WHAT DO WE DO?
The RMI Center for Wine Economics undertakes and facilitates research and education about the economics of the production and consumption of wine grapes and wine in California and around the world.
The Center for Wine Economics focuses on economic developments in the domestic and international markets for wine and their implications for competitiveness of the wine industry in California and the United States.
The Center emphasizes applied research but is engaged in teaching and outreach activities related to its theme of wine economics.
- Vinum Verum Viribus? Systematic Errors in Wine Alcohol Labels
Julian M. Alston, Kate B. Fuller, James T. Lapsley, George Soleas, and Kabir P. Tumber from ARE Update Vol. 19, No. 4, Mar/Apr, 2016
Using international data for 18 vintages, we find systematic differences between the actual and stated alcohol content of wine. Our results suggest that rising alcohol content of wine may be a nuisance by-product of producer responses to evolving market and production environments.
- “Tested Quality in the Glass”: Wine Quality Certification In Germany
Henrich Brunke, James T. Lapsley, Rolf A.E. Mueller & Ludwig Tauscher
In order to reduce buyers’ information gaps, wine sellers provide information about the wine on one or several labels attached to the bottle. Wine buyers' problem then is to interpret this information and to assess its veracity.
- Adjusting to an Era of Farm Labor Scarcity
J. Edward Taylor and Diane E. Charlton
The end of farm labor abundance means longterm changes for wine producers.
Wine Business Monthly, December 2014
- Napa Earthquake and the Wine Industry
James T. Lapsley and Daniel A. Sumner. August 26, 2014
The August 24, 2014 Napa earthquake has garnered broad attention worldwide; potential effects on the wine industry and markets are particularly of interest.
- Working Paper 1402
The Costs of Powdery Mildew Management in Grapes and the Value of Resistant Varieties: Evidence from California
Olena S. Sambucci, Julian M. Alston, and Kate B. Fuller
- Working Paper 1401
The Value of Powdery Mildew Resistance in Grapes: Evidence from California
Kate B. Fuller, Julian M. Alston, and Olena Sambucci
- Working Paper 1306
The Benefits from Certified Virus-Free Nursery Stock: A Case Study of Grapevine Leafroll-3 in the North Coast Region of California
Kate B. Fuller, Julian M. Alston, and Deborah A. Golino
More working papers