Working Papers

Proceedings from past workshops of the Cal/Med Consortium.

Public Funding for Research into Specialty Crops (pdf, 342kb)
This paper considers public funding for R&D directed to specialty crops. Specific questions to be addressed include whether R&D for specialty crops has been underfunded, both in absolute terms and relative to other crops and agriculture more generally.
Authors: Julian M. Alston and Philip G. Pardey

EU Market Access for Mediterranean Fruit and Vegetables: A Gravity Model Assessment (doc, 457kb)
This paper uses a gravity model to measure the extent that protection influences trade for fruit and vegetables in Mediterranean countries compared to other countries, and the impact that greater trade liberalization in fruit and vegetables between the EU and Mediterranean countries would have.
Authors: Charlotte Emlinger, Emmanuelle Chevassus Lozza and Florence Jacque

tAgricultural Trade Liberalization in the Mediterranean Region: A Complex and Uneven Process (doc, 666kb)
This paper provides an overview of the current negotiations and their status. It addresses three main questions: what are the main components of trade liberalization in the Mediterranean region?; What are the economic stakes involved in that process and how can they be assessed?; and what is the likely future of this liberalization process?
Author: Michel Petit

Modelling Euro-Mediterranean Agricultural Trade (pdf, 480kb)
This paper examines the methodological problems to define a modelling approach to assess the impact of full or limited bilateral liberalisation of agricultural trade flows in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Authors: Jose-Maria Garcia-Alvarez-Coque, Victor Martinez-Gomez and Miquel Villanueva

The Negotiations on Agriculture in the Doha Development Agenda Round: Current Status and Future Prospects (html)
The paper briefly discusses developments in the negotiations on agriculture in the WTO Doha Development Agenda Round from January 2000 to September 2005 and identifies the main elements to be considered when speculating on the outcome of the Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong.
Authors: Giovanni Anania and Jean-Christophe Bureau

Public Regulation as a Substitute for Trust in Quality Food Markets: What if the Trust Substitute cannot be Fully Trusted? (pdf, 347kb)
This paper presents an analysis of the decisions of producers and consumers of a credence good in three institutional scenarios, which reflect different levels of credibility of the regulation providing consumers with a substitute for the trust they lack and, consequently, different levels of trust consumers place in the quality of the product.
Authors: Giovanni Anania and Rosanna Nisticò

Policy Vision for Sustainable Rural Economies in an Enlarged Europe (pdf, 211kb)
The approach followed in this paper is to start with a vision for a desirable and sustainable agricultural and rural policy for an enlarged Europe in about 25 years from now and in a second step to spell out in broad terms how it might be put in place.
Authors: West European Working Group and the Délégation à l’Aménagement du Territoire et à l’Action Régionale (DATAR)

Does 7 to 9 a day pay? The Economic Benefits to Fruit and Vegetable Industries Should People Consume the USDA Recommendations (pdf, 264kb)
This article estimates the economic impact on fruit and vegetable industries in the U.S. from an increase in consumption to levels recommended in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005. This study represents the first attempt to quantify the effect on growers who could expect to gain from such an increase.
Authors: Karen M. Jetter, James A. Chalfant, and Daniel A. Sumner

Domestic Support and Border Measures for Processed Horticultural Products: Analysis of EU Tomato Protection and Subsidies
(pdf, 379kb)
This study examines, specifically, the effects of domestic support applied to a non-traded farm-produced commodity together with border measures applied to value-added products in the processed tomato industry.
Authors: Bradley J. Rickard and Daniel A. Sumner

EU Support of its Processing Tomato Industry and the Competitive Consequences for California (pdf, 77kb)
This article models and measures the impacts on global markets and on the California industry of potential reductions of import barriers and subsidies established for the processing tomato industry in the European Union.
Authors: Bradley J. Rickard and Daniel A. Sumner

Mediterranean Agriculture in the Global Marketplace: A Project Comparing Policy Approaches in California and the Southern EU States
(pdf, 768kb)
This project explores the similarities and the differences in the policies influencing the market for five key Mediterranean commodities. The commodities are olives (including table olives and olive oil), grapes (including table grapes, wine and raisins), tree-nuts (primarily almonds), citrus (primarily oranges), and tomatoes (including fresh and canned tomatoes).
Authors: Lee Ann Patterson and Tim Josling

