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Staff Paper No. 577 - Abstract

Small Food Processing in the Context of Local Foods

Steven Deller [scdeller@wisc.edu]
Maureen Stickel [mstickel@wisc.edu]

Staff Paper No. 577, October 2014, 23p.


In this study, we explore the role of small scale food processing in economic growth. Growth in small scale food processing is relevant due to the growing emphasis on local food initiatives used to spur local economic growth. We utilize US county level data on small food processors and a neo-classical growth model to better understand if small food processors are affecting economic growth. Preliminary results suggest that small scale food processing has a mixed role in helping understand local economic growth.
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