Major Professor: Dr. Zachariah Rutledge
Areas of Specialization:Labor Economics, Consumer Economics, Consumer Behavior, Food Consumption, Food Security, Sustainability, Food Policy
Job Market Paper: Minimum Wage and Food Manufacturing Industry
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2023/Spring 2024
Dahye Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. With a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a master's degree in economics from Korea University, South Korea, Dahye has cultivated a strong academic foundation in the field. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dahye had the valuable opportunity to work for the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) and the Korea Food Industry Association (KFIA). These experiences provided her with invaluable insights into the practical aspects of the agricultural and food industries, further enriching her understanding of the field.
Dahye is passionate about applying rigorous economic analysis to real-world issues in the agricultural and food sectors, with the aim of making a positive impact in the field. Her research interests revolve around consumer and labor economics, and she delves into these areas extensively in her dissertation.
In her dissertation, Dahye explores the economic impacts of market changes in the agri-food system. In the first essay, by analyzing consumer behavior towards novel food products, her research provides valuable insights into market potential, informing effective marketing strategies and guiding product development. In the second essay, her investigation of the impact of minimum wage policies on the food manufacturing industry sheds light on labor market dynamics and their implications for job security and food security. In the third essay, her exploration of the effectiveness of the H-2A visa program offers insights into addressing labor issues in the agricultural sector.
Dahye's research makes significant contributions to understanding the economic aspects of the agri-food system. Her research informs policymakers and industry stakeholders, helping them make informed decisions and develop strategies for sustainable growth in the agricultural and food sectors.