Teaching staff

Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr.

Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr. is Professor and Tyson Endowed Chair in Food Policy Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at University of Arkansas. His research interests are focused on the economics of food policy and quality and on obtaining an understanding of how emerging consumer issues affect food and nutrient consumption/demand and public policies. Dr. Nayga received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, he was a professor at Texas A&M University for 11 years. He also was a faculty member at Rutgers University for 4 years and at Massey University, New Zealand for about a year. He was a visiting professor and Fulbright Senior Scholar at Wageningen University, The Netherlands in Spring 2001. He has published numerous papers in scholarly journals in the fields of economics, agricultural economics, marketing and public health. He has received at least $12 million in research grants and contracts and has given more than 250 invited talks and lectures in the US and several other countries and has been a member of editorial board of at least 10 scholarly journals.


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Andreas Drichoutis

Andreas Drichoutis is an Agricultural Economist. He received his undergraduate diploma in Agricultural Economics in 2002 and a postgraduate degree in Agribusiness Management (MBA) in 2004 from Agricultural University of Athens. In 2004, after spending a semester at Texas A&M University, he continued his studies in AUA pursuing a PhD which he completed in 2008.

Prior to joining the Department of Agricultural Economics at Agricultural University of Athens, he was a faculty member at the Department of Economics at University of Ioannina for 4 years. Since May 2012 he is ranked at IDEAS RePEc’s list of the Top 25% of Economists in Greece (currently he is ranked at the Top 14%).

Dr. Drichoutis is or had been working for several EU and national projects. He has also worked as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. His research interests are focused on the economics of nutrition/obesity, on contingent valuation and experimental auctions methods to elicit consumers’ WTP, on choice under risk, on inter-temporal decision making and on applied demand analysis.

He has published 37 peer reviewed papers in several scientific journals including Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of the Economic Science Association, Econometric Reviews, Journal of Economic Psychology, Judgement and Decision Making, Journal of Economic Surveys, Kyklos, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Economics Letters, Southern Economic Journal, Economic Modelling, Empirical Economics  etc. His work has been cited at least 600 times in journals such as Games and Economic Behavior, Experimental Economics, Science, Economics Letters, Health Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics etc.


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Maurizio Canavari

Maurizio Canavari is a faculty at the University of Bologna since 1998, now Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Appraisal in the Department of Agricultural Sciences. He earned a Doctoral degree in Appraisal and Land Economics from Padua University in 1997 and a Laurea degree in Agricultural Sciences from University of Bologna in 1990. He coordinated or participated to several EU and national projects. He has also served as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

His research interests are focused on food quality and marketing issues and on food consumer attitudes, perceptions, preference and behaviour. He has published about 70 peer reviewed papers in scholarly journals including Applied Economics, Agribusiness, British Food Journal, Journal of Food Products Marketing, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Journal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing.  

He teaches a MSc course on research methods in the agri-food business and an undergraduate course on marketing research.


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Jayson L. Lusk (not attending in 2020)

Jayson Lusk is Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He has previously served on faculty at Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, and Mississippi State University. Dr. Lusk earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 2000 and a B.S. in Food Technology from Texas Tech University in 1997.

Lusk conducts research related to consumer behavior and decision making, food and livestock marketing and policy, and non-market valuation. Since 2001, Lusk has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals, has won several published research awards, and has been invited to present his research at over 25 Universities in the U.S. and abroad. Lusk has served as associate editor for six academic journals including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Lusk recently co-authored a book on experimental auctions published by Cambridge University Press and is also a co-author of an undergraduate textbook on agricultural marketing and price analysis published by Prentice-Hall. He has a forthcoming book on the topic of animal welfare with Oxford University Press and he is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy. He teaches two graduate courses on research methods.


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How to reach the School venue

The summer school will take place at the Department of Business Economics, Via Cantarane, 24 - 37129 Verona

The Department is in the centre of town, about 3 km from the Verona main railway station (Verona Porta Nuova) and very close to the railway station of Verona Porta Vescovo.

How to reach Verona

Verona can be reached in several ways.

An overview is available here.


By airplane

Verona-Villafranca Airport is located 12 km southwest of the city.

A shuttle bus service connects it to Verona's main railway station, Verona Porta Nuova.


Other viable airports are in Venice, Treviso, Milan, Bergamo, Bologna.


By train

The town is served by high speed trains at the Verona Porta Nuova main railway station.


Trenitalia and Italotreno operate with many destinations in Italy.

International services by ÖBB, DB, SBB-CFF-FFS, and Thello are also available.


The Verona Porta Vescovo railway station is served by local and regional trains.

By car

Verona can be reached through the A4 motorway.

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