Amalia (Emie) Yiannaka


314B Filley Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0922
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Research Interests

My research focuses on the study of the economic impacts of new technologies and innovations in the agri-food sector and evaluates the economic effects of the policies and regulations that govern them. I am interested in examining the factors that influence a firm’s decision to innovate and the design of optimal intellectual property protection and technology sharing strategies for agri-food firms, as well as the factors that affect producer adoption, and consumer acceptance of new technologies. Examples of my research projects include the examination of the market and welfare effects of the introduction of first and second generation genetically modified products and food nanotechnology innovations; assessment of the economic impacts of food policies such as country of origin labeling and mandatory labeling of GM and nanotechnology products; assessment of consumer preferences, attitudes, and willingness to pay for food-safety enhancing innovations; analysis of the market and welfare impacts of food fraud, optimal policy response to food fraud, and the effects of social activism and corporate social responsibility (CSR) on food fraud; patenting behavior for product and process innovations; optimal patent licensing behavior for innovations that generate technological externalities and the role social activism and CSR can play on patent licensing behavior; as well as the factors that influence information seeking and information avoidance behavior and their impact on consumer and producer preferences and decisions.