

Farmland and capital are an important and rapidly expanding component of the agricultural economy, and empirical evidence suggests that these assets are quasi-fixed in that adjustment costs are incurred when holdings are altered.

The Production and Price Impact of Biotech Crops

This paper examines the production effects of the technology and impacts on cereal and oilseed markets through the use of agricultural commodity models.

Fruit production forecasting by neuro-fuzzy techniques

This paper presents a neuro-fuzzy model for forecasting the fruit production of some agriculture products (olives, lemons, oranges, cherries and pistachios). The model utilizes a time series of yearly data.

The Economics of Nested Insurance: The Case of SURE

This paper introduces a theory of nested insurance to evaluate the impact on of SURE on intensification, acreage and adoption. The results suggest that parameters of a government program like SURE may enhance the adoption and value of crop insurance to th

Economic Feasibility of Ethanol Production from Sweet Sorghum Juice in Texas

The economic feasibility of producing ethanol from sweet sorghum juice is projected using Monte Carlo simulation models to estimate the price ethanol plants will likely have to pay for sweet sorghum and the uncertain returns for ethanol plants.

Global agricultural market trends revisited: The roles of energy prices and biofuel production

This paper highlights a discussion on the Agricultural Treadmill and concludes with implications of the authors findings on world food security and policies for sustained alleviation of global nutrition.

Is geographic diversification sufficient to limit contract grower risk?

This article determines whether geographic diversification would be sufficient as a risk management tool for lending institutions to limit their credit risk.

The social, economic and environmental impact from a hypothetical reduction in direct payments in Hungary

Within the context of CAP reform slated to begin in 2013, several Member States have already proposed a significant cutback in direct payments. This paper contends that such measures would have broad and harsh consequences for Hungarian agriculture.