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

Food and Health Research

The Food and Health Economics programme in Virginia Tech's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics is truly one of a kind, providing an outstanding, interdisciplinary education and research environment.

Currently ranked in the top 20 Applied Economics graduate programmes in the US, the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAEC) at Virginia Tech has gained national and international recognition in its excellency at research, teaching and extension. The faculty has taken leadership roles in specialized areas of Food and Health Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, International Development and Trade, Applied Econometrics, and Rural and Regional Development. 

The latest area of development in AAEC has been the Food and Health Economics programme, which was established in 2007 and forms an integral part of a university-wide obesity cluster hire at Virginia Tech. This special branch of study is led by Drs Wen You and George Davis. While Dr. You's work has been largely economic-based, a great deal of her work has been interdisciplinary and includes teaching graduate level courses in food and health economics and applied microeconometrics. Meanwhile, Dr. Davis is a Professor in the AAEC, and the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. His research interests range from food demand and health outcomes, to econometrics and methodology. Whether working together or separately, both have received several awards for their research and have enjoyed great success in running the programme over the past six years. 

To read more about why Drs. Davis and You are leaders in their field click here.

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.