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Aims and Scope
The Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization (JAFIO) is a unique forum for empirical and theoretical research in industrial organization with a special focus on agricultural and food industries worldwide.
As concentration, industrialization, and globalization continue to reshape horizontal and vertical relationships within the food supply chain, agricultural economists are revising both their views of traditional markets as well as their tools of analysis. At the core of this revision are strategic interactions between principals and agents, strategic interdependence between rival firms, and strategic trade policy between competing nations, all in a setting plagued by incomplete and/or imperfect information structures. Add to that biotechnology, electronic commerce, as well as the shift in focus from raw agricultural commodities to branded products, and the conclusion is that a "new" agricultural economics is needed for an increasingly complex "new" agriculture.
JAFIO's mission is to provide a peer-reviewed, scholarly, international forum to address this new complexity with the added benefits of 1) electronic submission, 2) professional and constructive reviews by specialists in the topic area, 3) a response guaranteed in 10 weeks, 4) no galleys to proofread, and 5) instant publication upon acceptance. Through electronic submission, revision, and publication, manuscripts will no longer become obsolete because of lengthy reviews and/or waiting in the print line, as they often do in traditional paper journals.
The journal welcomes empirical as well as theoretical articles, notes, and perspectives. It is expected that both empirical and theoretical contributions are issue-driven, informed by the idiosyncrasies of food and agricultural markets, and have practical relevance to firm strategy and/or agricultural and food industry policy.
Of particular interest are issues related to regulatory economics and competition policy, horizontal and vertical coordination, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, auctions, product differentiation, food labeling, food safety, cooperatives and strategic alliances, economics of innovation and property rights, strategic trade, market structure and environmental economics, and political economy.
Submissions addressing issues which arise in specific antitrust cases in food and agricultural industries, or issues which arise in reconciling antitrust laws with modern industrial organization theory, are also welcomed.
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The Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization (JAFIO) is a unique forum for research in industrial organization with a special focus on agricultural and food industries worldwide. Published in conjunction with the Center for Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization at the University of Nebraska, the Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization is the only international journal devoted solely to theoretical and empirical industrial organization as applied to agricultural and food systems which link input suppliers, farmers, processors, and retailers. All submissions are reviewed by at least one member of the editorial board, which consists of distinguished economists specializing in food and agriculture, and are guaranteed to receive a decision within 10 weeks, with the first review coming within one month.
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Content available since 2003 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
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Azzeddine Azzam, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)
Paul Royster, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)
John Crespi, Kansas State University (USA)
Panagiotis Fousekis, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (Greece)
Jean-Philippe Gervais, Farm Credit Canada
Konstantinos Giannakas, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)
David Hennessy, Iowa State University (USA)
Brent Hueth, University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
Jayson Lusk, Oklahoma State University (USA)
Philippe Marcoul, University of Alberta (Canada)
Dimitrios Panagiotou, University of Ioannina (Greece)
Jeff Reimer, Oregon State University (USA)
John R. Schroeter, Iowa State University (USA)
Khalid Sekkat, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Kyle Stiegert, University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
Jim Vercammen, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Sofia Berto Villas-Boas, University of California-Berkeley (USA)
Tian Xia, Kansas State University (USA)
Amalia Yiannaka, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)
Xiaoyong Zheng, North Carolina State University (USA)
Christine Zulehner, University of Vienna (Austria)
Hans Andersson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden)
Murray Fulton, University of Saskatchewan (Canada)
Stephen Martin, Purdue University (USA)
GianCarlo Moschini, Iowa State University (USA)
Jeffrey Perloff, University of California-Berkeley (USA)
Jeffrey Royer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)
Richard Sexton, University of California-Davis (USA)
Ian Sheldon, Ohio State University (USA)