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.

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Recent Publications

AAEC Faculty and Graduate Students(*) Title and Publication Name
Wen You, George Davis, Yanliang Yang*
Measuring Food Expenditure Poverty in SNAP Populations: Some Extensions with an Application to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, , ppy004,
Wen You, George Davis Estimating Dual Headed Time in Food Production with Implications for SNAP Benefit Adequacy,” Review of Economics of the Household, 2018, DOI 10.1007/s11150-018-9403-7.
George Davis

Change is Good!? Analyzing the Relationship Between Attention and Nutrition Facts Panel Modifications.”  Food Policy.  Vol. 73. (Dec. 2017): 119-130.

Achla Marathe (2017) Epidemiological and economic impact of pandemic influenza in Chicago: Priorities for vaccine interventions. PLoS Comput Biol 13(6): e1005521. 
Achla Marathe Semantic Network Analysis of Vaccine Sentiment in Online Social Media. Vaccine, vol. 35, no. 29, pp. 36213638, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.05.052; PMID: 28554500
Achla Marathe Combining Participatory Influenza Surveillance with Modeling and Forecasting: Three Alternative Approaches. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2017;3(4):e83.
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

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).
Susan Chen (2016). Consumer Shopping Strategies and Prices Paid in Retail Food Markets. Journal of Consumer Affairs doi:10.1111/joca.12098.
Susan Chen (2015). Too Busy to Eat with Kids: Parental Work and Children’s Eating. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 37(3).