Lauren Chenarides completed her doctorate in agricultural, environmental, and regional economics at Pennsylvania State University, where she also taught courses in food products marketing. Her research interests are centered on food access, consumer store choice, and food retailer marketing behavior.
Her dissertation examined households’ choices of food retailers and how food retailers’ marketing strategy outcomes, such as the availability of food items, might exacerbate the hardships consumers face living in food deserts.
Chenarides is actively involved in scholarly associations, including the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, American Economic Association, and Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association. Her most recent research, published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, explored the relationships between store formats, market structure, and consumers’ food shopping decisions.
Her research is motivated by persistent disparities in households’ food access, food choices, and health outcomes. Her general hypothesis is that many observed disparities cannot be adequately explained unless consumers’ demand-side behaviors and firms’ supply-side behaviors are both fully examined.
To investigate these issues, Chenarides most often works with micro-level scanner data that record both firms’ behavior, which are reflected by prices and product offerings, and consumers’ actions, which are reflected by store and product choices. While secondary data is at the core of Chenarides’ empirical research, she also utilizes primary data from consumer intercept surveys.
Chenarides, L., and Jaenicke, E.C. (2018). Documenting the Link Between Poor Food Access and Less Healthy Product Assortment Across the U.S. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/ppy018.
Cleary, R.O., Bonanno, A., Chenarides, L., and Goetz, S.J. (2018). Store Profits and Public Policies to Improve Food Access in Non-Metro U.S. Counties. Food Policy, 75(2), 158-170, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.12.004 .
Volpe, R.J., III, Jaenicke, E.C., and Chenarides, L. (2018). Store Formats, Market Structure, and Consumers’ Food Shopping Decisions. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, https://doi.org/10.1093/aepp/ppx033 .
Organizer: ‘New Trends in Food Retailing,’ Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, August 2018, Washington, D.C.