Traceability, Liability, and Incentives for Food Safety and Quality (pdf, 96kb)
This paper provides information about suppliers that allows application of liability for food safety or other product quality problems.
Authors: Daniel A. Sumner and Sébastian Pouliot

Bee-conomics and the Leap in Pollination Fees (pdf, 412kb)
According to entemologists and other experts, pollinators available to service California agriculture has fallen steadily. At the same time, demand for pollination services has risen. This article examines the forces behind these market adjustments and some of the consequences for California agriculture.
Authors: Daniel A. Sumner and Hayley Boriss

Marketing Profile of Important California Commodities
This website contains short industry profiles on important California commodities with an emphasis on production, marketing, consumption, value added, trade and price trends for these commodities in the last one to two decades.

Evaluation of Quality Testing for California Pistachios
(pdf, 133kb)
This study discusses the economic rational for an industry's collective action and presents the federal marketing order for California pistachio as an example. It further details the process and requirements for establishing of a marketing order.
Authors: Julian M. Alston, Henrich Brunke, Richard S. Gray, and Daniel A. Sumner.
Chapter 14 in H. Kaiser, J.M. Alston, J. Crespi, and R.J. Sexton (eds). Commodity Promotion Programs in California : Economic Evaluation and Legal Issues. Peter Lang Publishing (2004 in press).  

Industry-Mandated Testing to Improve Food Safety: the New US Marketing Order for Pistachios
(pdf, 79kb)
This study investigates the federal marketing order and outlines how collective action in the form of a marketing order can serve as a useful tool to ensure a safe food product and increase benefits to producers and consumers.
Authors: Henrich Brunke, Julian M. Alston, Richard S. Gray, and Daniel A. Sumner.
German Journal of Agricultural Economics. Special Issue on Food Quality, Incomplete Consumer Information and the Role of Markets and the State. (2004 in press).  

An Economic Survey of the Wine and Winegrape Industry in the United States and Canada. (pdf, 145kb)
Paper by Daniel A. Sumner , Helene Bombrun, Julian M. Alston, and Dale Heien
Revised draft December 2, 2001  

The Agricultural Issues Center's Winegrape Outlook Workshop III
This site contains papers and abstracts from the workshop held in Oakville , California , October 25, 2000 .  

Contracts, Quality, and Industrialization in Agriculture: Hypotheses and Empirical Analysis of the California Winegrape Industry
Paper by Rachael E. Goodhue, Dale M. Heien, Hyunok Lee and Daniel A. Sumner, revised December 25, 2000 .  

Economic Impact of Eutypa on the California Wine Grape Industry
(pdf, 104kb)
Appendix 1 (pdf) Appendix 2 and 3 (pdf)
Draft report by Jerome B. Siebert that estimates the economic impact of Eutypa which is one of the most common canker diseases of grapevines in California. September 15, 2000 .  

German Wineries on the Web: A Survey of Web Sites of Mosel-Saar-Ruwer and Pfalz Wineries
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Paper by A. Bernert and S. Stricker that reports results of a survey of web sites by wineries from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer and Pfalz regions in Germany.  

Wine on the Web - Rapid Appraisal of Web Sites by Wineries and Wine Merchants from Australia, California, and Germany
(pdf, 36kb)
Paper by Susanne Stricker, Rolf A.E. Mueller, and Daniel A. Sumner, submitted for the 75th European Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economics, 2001.

Economic Consequences of European Union Processing Tomato Subsidies (pdf, 375kb)
Daniel A. Sumner, Bradley J. Rickard, and David S. Hart analyze the impacts of EU processed tomato industry export subsidies, import barriers, and domestic subsidies on EU producers, consumers and taxpayers and on processed tomato market participants outside the EU.

Agricultural Issues Center (AIC) Wine and Winegrape Research
This webpage provides results from AIC research on wine and winegrapes as well as related work by other individuals.

Ex ante Economics of Exotic Disease Policy: Citrus Canker in California
Draft paper by Karen M. Jetter, Daniel A. Sumner and Edwin L. Civerolo, prepared for presentation at the Conference: “Integrating Risk Assessment and Economics for Regulatory Decisions,” USDA, Washington, DC, December 7, 2000.

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