Alexis Villacis

Alexis Villacis
Arizona State University | ASU · Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am an applied microeconomist studying the social welfare implications of agriculture, with a particular interest in food value chains, food security, and behavioral economics. I obtained my Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Virginia Tech. I also have a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. Prior to joining ASU, I worked at the Department of Agriculture of Ecuador and at University Espíritu Santo UEES.

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Publications (13)
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In this study, we use panel data, three waves (2010–2016), to investigate the impact of agricultural productivity on experience-based measures of food security among Nigerian households. Experience-based measures of food security capture the diversity of diets, food shortage, and other aspects of food security, including psychological and behaviora...
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Purpose This study explores the determinants of growth of credence-based exports of yerba mate from Paraguay, potential for increased export growth, and the fragility of the credence-based export model. Much of the growth in value of yerba mate exports from Paraguay is due to positioning of the good within the universe of products where consumption...
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Purpose Motivated by transformations in global food systems and increasing demand for multidimensional credence attributes, the authors analyze cacao value chains in Ecuador – the main producer of fine and flavor cacao worldwide. The authors identify opportunities and discuss how private and public sector initiatives can help meet emerging challeng...
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This study investigates the impact of health insurance coverage and participation in government programs-counter-cyclical, conservation, and risk management programs-on off-farm labor allocation decisions of U.S. farm-operator households. Using household-level data of family farms from the 2015 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, this study em...
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Efforts to improve cacao value chains often assume that production of fine and flavor varieties will raise smallholder incomes. Undertaking postharvest practices of fermentation and drying is another exercise assumed to increase value-added capture by smallholder producers. This study employs household data from 340 cacao farms in 15 villages in co...
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This article explores how farmer risk preferences are related to their perception of risk of climate change. We measure risk preferences and risk perceptions using a survey and a lab‐in‐the‐field experiment conducted with one of the most vulnerable groups to climate change in Latin America. We find that farmers that behave in accordance with the as...
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The commodity chocolate industry has been long recognized for unsustainable and unethical production practices. In contrast, the craft chocolate industry is well-positioned to move the chocolate industry in the direction of more ethical sourcing strategies, improved environmentally-conscious production practices, and higher quality products as a wh...
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One of the greatest challenges in the 21st century is the question of how humanity will adapt to a changing climate to continue producing food at the production levels that will be necessary to feed an increasing global population while conserving soil and water resources. While there are political, social and economic factors that impact agricultu...
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Stochastic plateau production functions provide improved fertilizer recommendations based on multi-year agronomic experiments where weather and other stochastic variables change over time. This research assesses the profitability of no-tillage corn production in northeastern Colorado and determines economically optimal nitrogen fertilizer rates. It...
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Resumen The unemployment rate gives a relative idea of the overall economic health of a country. This paper’s aim was to explore, understand and measure the positive or negative relationship between foreign direct investment and government investment with unemployment in Ecuador. The ordinary least square regression model was used to determine if...
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La introducción de nuevas tecnologías: Propulsor del desarrollo agrícola. Sorgos sensitivos: Reserva o póliza de seguro Introducidos recientemente desde los años 70 para la siembra en los valles en la segunda temporada. Últimos 30 años introducción acelerada: Alimentación de aves y en el sector del ganado lechero. Inversiones de CENTA y MAG. Aument...
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The returns to the introduction of new photo-insensitive sorghum varieties into the dairy industry were analyzed to determine changes in the welfare of consumers, processors, producers and the society. The economic surplus method was used along with a survey data of a stratified sample of 150 farms conducted in 2011 in El Salvador. Results indicate...
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El propulsor del desarrollo agrlcola es la introducción de nuevas tecnologlas. Sorgos fotosensitivos' han sido un componente crítico en la agricultura de las laderas centroamericanas, ofreciendo una reserva o póliza de seguro cuando el alimento básico principal de maiz tambalea. Los sorgos foto-insensitivos han sido introducidos recientemente desde...

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