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Iowa State experts primed to discuss effects of high gasoline prices
AMES, Iowa -- As gasoline prices continue to top $3 per gallon in most parts of the country, Iowa State University faculty and staff experts are available to provide comment on the societal and economic ramifications of such high prices, as well as some alternative options. The experts are listed by topic below:
Effects of rising gasoline prices on consumer behavior
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, College of Business
Associate Professor of Marketing
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Palan studies consumer socialization and family decision making. She can discuss how consumers' spending habits of both budgeted and discretionary income may be affected by rising energy costs. Palan also will explain how consumers view gasoline and energy in their family lives and how they may alter spending habits in light of price hikes. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes on consumer behavior and strategic marketing.
Effects of gasoline prices on the trucking industry
Associate Dean, Academic Programs, College of Business
Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Crum researches freight transportation management, supply chain management, carrier management and truck driver issues. He can explain how rising fuel prices are affecting the trucking/transportation industries, and how those impacts will be felt by consumers at the cash register. Crum has consulted extensively with organizations such as the American Trucking Association, Barr-Nunn Transportation, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. and CSX Transportation. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in carrier management, transportation economics, business logistics and supply chain management.
Sturgeon Faculty Fellow in Transportation
Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
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With seven years of industry experience, including physical distribution and transportation management, Suzuki's primary research interest is the quantitative modeling of transportation and logistics problems. He has developed a decision tool for trucking companies that reduces the cost of buying diesel fuel. He has published research in several of the top transportation and logistics journals.
Effect of biorenewable energy sources on food prices
Agricultural Economist, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development
Head, CARD's Biorenewables Policy Division
Hart's research interests are in the examination of biorenewable fuels production and the utilization of crops for that production, the analysis of federal agricultural program effects on the biorenewable fuels industry, and the impact of biorenewable fuels expansion on the traditional uses of agricultural crop production. Hart has been interviewed recently by national media outlets on how rising fuel prices have affected food prices.
Effect of biofuel sources on rural economies
Associate Scientist and Lecturer; Economics, Community and Regional Planning
Swenson joined with ISU colleagues to author a 2006 research paper titled "Determining the Regional Economic Values of Ethanol Production in Iowa Considering Different Levels of Local Investment." He also authored an earlier paper titled "Input-Outrageous: The Economic Impacts of Modern Biofuel Production." He reports that in spite of rising corn prices during the biofuel boom, economic growth has not kept up in Iowa's rural areas -- with 49 of 99 counties still posting natural declines, meaning there are more deaths than births. "Rural areas are not doing that hot yet, in spite of all the chatter," said Swenson. The reason: "One person's gain has come at someone else's expense. If corn prices are high, profits at ethanol plants go down, as do the profits of other users of corn. We have much to learn before we understand all of the gains and offsets."
Effect of rising energy prices on crop production
Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics
Duffy annually publishes the "Estimated Costs of Crop Production" report for ISU Extension. In it, he considers how rising energy prices impact the costs of crop production. He reports that the current production system is heavily based on petroleum -- meaning price swings have big impacts. He urges farmers to start thinking more about their energy use. "I think we had better get used to volatile energy prices," he wrote in his 2005 report. "I also think that they will
be volatile on the way up, not down. In my opinion, the days of cheap oil are over and not likely to return."
Iowa State University faculty and staff experts are available to provide comment on the societal and economic ramifications of such high gasoline prices, as well as some alternative options.