Areas of Focus
The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut has a long-standing international reputation in food marketing and industrial organization; environmental and resource economics; and international economic development. The Center's endowment will make it possible to elevate the Department's national prominence, and to focus on high-priority policy and econometric driven studies to solve problems in these areas. The Center will engage stakeholders and policy makers at the state, federal and international levels to identify high priority policy issues.
The Charles J. Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy is driven by excellence in quantitative and policy oriented economic research on problems confronting food and energy markets, the use of natural resources, and the environment. The intent is to provide practical recommendations to improve the functioning of markets and related government policies and to advance and disseminate knowledge that impacts public policies to improve society's welfare. Signature programs include policies related to Food Marketing and Industrial Organization, Environmental and Natural Resources Economics, and Economic Development. Key users include private firms, consumer organizations, non-profit organizations, scholars, public agencies, and policy makers.