The American Association of Wine Economists AAWE and the wine economics community were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Stephen Barry Chaikind, on April 11, 2018 after a short illness. He was 68 years old. Stephen Chaikind was born on August 22, 1949, in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Baruch Collegeof the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1971, his master’s degree in economics from CUNY’s City College in 1974, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree, also in economics, from CUNY’s Graduate Centerin 1978. After completing his doctorate, he joined the Congressional Budget Officeas Principal Analyst and Economist (1977-1984) and, in 1984, became Chief Economists for Decision Resources Corporation, a large healthcare research and consulting company (1984-1989). In 1989, Dr. Chaikind joined Gallaudet Universityin Washington D.C., where he was a Professor in the Department of Business until 2012. Upon his retirement, he was named Professor Emeritus. From 2011-2015, he also was an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s MS Program in Applied Economics.
Dr. Chaikind joined AAWE in 2009 and, until his death, was one of its driving forces. Beginning with the Annual AAWE Conference in Reims (Champagne, France), he and his wife of 35 years, Hinda Chaikind, were regular AAWE conference attendees. Dr. Chaikind contributed to the conferences with numerous research presentations, he chaired conference sessions, and compiled a comprehensive and well used list of Sources for Wine Economics Data for researchers which is posted on AAWE’s website. He also authored a research article and many thoughtfully written book reviews for the Journal of Wine Economics.