Provide theoretical and methodological economic tools to analyse food markets and the vertical organisation of supply chains; analyse recent issues connected to undernutrition and obesity; provide knowledge concerning food policy of the EU.
Expected learning outcomes
Ability to analyse recent issues in the food markets, looking for solutions; knowledge of chain organisation and consumption trends; knowledge of common food policy.
First part - the market analysis in the economic theory
market failures; transaction costs; economic welfare and public intervention.
Second part - the agri-food system
economic analysis of food consumptions; quality attributes of food products; economic analysis of food system recent trends in the agriculture, processing, retailing and catering sectors; internationalisation and trade of food products; vertical organisation of food supply chains; economic issues of word hunger; economic issues of obesity.
Third part - food policies
food policies and public intervention; economic issues of nutrition labels; economic analysis of food safety; EU policy for food safety; economic analysis of traceability and effects on chain organisation; economic analysis of food quality and related policy.