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Julie A. Caswell
Professor

Photo of Julie CaswellMy work focuses on understanding the operation of domestic and international food systems, analyzing how well they work, and evaluating how government policy affects their operation and performance. My particular interest is in the economics of food quality, especially the quality attributes of safety and nutrition. How are markets for food safety and nutrition developing given increased consumer demand for safer, more nutritious products; manufacturers and retailers' efforts to meet this demand; and increased regulatory activity by national governments to assure food quality? I am also interested in the economics of certification, traceability, and labeling for quality attributes. Examples of my work include how to prioritize the importance of different foodborne risks, whether regulatory programs such as preventative controls requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act will enhance food safety at a reasonable cost, how benefit and risk information can be balanced and effectively communicated to consumers, and how international trade agreements influence food quality.

Recent Publications

Economics of Food Quality

Caswell, Julie A. 2013. Development of Risk-Based Food Safety Systems for Foodborne Infections and Intoxications. In Foodborne Infections and Intoxications, 4th Edition, ed. J. Glenn Morris and Morris Potter, 53-64. London: Elsevier Inc.

Caswell, Julie A. 2013. Challenges in Choosing the Mix of Public and Private Standards for Food Quality Assurance. In The Federal Policy Role in Today’s Food and Agricultural Markets, ed. Walter J. Armbruster and Ronald D. Knutson, 227-247. Springer Publishing.

Rouvière, Elodie and Julie A. Caswell. From Punishment to Prevention: A French Case Study of the Introduction of Co-Regulation in Enforcing Food Safety. Food Policy 37 (3):246-254.

Ruzante, Juliana Martins, Valerie J. Davidson, Julie A. Caswell, Aamir Fazil, John A.L. Cranfield, Spencer J. Henson, Sven M. Anders, Claudia Schmidt, and Jeffrey M. Farber. 2010. A Multifactorial Risk Prioritization Framework for Foodborne Pathogens. Risk Analysis 30 (5):724-742.

Economics of Food Certification, Traceability, and Labeling

Caswell, Julie A. and Kathryn A. Boys. A New Mix of Private and Public: How Well Might the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act Work? Invited Presentation to be made at the annual meeting of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia, February 2014.

Joseph, Siny, Nathalie Lavoie, and Julie A. Caswell. In Press. Implementing COOL: Comparative Welfare Effects of Different Labeling Schemes. Food Policy.

Joseph, Siny, Nathalie Lavoie, and Julie A. Caswell. COOL Effect on U.S. Shrimp Trade. Selected paper presented at the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Washington, DC, August 2013.

Caswell, Julie A. and Kathryn Boys. The Industrial Organization of Food Certification. Invited Paper Presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Orlando, Florida, February 2013.

Caswell, Julie A. 2013. Challenges in Choosing the Mix of Public and Private Standards for Food Quality Assurance. In The Federal Policy Role in Today’s Food and Agricultural Markets, ed. Walter J. Armbruster and Ronald D. Knutson, 227-247. Springer Publishing.

Galli, Francesca, Anna Carbone, Julie A. Caswell, and Alessandro Sorrentino. 2011. A Multi-Criteria Approach to Assessing PDOs/PGIs: An Italian Pilot Study. International Journal of Food System Dynamics 2 (3):219-236.

Caswell, Julie A. and Sven Anders. 2011. Private vs. Third Party vs. Government Labeling. In The Handbook of the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy, ed. Jayson Lusk, Jutta Rosen, and Jason Shogren, pp. 472-498. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Johnecheck, Wendy A., Parke E. Wilde, and Julie A. Caswell. 2010. Market and Welfare Impacts of COOL on the US-Mexican Tomato Trade. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 35 (3):503-521.

Souza Monteiro, Diogo M. and Julie A. Caswell. 2010. Economics of Traceability in Multi-Ingredient Food Chains. Agribusiness 26 (1):122-142.

Impacts of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Regulations on International Trade in Food Products

Anders, Sven M. and Julie A. Caswell. 2009. Standards-as-Barriers versus Standards-as-Catalysts: Assessing the Impact of HACCP Implementation on U.S. Seafood Imports. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91 (2):310-321.

Todd, Ewen and Julie A. Caswell. 2008. Role of Programs Designed to Improve the Microbiological Safety of Imported Food. In Imported Foods: Microbiological Issues and Challenges, ed. Michael P. Doyle and Marilyn C. Erickson, pp. 209-254. Washington, DC: ASM Press.

Caswell, Julie A. and Siny Joseph. 2008. Consumer Demand for Quality: Major Determinant for Agricultural and Food Trade in the Future? Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development 4 (1):99-116.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Yaktine, Ann L. and Julie A. Caswell. In Press. SNAP Benefits: Can an Adequate Benefit be Defined? Advances in Nutrition.

Caswell, Julie A. and Ann L. Yaktine, eds. 2013. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Examining the Evidence to Define Benefit Adequacy. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.

AAEA Presidential Address 2013

Caswell, Julie A. 2014. In Press. Certifying the Quality of Agricultural and Applied Economics. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96 (2).

Recent Activities

My teaching activities focus on the use of economic analysis to understand the food system and industries. In our undergraduate program, my Hunger in a Global Economy class explores the likely future balance worldwide between a fast growing population and possibly slower growing food supply. I also teach the Life is Full of Choices Integrated Experience Seminar for Resource Economics majors. In our graduate program, I team-teach courses focusing on the use of industrial organization economics to analyze the operation of the food system. I have taught graduate courses in the economics of food safety and competition policy in Italy, Poland, Brazil, and Spain.

In my outreach activities, I work with federal agencies, international organizations, and groups of researchers to produce economic analysis of the benefits and costs of government regulatory programs and private quality control programs for food products. This work includes consultations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Academies, U.S. General Accounting Office, Congressional Research Service, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. I have participated in research on the economics of food safety conducted for the United Kingdom Food Standards Agency, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Health Canada.

223 Stockbridge Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
(413)545-5735
caswell "at" resecon.umass.edu

President, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Fellow, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity Award

“She Watches What We Eat: UMass Professor Discusses Strategies for Making the Food Supply as Safe as Possible.” Boston Globe.

Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, 2009

Distinguished Faculty
Lecture Series and Recipient of Chancellor's Medal, University of Massachusetts

CFNR Outstanding Teacher