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LSU College of Agriculture Professors, Master’s Graduate Honored by Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association

07/18/2013 12:00 PM

BATON ROUGE – Three professors in the LSU College of Agriculture, as well as a recent master’s graduate, were recently honored by Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, or NAREA, during its 2013 annual meeting in Ithaca, N.Y., June 23-25.


Patrick Hatzenbuehler, who received his master’s degree in agricultural economics from LSU in 2010, along with LSU Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Professor Jeffery Gillespie and Class of 1941 Alumni Professor in the School of Human Ecology Carol O’Neil, were recognized for their contribution to the association’s journal, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, or ARER. Their article, “Does Healthy Food Cost More in Poor Neighborhoods? An Analysis of Retail Food Cost and Spatial Competition,” was as selected as the 2012 Outstanding ARER Journal Article.


In the article, which was based on Hatzenbuehler’s research for his master’s thesis at LSU, the organization of the Baton Rouge retail food industry was analyzed to determine whether spatial competition influenced the cost and availability of food items. Using a spatial competition gravity variable, the costs of two separate market baskets were analyzed in January 2009, and the factors influencing spatial competition were determined. Store type – chain or supercenter – was found to be the most significant determinant of food costs, validating findings of past studies. Although food was not found to be more expensive in low-income areas, the research results suggest that residents in low-income and rural areas have disincentives to purchase affordable, available healthy food due to the spatial organization of their local food market.


Hatzenbuehler is currently enrolled in the agricultural economics doctoral program at Purdue University.


In addition, Ashok Mishra, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, was chosen as a member of the inaugural class of ARER Fellows.


In 2012, the NAREA Board of Directors established the ARER Fellows award for authors who have demonstrated sustained excellence in research and commitment to the association’s journal. The award is given to authors who have published five or more peer-reviewed articles in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review or under the journal’s former name, Journal of the Northeastern Agricultural Economics Council. This group of ARER Fellows represents less than 1 percent of the total number of authors who have published in these journals.


Mishra conducts research and teaching activities conducts research in public policy, finance, household and labor economics. He has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed journals, 10 book chapters and delivered more than 140 presentations at national and international conferences.


NAREA is a professional association of agricultural and resource economists founded in 1981 that is affiliated with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. The purpose of NAREA is to stimulate and promote education and research on economic and social problems related to the production, marketing and consumption of agricultural products; natural resource use; the environment, and rural economic development; and the interrelation of the agricultural and rural sectors with the rest of the economy. The association currently has more than 200 members. While many members live and work in the Northeast U.S. and Maritime Provinces of Canada, the association membership now includes agricultural and resource economists from all over the world. The association publishes the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and holds an annual meeting in June of each year. The board of directors meets twice a year – at the annual June meeting and again in the fall. For more information, visit

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