Type: Public event

Understanding the Economic Concepts and Characteristics of Food Access

Date & time

Sep 22, 2023, 10:13 pm EDT

Jointly sponsored by the National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan and the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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8:00 - 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:30 -  8:45 AM
Welcome & Introduction
Sheldon Danziger, University of Michigan

8:45 - 9:15 AM
Overview of USDA Research on Food Access
Shelly Ver Ploeg, USDA Economic Research Service

9:15 - 10:00 AM
An Economic View of Food Deserts in the United States
Steven J. Haider, Michigan State University
Marianne Bitler, University of California, Irvine

10:00 - 11:15 AM


Measuring Food Access in Urban Areas
Kathryn M. Neckerman, Michael Bader, Marnie Purciel, and Paulette Yousefzadeh, Columbia University

Deserts in New Orleans? Illustrations of Urban Food Access and Implications for Policy
Donald Diego Rose, Tulane University

Discussant:  Tom DeLeire, University of Wisconsin

11:15 - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM-12:45 PM
Alternative Measures of Food Deserts: Fruitful Options or Empty Cupboards?
Jessie Fan, Lori Kowaleski-Jones, Cathleen D. Zick, Ken R. Smith, Barbara Brown, and Ikuho Yamada, University of Utah

Obesity in Urban Food Markets: Evidence from Georeferenced Micro Data
Susan E. Chen, Raymond J.G.M. Florax, and Samantha D. Snyder, Purdue University

Discussant:  Parke Wilde, Tufts University

12:45 - 1:45 PM

1:45 - 3:00 PM
Characteristics of Potential Spatial Access to a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables in a Large Rural Area
Joseph R. Sharkey, Texas A&M University

Finding Food Deserts: Methodology and Measurement of Food Access in Portland, Oregon
Andrea L. Sparks, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Neil Bania and Laura Leete, University of Oregon

Discussant:  Marie-Soleil Cloutier, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Urbanisation Culture Société

3:00 – 3:30 PM
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