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James Binkley is a professor in the department of agricultural economics at Purdue University , with a focus on econometrics. His primary area of interest is marketing, especially as it applies to food retail. Recent research is concentrated on consumer food choice both at the supermarket and in restaurants. Current research also focuses on nutrition, especially as it relates to obesity.

Oral Capps, Jr. , is professor and holder of the Southwest Dairy Marketing Endowed Chair in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University. Dr. Capps is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in demand analysis, specializing in working with large databases. Applied research areas include analysis of expenditure patterns of prepared foods and foods eaten away from home; analysis of health and nutrition issues, uses of scanner-derived information for managerial decisionmaking in food retailing; unilateral price effects of mergers and acquisitions; and analysis of regional, national, and international markets for the agricultural, agribusiness, and financial sectors. Dr. Capps has authored 102 referred journal articles and co-authored two books. He served on the editorial board of the American Agricultural Economics Association, was past president of the Food Distribution Research Society, and is currently a seminar leader for the National Association of Business Economics and the Institute of Professional Education . He has served or is currently serving as a consultant to many firms. He has received awards and honors for teaching and/or research efforts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University , the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, and the American Agricultural Economics Association, the Food Distribution Research Society, the American Council on Consumer Interests, and the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review . Dr. Capps received a Ph.D. in agricultural economics, an M.S. in statistics and an M.S. in agricultural economics, and a B.S. in mathematics, all from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University .

Cesar Costantino is a graduate student at the University of Maryland and is in the process of completing his doctoral dissertation. His research focuses on consumer decisions inside the supermarket and uses scanner data to evaluate advertising and promotional effects.

David E. Davis is an economist in the Food Markets Branch of the Economic Research Service. His current research interests include the industrial organization of food markets, economic geography of the food system, and geographic variation in food prices. Other interests include research into the labor market implications of deregulation of the Class I railroad industry, and the competitive conditions of the cattle industry. Dr. Davis received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon , and has been with the Economic Research Service since 2001.

Tirtha Dhar is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and was formerly a research associate with the food system research group at the University of Wisconsin - Madison . His research interests include empirical models of business strategy and consumer choice applied to marketing and industrial organization, modeling of channels of distribution, applied econometrics, and the food processing and food retailing industries.

J. Michael Harris is an economist at USDA?s Economic Research Service (ERS). He has worked with scanner data for 16 years at ERS and is a member of the food markets branch of the food and rural economics division. Dr. Harris?s current areas of emphasis include consumer demand, price analysis, the demand for food product attributes, and prepared foods. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois .

Daniel Hosken is the deputy assistant director for the Division of Economic Policy Analysis in the Federal Trade Commission?s Bureau of Economics. Dr. Hosken has analyzed retail scanner data in a number of antitrust investigations (including FTC vs. Staples/Office Depot and FTC vs. Swedish Match/National Tobacco). He has a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Cornell University and a B.A. from Oberlin College . His current research interests include retail pricing in food and gasoline markets and demand estimation.

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