Assessing the Impact of Labor Shortages as a Marketing Barrier
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Labor is an important input into the production and distribution of U.S. horticultural commodities and products. Though labor is necessary throughout the production of horticultural commodities, it is also a critical input to successful marketing and delivery. Historically, labor shortages are usually thought of as a pre-harvest problem and the economic impacts of labor shortages are estimated from models related to production. Thus the size and economic consequences of post-harvest labor shortages are unknown. The research from this project yielded an estimate of the foregone economic welfare due to post-harvest labor shortages in marketing, distribution, and delivery.