Miguel I. Gomez

Miguel I. Gomez

  • Robert G. Tobin Professor of Food Marketing
  • Academic Director, Cornell Food Industry Management Program
  • Area Chair for Applied Economics and Policy

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Faculty Expertise

  • Applied Economics
  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • Food Industry Management
  • Marketing


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management



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Miguel I. Gómez has a MS and a PhD in applied economics from the University of Illinois. He is the Robert G. Tobin Food Marketing Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. He is the faculty director of the Food Industry Management Program, which is globally recognized as the premier food industry education and research program.

Gómez concentrates his research on two interrelated areas under the umbrella of food marketing and distribution. The first is food value chains competitiveness and sustainability. His work in this area involves multidisciplinary collaborations for the development models to assess supply chain performance in multiple dimensions: economic, social, and environmental. The second is food markets. Here, he combines theory and outreach methods to analyze food markets from farm to table, emphasizing key concepts such as demand response, consumer behavior, buyer-seller negotiations, market power, and retail performance. In addition, his research extends to economic development and environmental economics, examining incentives and barriers of smallholder farmer participation in food value chains and sustainability of food systems, with emphasis in Latin America. In addition, his applied research efforts aim at enhancing market opportunities for fruit and vegetable products, benefiting producers, food processors/distributors, and consumers worldwide.

Gómez's work has been published in top journals including Science, Management Science, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, World Development and Food Policy, among others. His research program has been externally funded with over 100 research grants, including the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture. He has won several prestigious teaching and research awards, including the Rising Star Faculty Award of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. He has consulted for multilateral development institutions such as the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the Inter American Development Bank.

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Awards and Honors

  • Faculty – Outstanding Achievement in Engagement (2020) Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Teaching Excellence in Graduate Program (2019) Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Research Excellence (2018) Dyson School
  • Rising Star Faculty Award 2014 (2014) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Recent Courses

  • AEM 6700 - Economics of Consumer Demand
  • AEM 4000 - Grand Challenges Project

Academic Degrees

  • PhD University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1999
  • MS University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1995
  • BEng Universidad de Los Andes, 1990