Aaron J. Staples

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

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Graduate Student Section Chair-Elect

MS in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University BA in Economics from Westfield State University

My Research Interests

Local Food Systems

Buy local. Eat local. Drink local. Consumer preference for local food and drink has generated more regionally diverse food systems. I am interested in the continued growth of local value chains, placing emphasis on local beer, hops, and grain.

Behavioral Economics

Behavioral economics incorporates psychology into economic theory, explaining the underlying biases and heuristics driving consumer decision making. I enjoy applying behavioral economics to consumer preference for food and drink.


How will industry and agriculture adapt to climate change? I am particularly interested in exploring how climate change affects food value chains as well as uncovering how producers can market these sustainability initiatives to consumers.

Curriculum Vitae



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