The COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Agricultural Economists

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AAEA members present new research virtually at 2021 ASSA Annual Meeting

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In an AAEA virtual session taking place during the Allied Social Science Association’s Annual Meeting entitled “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Insights from Agricultural Economists” authors from multiple universities and from USDA’s Economic Research Service will provide insights into the impact of COVID-19 on the agricultural sector. These four papers cover issues in the U.S. and in Sub-Saharan Africa and from the entire food supply chain, from production agriculture through to food waste.

The organizer of the session, Craig Gundersen from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Managing Editor of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy says, "Agricultural economists have been at the forefront of research into the myriad impacts of this pandemic. To highlight this research, AEPP has commissioned over 20 papers as part of a special issue on COVID-19. This session reflects the breadth and depth of the papers in this special issue.“

Papers in this session:
1. Beef and Pork Gross Marketing Margins during COVID19
Jayson Lusk, Purdue University
Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University
Lee Schulz, Iowa State University

2. Food Loss and Waste in the United States during COVID-19
Norbert Wilson, Duke University
Brenna Ellison, University of Illinois
Brandon McFadden, University of Delaware
Bradley Rickard, Cornell University

3. How is Sub-Saharan Africa Confronting the Tradeoffs in COVID-19 Mitigation Policies?
Valerie Mueller, Arizona State University

4. Farm Workers Still at Work during a Pandemic: Analysis of Nonimmigrant Guest Worker Visa Demand and Worker Housing
Marcelo Castillo, USDA- Economic Research Service
Diane Charlton, Montana State University
Alexandra Hill, Colorado State University

This session will take place on Sunday, January 3, 2021 virtually at 12:15 pm -2:15 pm EST. If you are interested in a complimentary media registration to attend these presentations live please contact Allison Ware in the AAEA Business Office.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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