This course is intended to provide an overview of the structure of the post-farm food supply chain. This course will promote an understanding of the many factors that influence behavior of food wholesalers and retailers. The course covers the economic and decision-making processes related to the food retail, wholesaling, manufacturing, and logistics industry sectors. The course is intended to promote critical thinking on the economic impacts and policy implications of the food supply chain and the behavior of firms operating within it. Case studies, federal and state datasets, and legislation will be featured to provide real-world examples. This course will complement other Friedman School course offerings for students interested in food policy, food access, food security, food prices, food choices, food marketing and food labeling. Economic concepts will be introduced throughout the course but prior coursework in economics is not necessary.
Instructor: Richard J. Volpe