Fred Kuchler is an economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch at the Economic Research Service. His current work is in the economics of information, including food labeling and traceability, and in health economics, including obesity and valuing reductions in foodborne illness. Previous work has focused on dietary exposure to agricultural pesticides, agricultural asset values, impacts of biotechnology, and productivity effects of pesticide regulation.
Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Kuchler, F., A. Tegene, and J.M. Harris. Taxing Snack Foods: Manipulating Diet Quality or Financing Information Programs?, Review of Agricultural Economics
, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring 2005, 1-17.
Kuchler, F., and J.N. Variyam. Mistakes Were Made: Misperception as a Barrier to Reducing Obesity, International Journal of Obesity, Vol. 27, Issue 7, July 2003, pp. 856-861.
Kuchler, F., and B.H. Lin. The Influence of Individual Choices and Attitudes on Adiposity, International Journal of Obesity, Vol. 26, Issue 7, July 2002, pp. 1017-1022.
Crutchfield, S., F. Kuchler, and J.N. Variyam. Economics of Food Labeling, Journal of Consumer Policy, Vol. 24, (2001):185-207.
Kuchler, F., and S. Hamm. Animal Disease Incidence and Indemnity Eradication Programs, Agricultural Economics, Vol. 22, No. 3, April 2000, pp. 299-308.
Kuchler, F., K. Ralston, and J.R. Tomerlin. Do Health Benefits Explain the Price Premiums for Organic Foods?, American Journal of Alternative Agriculture, Vol. 15, No. 1, (2000):9-18.