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Arizona State and Local Government Documents Collection


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1998 2006

Many public programs promote diets rich in fruits and vegetables based on evidence on the derived health benefits. Sill, produce consumption in the U.S. lags behind other nations, even its most culturally similar neighbor–Canada. This study uses a structural latent variable model to test the role quality and health information play in explaining observed differences in produce consumption. The Alchian-Allen effect predicts that higher quality, higher absolute margin produce will be exported, suggesting that quality may be an important demand factor in importing nations such as Canada. The results show that dietary health information is significant in expanding demands. Quality ...

Contributors
Richards, Timothy James, Patterson, Paul Malcolm, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management
Created Date
2004-07

This paper develops and implements an import allocation model based on Theil's system-wide approach to demand and tests the assumptions of blockwise dependence and uniform substitutability among different sources and types of wheat imported by Japan.

Contributors
Schmitz, Troy Gordon, Wahl, Thomas I., Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management
Created Date
1998-08

Proposals for reform of the federal multiple-peril crop insurance program for specialty crops seek to change fees for catastrophic insurance from a nominal fifty-dollar per contract registration fee to an actuarially sound premium. Growers argue that this would cause a significant reduction in participation rates, thus impeding the program’s goals of eventually obviating the need for ad hoc disaster payments and worsening the actuarial soundness of the program. The key policy issue is, therefore, empirical one - whether the demand for specialty crop insurance is elastic or inelastic. Previous studies of this issue using either grower or county-level field crop ...

Contributors
Richards, Timothy James, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management
Created Date
1998

“Commodity promotion” consists of many activities, each designed to contribute to a consumer’s product knowledge or influence tastes. However, both knowledge and tastes are unobservable, or latent, variables influencing demand. This paper specifies a dynamic structural model of fresh fruit demand that treats promotion and other socioeconomic variables as "causal" variables influencing these latent variables. Estimating this state-space model using a Kalman filter approach provides estimates of both the system parameters and a latent variable series. The results show that these latent effects contribute positively to apple and other fruit consumption, while reducing banana consumption.

Contributors
Richards, Timothy James, Gao, X. M., Patterson, Paul Malcolm, et al.
Created Date
1998-06

In the “Attacking Global Barriers” or “Phoenix Project”, the Royal Agricultural College and Arizona State University East are working together to insure we have an exciting future in the food management area. This abstract outlines the progress of the Phoenix Project and updates IAMA on the Second Congress of the Phoenix Group. The “Attacking Global Barriers” project focuses on educational and academic issues, and impediments to student movement in the academic year 1998/99. It updates earlier reports to IAMA and gives an overview of the first and second congresses with the American and European Universities

Contributors
Thor, Eric P., Turner, Jonathan, Davies, Paul, et al.
Created Date
1999

After twenty years of Ag Mediation’s assistance to the American rural areas, there are a number of key developments which I would like to highlight for the Bureau of Land Management and others interested in mediation and dispute resolution. These include background, law, and efforts by states and federal government to focus on mediation as a way of settling disputes. Finally, I would like to enumerate the lessons we have learned.

Contributors
Thor, Eric P., Savitry, Aninditta, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management
Created Date
2000

Brazil currently dominates the world sugar market in almost all aspects. It is the world’s largest producer of sugar cane, the world’s largest exporter of sugar cane, and is one of the world’s largest consumers of sugar cane (fifth in the world). From its sugar cane, Brazil produces not only refined sugar but also anhydrous and hydrous alcohol mainly used as a blend in domestically-consumed gasoline. The Brazilian government is also highly involved in its sugar-cane market. Blend rates of alcohol to gasoline are dictated to the market by law or decree, and this policy has a direct affect on ...

Contributors
Schmitz, Troy Gordon, Seale, James L., Buzzanell, Peter J., et al.
Created Date
2002

Agricultural cooperatives tend to be riskier than investor-oriented firms, both in a business and financial sense. However, cooperative managers are often reluctant to actively manage risk. Although the “risk management irrelevance proposition” suggests that cooperative managers should be unable to add shareholder value through risk management activities, this study argues that there are several reasons why this is not likely to be the case for cooperatives. Several empirical examples are provided through numerical simulation of pro-forma financial statements from representative agricultural cooperatives. Using mean variance, expected utility and valueat-risk metrics, the results of these simulations show that various risk management ...

Contributors
Manfredo, Mark R., Richards, Timothy James, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management
Created Date
2003

The population of all golf course facilities that existed in Arizona in 2004 was identified and basic information regarding city, county, number of holes, and year established were collected for all 338 Arizona golf facilities. In addition, the economic impacts from revenue, tourism, and real estate premiums attributed to the Arizona golf course industry were estimated for 2004 based upon a survey of all Arizona golf course facilities. Seventy-seven golf course managers returned either partially or fully completed questionnaires, representing an overall response rate of 22.8 percent. Unbiased mean-based estimates of various impacts and other types of information contained in ...

Contributors
Schmitz, Troy Gordon, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management
Created Date
2006-05-19

Contains a dynamic programming algorithm for projecting policy parameters based on a storage model of international markets featuring uncertainty, forward-looking rational expectations and non-negative storage. This algorithm is motivated by the need for a non-analytical solution to the competitive equilibrium in a storage model of U.S. and foreign cotton policy regimes. Obtaining an analytical solution is difficult, except in a limited number of special cases. The numerical solution algorithm essentially consists of multiple nested numerical approximations that reach convergence simultaneously when the relationship between domestic storage and expected farm price achieves stationarity. Given the stationary relationship between storage and expected ...

Contributors
Dumas, Christopher F., Schmitz, Troy Gordon, Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management
Created Date
1999-07-10

The State And Local Arizona Documents (SALAD) collection contains documents published by the State of Arizona, its Counties, incorporated Cities or Towns, or affiliated Councils of Government; documents produced under the auspices of a state or local agency, board, commission or department, including reports made to these units; and Salt River Project, a licensed municipality. ASU is a primary collector of state publications and makes a concerted effort to acquire and catalog most materials published by state and local governmental agencies.

The ASU Digital Repository provides access to digital SALAD publications, however the ASU Libraries’ non-digitized Arizona documents can be searched through the ASU Libraries Catalog. For additional assistance, Ask A Government Documents Librarian.

Publications issued by the Morrison Institute for Public Programs at Arizona State University are available in the ASU Digital Repository Morrison Institute for Public Policy - Publications Archive collection.