George Davis and Wen You, AAEc; studio illustration; prepartion for meals in food assistance programs

Food and Health Research

The Virginia Tech Food and Health Economics program was established in 2007 as part of a university-wide obesity research hire. Topics of interest in this cluster have grown significantly and now encompass food intake and time allocation; the distribution of drugs and vaccines to control the spread of infectious diseases; cancer prevention and oncology; and obesity. Our world-class health and nutrition economists have developed research programs that evaluate economic and socioeconomic outcomes in these areas through population simulations, individual choice modeling, and nonmarket valuation. Working with graduate students, our health economists not only produce unique research findings, but also prepare students to become esteemed researchers in the process.

Learn more about the leaders in food and health economics at Virginia Tech.

Recent Publications

AAEC Faculty and Graduate Students Title and Publication Name
Wen You (2016). “The Influence of School Nutrition Program on the Weight of Low-Income Children: A Treatment Effect Analysis.” Health Economics. doi: 10.1002/hec.3378.
George Davis

Food and Nutrition Economics: Fundamentals for Health SciencesOxford University Press. 2016

George Davis

Elementary Parent Perceptions of Packing Lunches and the National School Lunch Program.”  The Journal of Child Nutrition and Management. Vol. 40. No. 1. Spring 2016.

Kevin Boyle 2016.  "Value of Genetic Incidental Findings Related to Cancer Causing Genes." American Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 4 (3): 44-50.
Kevin Boyle Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors’ Valuation of Post-Treatment Recommended Care.” Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (doi:10.1089/jayao.2016.0054).
Achla Marathe Effect of Modeling Slum Populations on Influenza Spread in Delhi. BMJ Open, 2016.
Achla Marathe "Fairness versus Efficiency of Vaccine Allocation Strategies." Value in health : the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. 2015;18(2):278–283.
Wen You, Bradford Mills, Jeffrey Alwang, Di Zeng* “A Closer Look at the Rural-Urban Health Disparities: Insights from Four Major Diseases in the Commonwealth of Virginia” Social Science & Medicine 140(2015): 62-68. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.07.011.