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Richard Volpe



Richard (Ricky) Volpe is a research economist in the Food Markets Branch of the Food Economics Division. His research focuses on the food retail sector, particularly the economic behavior and performance of supermarkets and other store formats. Additionally, Ricky provides monthly retail food price forecasts based on CPI data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and updates the Food CPI and Expenditures Briefing Room.


Ricky joined ERS in August 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Davis. His dissertation, entitled "Price and Promotional Patterns at Major U.S. Supermarkets" provided the foundation for his current research program at ERS. He also holds an M.S. in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he co-authored a journal article on the price effects of Wal-Mart Supercenters.


Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis, 2010. M.S. in Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2005. B.S. in Mathematics and Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2003.

Professional Affiliations:

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Western Agricultural Economics Association

Selected Publications:

Volpe, R., R. Green, D. Heien, and R. Howitt. "Estimating the Supply Elasticity of California Wine Grapes Using Regional Systems of Equations," Journal of Wine Economics5(2):219-35, 2011.

Volpe, R., R. Green, D. Heien, and R. Howitt. "California Wine Grape Growing Regions Developing Distinct Identities," California Agriculture64(1):42-46, 2009.

Volpe, R. and N. Lavoie. "The Effect of Wal-Mart Supercenters on Grocery Prices in New England," Review of Agricultural Economics 30(1):4-26, 2008.

Last updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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