The American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) holds its 7th Annual Conference June 26-29 at the elegant Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Economists from throughout the world will present research findings on a wide variety of topics related to the wine industry. Last year’s conference also included the widely reported Judgment of Princeton where a panel of experienced tasters did a comparison of the wines of France and those of New Jersey, complete with a statistical analysis of the results; we wrote an article about it last year. Information on how to register for the Stellenbosch conference can be found on the conference website.
The AAWE has published the Journal of Wine Economics (Cambridge University Press) since 2006 covering research analysis that answers questions such as: 1) are eco-labels a signal of quality? 2] How do wine critics’ reviews affect prices? 3) What is the economic impact of the wine industry on hotels and restaurants? 4) Does advertising bias wine scores? 5) How did the movie Sideways affect the demand for Merlot and Pinot Noir? Etc.
Participants in this year’s conference in Stellenbosch will receive a free copy of last year’s IWR report on The Wines of South Africa. In addition, they and others interested in South Africa wines may wish to consult some of our writings listed at the bottom of this article.
The AAWE articles and research papers that are presented at the Conference and published in the Association’s Journal and Working Papers series are serious academic contributions including rigorous empirical analyses. The President of the AAWE is Orley Ashenfelter of Princeton University, and the Managing Editor of the Journal is Karl Storchmann of New York University. This year’s Stellenbosch Conference is organized in collaboration with Nick Vink of the University of Stellenbosch and Dirk Troskie of the Western Cape Government.
IWR Publications on South Africa Wine
Special Report: South African Chenin Blanc (forthcoming)
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler