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Panel Price Indices for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and Implications for Business and Public Policies

Principal Investigator

Metin Cakir

Department and College

Department of Applied Economics in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

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Project Start and End Date

October 1, 2017-September 30, 2020

Project Summary

In my experiment station research project, I focus on the estimation of temporal and spatial changes in fresh fruit and vegetable prices in the United States in order to evaluate their implications for contemporary business and public policies. My research has two components each pertaining to a highly debated and important subject. The first is a study of the value of the fruit and vegetable voucher (FVV) in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Specifically, this research investigates how the value of the WIC FVV has changed over time and over space since its inception in 2009 and provides potential policy options. In this study, I collaborate with Tim Beatty (University of California, Davis), Michael Boland (University of Minnesota), Tim Park (Economic Research Service, USDA), and Samantha Snyder (Macalester College).

The second is a study of price premiums for organic fresh fruits and vegetables in the United States in order to understand their impact on the growth of organic farming, processing, and retailing. In this study, I collaborate with Tim Beatty (UC Davis), Michael Boland (University of Minnesota), and Tim Park (Economic Research Service, USDA).