First Joint EAAE / AAEA Seminar (115th EAAE Seminar) on "The Economics of Food, Food Choice and Health"

From September 15 to September 17, 2010 the members of the DFG funded ‘Network on the Economics of Food Choice and Health’ organized the 1st joint EAAE / AAEA Seminar (115th EAAE Seminar) on "The Economics of Food, Food Choice and Health". The seminar took place at the Technische Universität München Freising, Germany. Altogether 120 participants from 22 countries attended this international scientific event. As a main topic the participants discussed the influence of and interactions between food choices of consumers, supply of the food industry as well as governmental regulations and their impact on consumers’ health. The conference aimed at the development of strategies to combat the various forms of malnutrition and food safety hazards. Furthermore, the influences of market adjustments and governmental interventions were discussed. The seminar was the first joint seminar of both associations the EAAE and the AAEA seminar. Certainly, this collaboration is a great opportunity as it helps to face current research questions within the areas of food markets and food consumption from the perspective of researchers with different nationalities.
Following the call for papers with submission deadline of March 31, 2010, 150 abstracts had been submitted. These were evaluated in a double-blind peer review process with the help of the international program committee, chaired and supported by several network members. 99 papers could be accepted, which corresponds to an acceptance rate of about 68%.
Ultimately, 91 technical papers were presented on three days, of which three papers were invited for a keynote speech. David Just, Associate Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, gave a keynote talk on "Food marketers and consumers: Implications of Rationality Asymmetries for food choice and Health “. Egon Peter Köster, Professor Emeritus of Experimental Psychology, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands gave the second keynote presentation on "Perception, memory and motivation: Their role in everyday food choice and eating and drinking behavior." The third keynote presentation was given by Kyrre Rickertsen, Professor of Economics, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway on the topic "Effects of a tax reform designed to Encourage a healthier diet."