Aaron J. Staples

PhD Student & Research Assistant in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University

MS in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University

BA in Economics from Westfield State University

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Graduate Student Section Chair

My Research Interests

Food Systems

How does food get from the farm to your table? Food value chains are flexible, intricate, interstate systems. I enjoy exploring various complexities in agricultural value chains and aspire to contribute to improving the safety, reliability, and resiliency of our food systems.     

Behavioral Economics

Behavioral economics incorporates psychology into economic theory, explaining the underlying biases and heuristics driving consumer decision making. By incorporating behavior and institutions into our thinking, we can see how failing to account for these implicit tendencies can lead to critical inefficiencies throughout the system.

Food Regulations and Policy

To understand food supply chains, it is necessary to study the formal institutions creating policy and enforcing regulations with the system. I am interested in the economics of food law, ranging from the benefits of protecting consumer health to the unintended consequences such as limiting entrepreneurship and restricting economic growth.

Curriculum Vitae



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