BEC-21306 Food Safety Economics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work12
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. H Hogeveen
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. H Hogeveen
dr. ir. HJ van der Fels-Klerx
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. H Hogeveen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

LAW-30806 Food Law.


The course focuses on the economic aspects of the decision-making process in the field of food safety. It aims to set out the general principles of food safety economics with emphasis on the decision making process. Attention is paid on concepts and methods used to get insight into the economics of food safety. The entire chain of food production, processing, retail and consumption is considered and the effect of food safety measures on consumer perception, consumer demand and trade is explained. Next to the lectures, students will follow computer applications where the acquired knowledge will be applied on specific decision-making problems in the field of food safety. Role plays will be used to convey to the students some key economic concepts (e.g., moral hazard and information asymmetry). Additionally, students will work in in teams to study the economic implications of a recent food crisis.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand basic economic methods and principles used to analyse the economic aspects of food-safety issues;
- understand quantitative tools and methods used in the assessment of economic decisions related to food safety;
- conceptualize food-safety problems from a decision-making point of view;
- identify and apply the appropriate quantitative methods and models for the decision-making problems in food safety;
- analyse, from an economics point of view, the economic determinants and consequences of a food crisis and to synthesize the relevant information.


The activities of the course include lectures, role play, computer practicals, teamwork, one in-class presentation, and self-study.


The first four learning outcomes will be assessed in a written examination (80% of final mark) including multiple choice questions, true/false statements and open ended questions; the fifth learning outcome will be assessed via a written report (15%) and a class presentation (5%), which will be developed as group activities.


Reading materials will include various sources, provided in Brightspace as the class proceeds.

Restricted Optional for: MFSFood SafetyMScA: Spec. A - Applied Food Safety5AF
MFSFood SafetyMScC: Spec. C - Supply Chain Safety5AF
MFSFood SafetyMScB: Spec. B - Food Law and Regulatory Affairs5AF
MFQFood Quality ManagementMScD: Spec. D - Quality Management and Entrepreneurship5AF
MFQFood Quality ManagementMScA: Spec. A - Quality Control and Assurance5AF