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About Julie Caswell

My 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 Hazard Analysis at Critical Control Points (HACCP) 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.


Present Professor, Department of Resource Economics, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Griffin Publishing Company Women of Influence in the Food Industry
  • 2011 Fellow, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
  • 2011 Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity Award
  • 2009 Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2005 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, University of Massachusetts
  • 2005 Recipient of Chancellor's Medal, University of Massachusetts
  • 2002 Certificate of Achievement for Outsta nding Research Contributions, College of Food and Natural Resources, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 1997 Distinguished Member Award, North eastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association
  • 1992 Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Fo od and Natural Resources, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Contact Information

215 Stockbridge Hall
80 Campus Center Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Tel: 413-545-5735


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