This book and its author have benefited greatly from the interaction with, and assistance of a number of individuals and organizations. Special thanks go to my longtime colleague and research collaborator, Murray Fulton, for the (many) stimulating conversations and useful comments and suggestions at different stages of this project. The book also benefited from intellectually stimulating interactions with our distinguished colleagues and members of the external advisory board of the Center for Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization-Policy Research Group (CAFIO-PRG), Julian Alston, Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Jayson Lusk and Ian Sheldon; CAFIO-PRG colleagues and collaborators; my graduate students; and anonymous reviewers of my journal articles whose challenging comments and suggestions shaped this line of research and the content of this book.
Funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Policy Research Centers Program supported the development of the new policy analysis framework and it is gratefully acknowledged.
The support by the Department of Agricultural Economics, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR), the Agricultural Research Division, and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been strong, continuous and important for the timely development and successful completion of this project.
I would also like to express my gratitude to Protoleum™ for its no-cost licensing of the magnificent drawing of the Cycladic figurines gracing the cover page and website of my book; my wonderful sister Dr. Eri Giannaka for the pro bono design and development of the website of this book; Kara Heideman for her assistance with the promotion of this book through social media; my student Dr. Imran Meerza for superb research assistance; Barbara Soderlin and the NU Foundation for their help with the Astir CASNR Emergency Student Aid Fund, established in 2015 with the Christmas and birthday gift money of my, then, 13-year-old daughter Ritsa.
Last but not least, I would like to thank my wife Tala and my children Ritsa and Christos for their patience, love, support, and for making life wonderful.
Working on this book has been a challenging and edifying endeavor. I hope you find it useful and stimulating.