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Valerie Kilders

Ph.D. Student in Agricultural Economics

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I am a Ph.D. student in the Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics Department at Michigan State University (MSU).

I study consumer behavior and food marketing using novel food choice experiment methods. Broadly, my research evaluates how consumers make food choices at home and away from home. More specifically, I try to understand how they respond to new product developments, technologies, policies, information, and other stimuli.

I combine this empirical aspect with the exploration of how to improve the design of consumer experiments and surveys as well as how choice data is modeled.

Before joining MSU, I earned a double degree M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development from the University of Arkansas in conjunction with five European partner universities and my B.Sc. in Agricultural Science from Humboldt University zu Berlin.