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Miguel Gomez

Associate Professor

Warren Hall, Room 340D

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1999



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.

Graduate Fields

  • Applied Economics and Management
  • Economics
  • Latin American Studies
  • Public Affairs
  • Systems Engineering


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.