Miguel Gómez

Associate Professor

340D Warren Hall
(607) 255-8159

Miguel I. Gómez is Associate Professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. He is a Fellow of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University. He is Affiliate Faculty at the School of Management at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá.

Research Focus

I concentrate my research program on two interrelated areas under the umbrella of food marketing and distribution:

1. Supply Chains Competitiveness and Sustainability: My work in this area involves multi-disciplinary collaborations and my primary contribution is the development of normative optimization models to assess supply chain performance in multiple dimensions - economic, social and environmental. A growing research area is the development of bioeconomic models to identify profit-maximizing strategies to manage invasive species in agriculture with applications to wine grapes, soft-skinned fruits, and coffee.

2. Retailing and Channel Relationships. Here, I combine microeconomic theory with quantitative methods, emphasizing key concepts such as price transmission, demand response, buyer-seller negotiations, market power, customer satisfaction, and retail performance. In addition, my research in this area extends to economic development. Specifically, I examine the incentives an barriers of smallholder farmer participation in food value chains with emphasis in Latin America.

The scope of my research program is domestic and international, the latter emphasizing food value chains in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, my applied research efforts aim at enhancing market opportunities for horticultural products (fruits, vegetables and ornamentals), benefiting producers, food processors/distributors and consumers in New York State.

Selected domestic sponsored research activities include:
- Developing an East Coast Broccoli Industry
- Bioeconomic models of optimal disease control in grapevines
- Enhancing Food Security of Underserved Populations in the Northeast through Sustainable Regional Food Systems
- Challenges Facing Small and Medium Sized Entrepreneurs in Emerging Cool Climate Wine Regions

Selected international research and activities include:
- Sustainability impacts of smallholder farmer participation in specialty coffee value chains in Latin America
- Food value chains and nutritional outcomes in developing countries
- Risk behavior in the adoption of IPM technologies among potato growers in the Colombian Andean Region
- Price transmission and market power in global food supply chains.

Awards and Honors

  • Rising Star Faculty Award 2014 (2014) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Best Paper Award 2007, “Guest Satisfaction and Restaurant Performance” (2007) Cornell Hospitality Quarterly

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Atallah, S., Gomez, M., Conrad, J. M., & Nyrop, J. P. (2014). A Plant-Level, Spatial, Bioeconomic Model of Plant Disease, Diffusion, and Control: Grapevine Leafroll Disease. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 97:199-218.
  • Richards, T. J., Gomez, M., & Lee, J. (2014). Pass-Through and Consumer Search: An Empirical Analysis. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 96:1049-1069.
  • Gomez, M., & Rickets, K. D. (2013). Food Value Chain Transformations in Developing Countries: Selected Hypotheses on Nutritional Implications. Food Policy. 42:139-150.
  • Lee, J., & Gomez, M. (2013). Impacts of the End of the Coffee Export Quota System on International-to-Retail Price Transmission. Journal of Agricultural Economics. 64:343-362.
  • Lentz, E. C., Barrett, C., Gomez, M., & Maxwell, D. G. (2013). On The Choice and Impacts of Innovative International Food Assistance Instruments. World Development. 49:#N/A.
  • Gomez, M., Barrett, C., Raney, T., Pinstrup-Andersen, P., Meerman, J., Croppenstedt, A., Carisma, B., & Thompson, B. (2013). Post-Green Revolution Food Systems and the Triple Burden of Malnutrition. Food Policy. 42:129-138.
  • Yuan, H., Gomez, M., & Rao, V. (2013). Trade Promotion Decisions under Demand Uncertainty: A Market Experiment Approach. Management Science. 59:1709-1724.
  • Gomez, M., Richards, T. J., & Lee, J. (2013). Trade Promotions and Consumer Search in Supermarket Retailing. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 95:1209-1215.
  • Gomez, M., Gonzalez, E., & Melo, L. F. (2012). Forecasting Food Inflation in Developing Countries with Inflation Targeting Regimes. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 94:153-173.
  • Richards, T. J., Gomez, M., & Pofahl, G. (2012). A Multiple Discrete / Continuous Model of Price Promotions. Journal for Retailing. 88:206-225.