One goal of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program’s 13 Strategic Plan for 2016-2025 is to foster an environment to promote healthy food choices. Claims 14 appearing on food labels represent one aspect of this environment. The FDA has requested 15 interested parties to provide information about consumer understanding of the term “healthy,” an 16 implied nutrient content claim of great interest among consumers and food manufacturers. The 17 purpose of this study is to provide contemporary insights about U.S. consumer attitudes toward 18 regulating the term ‘healthy’ on food labels and consumer opinions about what considerations 19 should determine if foods are labeled ‘healthy.’ We analyze responses by 525 U.S. consumers to 20 an October 2016 online survey whose responses are weighted by income, age and race to be 21 representative of the contemporary U.S. population. We find 73% of respondents agree that the term 22 ‘healthy’ should be regulated by the Federal Government. Respondents’ most highly rated criteria 23 for determining ‘healthy’ foods include whether foods are free of GMOs, contain no artificial 24 ingredients, contain no trans-fat, are high in vitamins and low in saturated fats. No trans-fat was 25 rated statistically more important than low in saturated fat, while low in saturated fat was rated as 26 statistically more important than any of the following: low in all types of fat, low in sugar and low 27 in sodium.
Consumer Criteria for Using Healthy on Food Labels OSU Study 2017
This is the first edition of a new, semi-annual, agricultural outlook report by faculty and staff of AEDE.
An economic and legal evaluation of US trade policy towards China. With Daniel Chow (Moritz College of Law, Ohio State) and William McGuire (University of Washington Tacoma)
"The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Seed Technology Transfer through Trade: Evidence from U.S. Field Crop Seed Exports"
Evaluation of effects of intellectual property rights on U.S. seed exports. With Minyu Zhou (Discover) and Jihyun Eum (Bank of Korea).
We build a novel stochastic dynamic regional integrated assessment model (IAM) of the climate and economic system including a number of important climate science elements that are missing in most IAMs. These elements are spatial heat transport from the Equator to the Poles, sea level rise, permafrost thaw and tipping points. We study optimal policies under cooperation and various degrees of competition between regions. Our results suggest that when the elements of climate science which are accounted for in this paper are ignored, important policy variables such as the social cost of carbon...
Dinterman, R., and A.L. Katchova. "Tax Incidence on Rented Agricultural Land." Working Paper, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University, 2018.
Katchova, A.L. and R. Dinterman. “Evaluating Financial Stress and Performance of Beginning Farmers during the Agricultural Downturn.” Agricultural Finance Review 78(2018). https://doi.org/10.1108/AFR-08-2017-0074
Dinterman, R., A.L. Katchova, and J.M. Harris. “Financial Stress and Farm Bankruptcies in U.S. Agriculture.” Agricultural Finance Review 78(2018). https://doi.org/10.1108/AFR-05-2017-0030
This report provides projections for 2018 for the CAUV values of all soil types in Ohio enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Value Program (CAUV).
In the context of the economic logic of GATT/WTO, analysis of what might be driving US trade policy.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization, DOI: 10.1515/jafio-2017-0035. Jihyun Eum, Ian Sheldon and Stan Thompson. Article focuses on estimation of trade costs using a neo-Ricardian model.