UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Ph.D. Candidate Yujing (Megan) Song Awarded Best Paper at Annual CAER-IFPRI Conference

Nov. 4, 2020

Megan was awarded the honor during the 12th annual CAER-IFPRI Annual Conference held October 29-31. The theme of the 2020 conference, hosted by China Agricultural Economic Review (CAER) in collaboration with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), explored urban-rural integrated development in China. More than 100 internationally and nationally renowned scholars presented and discussed their insights at the conference.

Song’s award-winning paper is titled "Relational Contracting in Agricultural Supply Chain: Evidence from China's Wholesale Vegetable Market." Using a proprietary database acquired from a field trip, Megan found that this intermediate stage of the supply chain is coordinated by a collection of informal relationships that do not rely on any written contract, yet staying cohesive and persistent. Her paper has shown that these informal relationships are important in market organization and price formation, and understanding the functioning of them would be valuable.

Megan is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate whose research interests lie in the intersection of agricultural policy and industrial organization, with a special focus on the organization of agricultural supply chains. She is working under the supervision of Distinguished Professor Richard J. Sexton, Professor and Department Chair Rachael E. Goodhue, and Associate Professor Dalia Ghanem.


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