Introduction: Essays in Honor of Wallace Huffman

Introduction: Essays in Honor of Wallace Huffman

Peter F. OrazemIowa State UniversityGreg TraxlerUniversity of WashingtonNicholas KalaitzandonakesUniversity of Missouri This introduction relates how Wallace Huffman went from a farm boy in southern Iowa to Iowa State University and the University of Chicago, and then brought the human capital approach of…

Eighty Years of Research on Rural Economic Development, Agglomeration, Migration, Commuting, Income, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: The Iowa State Human Capital Tradition

Eighty Years of Research on Rural Economic Development, Agglomeration, Migration, Commuting, Income, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: The Iowa State Human Capital Tradition

Georgeanne M. ArtzIowa State UniversityInsoo ChoYork CollegeZizhen GuoWuhan UniversityYounjun KimUniversity of NebraskaPeter F. OrazemIowa State UniversityLi YuCentral University of Finance and Economics Wallace Huffman continued the tradition of research on Midwest rural labor markets at Iowa State University that was begun in…

The Impact of Maternal Occupation and Pre-Pregnancy Weight Status on Childhood Obesity

The Impact of Maternal Occupation and Pre-Pregnancy Weight Status on Childhood Obesity

Jessica SchuringCentral College Matched mother/child data from the 2008 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth are used to estimate how child, maternal, and household characteristics—including the mother’s occupation and pre-pregnancy weight status—affect the probability of childhood obesity. The results suggest that a mother…

Mechanized Agriculture: Machine Adoption, Farm Size, and Labor Displacement

Mechanized Agriculture: Machine Adoption, Farm Size, and Labor Displacement

Andrew Schmitz and Charles B. MossUniversity of Florida Mechanization in such countries as the United States and Canada has dramatically reshaped the agricultural landscape since the time of early settlement. The introduction of new technologies— such as the mechanical tomato harvester, grain…

Why do US Corn Yields Increase? The Contributions of Genetics, Agronomy, and Policy Instruments

Why do US Corn Yields Increase? The Contributions of Genetics, Agronomy, and Policy Instruments

Stephen Smith and Brad KurtzDuPont Pioneer Much of the future quality of life will depend upon improved abilities to sustainably increase agricultural production while maintaining eco-system services and supporting conservation of natural diversity. Some lessons for the future reside in an improved…

The Loss from Underutilizing GM Technologies

The Loss from Underutilizing GM Technologies

David Zilberman and Scott KaplanUniversity of California, BerkeleyJustus WesselerWageningen University This article introduces a framework based on a real-option approach to assess the economics of delaying the introduction of genetically modified (GM) technologies in agriculture due to concerns about their unintended effects…

Testing the Induced Innovation Hypothesis: Accounting for Innovation Creation and Innovation Implementation Incentives

Testing the Induced Innovation Hypothesis: Accounting for Innovation Creation and Innovation Implementation Incentives

C. Richard Shumway, Benjamin W. Cowan, and Daegoon LeeWashington State University Despite extensive empirical literature on the induced innovation hypothesis in US agriculture, this article reports only the second set of tests for this industry that account for supply as well as…

Fifteen Years of Experimental Auctions of GM Foods: What Have We Learned about Policy, Preferences, and Auction Design?

Fifteen Years of Experimental Auctions of GM Foods: What Have We Learned about Policy, Preferences, and Auction Design?

Matthew C. RousuSusquehanna University It was a coincidence that GM foods became ubiquitous at the same time that researchers started using experimental auctions to study consumer preferences for food products. We explore the history of experimental auctions used to study GM food…

Consumer Preferences, Ecolabels, and Effects of Negative Environmental Information

Consumer Preferences, Ecolabels, and Effects of Negative Environmental Information

Xianwen Chen, Frode Alfnes, and Kyrre RickertsenNorwegian University of Life Sciences Consumers prefer ecolabeled products. However, little is known about the effects of ecolabels when consumers are simultaneously exposed to negative environmental information about the ecolabeled products. We conducted a stated choice…