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NAREA 2022 Annual Meeting (June 12-14, 2022)

6/12/2022 (Sunday)
12:00 - 8:00 Registration
12:00 - 1:00  NAREA leadership gathers (lunch provided)
1:00 - 3:00  Board meeting
3:00 - 3:15 Coffee break
3:15 - 5:00 Board meeting
6:00 - 7:00 Past Presidents' Roundtable
7:00 - 9:00 Welcome Reception
9:00 CAM Get Together (by invitation only)
6/13/2022 (Monday)
7:30 - 6:00 Registration 
7:30 - 8:45 Breakfast buffet + Liberal Arts Colleges Coffee 
9:00 - 10:30 Keynote: Parke Wilde
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:00 Parallel Sessions 1
12:05 - 1:25 Awards lunch
1:30 - 2:45 Parallel Sessions 2
2:45 - 3:00 Coffee break
3:00 - 4:15 Parallel Sessions 3 (CAM panel)
4:30 - 5:30  Plenary: Social Justice
5:45 - 7:45 CAM dinner (by invitation only)
6:30 - 8:30 Social Justice Research Dinner (by invitation only)
8:00 - 9:30  NAREA Scholars’ drinks & discussions (by invitation)
6/14/2022 (Tuesday)
7:00 - 7:30 Poster set up
7:30 - 8:45 Breakfast buffet + Poster session
8:45 - 10:00 Parallel Sessions 4
10:00 - 10:15 Break: coffee + Poster breakdown
10:15 - 11:30  Keynote: Lala Ma 
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch and Business Meeting 
1:00 Ecosystems workshop begins

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Keynote Address: Parke Wilde
June 13th  9:00 am - 10:30 am (Schooner Ballroom)

How Much Does a Healthy Diet Cost? Consumer Aspirations and Constraints in a Rapidly Changing Food Environment

USDA announced in August 2021 a 21% increase in the maximum benefit for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the largest increase in real (inflation-adjusted) value for several decades. This increase was based on the first revision in more than 10 years to USDA's Thrifty Food Plan, a model diet that takes account of consumer preferences, food costs, and nutritional constraints for a healthy diet. This presentation will describe how the Thrifty Food Plan is determined, which is useful directly for understanding the federal nutrition assistance safety net and more broadly for understanding the economics of food adequacy, taking into consideration how people's aspirations and constraints interact. The presentation will discuss this U.S. nutrition assistance topic in the context of new research nationally and internationally on food system costs, nutritional quality, and environmental sustainability in a time of climate disruption and pandemic.
Parke Wilde is a food economist and professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Previously, he worked for USDA’s Economic Research Service. He studies food security and hunger measurement, the economics of food assistance programs, and federal dietary guidance policy. With USDA support, he directed the RIDGE extramural research grants program and a 2021-2022 grants program on household food security measurement. He is co-organizer of a university climate initiative ( He received the AAEA Distinguished Quality of Communication award for the textbook, Food Policy in the United States: An Introduction, second edition (Routledge/Earthscan, 2018). 
Rising Star Keynote Address: Lala Ma
June 14th  10:15 am - 11:30 am (Schooner Ballroom)

Environmental Justice: Causes of Inequitable Pollution Exposure and the Role of Policy

The environmental justice literature has found that the poor and people of color are disproportionately exposed to pollution. This presentation discusses the research documenting correlations between pollution and demographics and the potential causes of these correlations from an economics perspective. It then draws from recent work to show how environmental policies may address or unintentionally exacerbate existing inequities. Understanding the sources of inequitable pollution burdens has implications for crafting effective policy going forward.  

Lala Ma is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky. Her primary research area lies in the field of environmental economics, where she combines economic modeling with data to estimate the value of environmental services as an input into policy. Her work can be broadly categorized into three areas: valuation as revealed through housing markets, valuation using direct impacts on health or environmental outcomes, and distributional and equity issues related to pollution exposure. 

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