Jayson L. Lusk, Jutta Roosen and Jason F. Shogren

in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199569441
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics


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This introductory article starts by discussing the importance of food for human life, culture, and civilization. Although research on food demand and consumption has been active for a few decades, the article states, there are presently few resources to which someone can turn as a basic reference on the economics of food consumption and policy that covers specificities of theories and methods related to the study of food consumers and covers issues in food demand and policy. This book is meant to fill that gap. This article finally outlines the main parts in the book which are divided into theory and methods, food policy, and topics and applications.

Keywords: food; human life; culture; food demand; food consumption; food consumers; food policy

Article.  1044 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Agricultural, Environmental, and Natural Resource Economics ; Microeconomics

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