The Fellows of the American Association of Wine Economists selected five new Fellows who were inducted at the annual meeting in Princeton,
June 7-10, 2012.
Julian Alston is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California Davis, and director of the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics. His recent work includes studies of the demand for wine and wine grapes, the economics of technologies and policies to mitigate damage from pests and diseases of wine grapes, and the role of climate change and other factors as influences on the alcohol content of wine.
Daniele Meulders is a professor of economics at the Free University of Brussels. She is a co-founder of the Vineyard Data Quantification Society.
Robert Plasman is a professor of economics at the Free University of Brussels. He is a co-founder of the Vineyard Data Quantification Society and its past president.
Nick Vink teachesAgricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University. He is President and an Honorary Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists and an Honorary Life Member of the International Association. He was President of the South African Association in 1991-1993, was Editor of its Journal, Agrekon, from 2002 to 2010 and Editor of Development Southern Africa.
Michael Visser, a Dutch econometrician who works as a CNRS researcher in Paris, was acknowledged for his work on wine economics (mainly on the determinants of prices: role of experts, sensory characteristics, and climate) published not only in the Journal of Wine Economics, but also in several leading general economics journals such as American Economic Review, Economic Journal, and Journal of Economics & Management Strategy.
The fellows of the American Association of Wine Economists, i.e., the five editors of the Journal of Wine Economics, selected three new fellows for introduction at the annual meeting in Davis,
California on June 26-27, 2010.
The following pioneers in the study of the economics of wine were inducted at a gala dinner at the Robert Mondavi Winery
in the Napa Valley.
John Haeger, whose award winning book “North American Pinot Noir” has become the standard as a scholarly reference of its subject, was acknowledged for a lifetime of informed writing that is soundly grounded in careful scholarship that retains its accessibility to a broader audience.
Robert Hodgson, who formerly taught statistics at Humboldt State University, and who is now proprietor of Field Brook Winery, was acknowledged for his path breaking scholarly work over a decade evaluating the reliability and validity of wine competitions.
George Taber, the sole journalist present at the famous Judgment of Paris wine competition, was acknowledged for his three books on the wine world written over the last 6 years which, taken together, establish him as the preeminent American wine writer of his time.
Jing Cao is an associate professor in the Department of Statistical Science at Southern Methodist University. Her research areas include Bayesian hierarchical modeling, bioinformatics, ordinal data analysis, and clinical trial designs. She became interested in wine tasting data analysis, such as investigating different ranking methods and rater agreement. She won the best presentation award at the 2010 AAWE annual meeting, and since then, published a number of papers on wine tasting. The best part: she started drinking wine because of this.
Günter Schamel is professor in the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Northern Italy with teaching and research duties in wine economics. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and an MSc from UC Davis. His recent research relates to the economics of cooperatives, tourism and wine, which is published in The Economic Record, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Wine Economics, the International Journal of Hospitality Management, and the German Journal of Agricultural Economics. He is affiliated with the Wine Economics Research Centre at The University of Adelaide, the Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics at UC Davis and Bordeaux Wine Economics. He organized the 5th Annual AAWE Conference in 2011 and the International AAWE Workshop “Economics of Organization and Integration in the Wine Sector” in 2017.