Month: December 2012

Dr. Rigoberto Lopez, PhD, Speaking at CHIP Thursday, December 6th, 2012

On Thursday, December 6, 2012, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, the lecture series closes 2012 with Rigoberto Lopez, PhD, Professor and Department Head of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Director of the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy, University of Connecticut with a lunch-time lecture about “Beverage Choice of U.S. Households: Determinants and Obesity Consequences.”

The lecture will be in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of Ryan at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. For a map of the area, look at It is co-sponsored by the UConn Office of the Vice President for Research.

You can also view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at the following link:

Rigoberto LopezRigoberto A. Lopez’s research programs focus on problems and issues confronting food systems with an emphasis on marketing, industrial organization, and public policy. Research projects have included 1) Structural and Operational Efficiency of the Fruit and Vegetable Production‑Marketing System; 2) Structure of New Jersey Agriculture: Measurement and Policy Implications; 3) Private Strategies, Public Policy, and Food System Performance; 4) Determinants and Consequences of Public Policies Toward Food and Agriculture; 5) International Competitiveness of U.S. Processed Agricultural Products 6) Oligopoly Power vs. Efficiency in U.S. Food Processing and 7) Changing Markets, Public Policies, and Performance of the U.S. Food System.

As chair of the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy, he has worked to lead an agenda of quantitative and policy oriented economic research on problems confronting food and energy markets, the use of natural resources, and the environment. His recent research on dairy pricing has led to millions of dollars in support payments to farmers.  He was the lead investigator on the large-scale project that published “Economic Impacts of Connecticut’s Agricultural Industry”.

He is widely published in refereed journals, with more than fifty-five journal articles to date.