Dr. Ricky Volpe, Ph.D.

Dr. Ricky Volpe

Dr. Volpe was born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. After finishing his Ph.D., he spent four years working as an economist at the USDA Economic Research Service in Washington DC. While there he researched a variety of topics, including food price formation, competitiveness in the food industry, and the healthiness of grocery purchases in the U.S. Ricky was also responsible for forecasting retail food price inflation at the national level.

Now at Cal Poly, Ricky teaches courses on food retail and supply chain management, transportation and logistics, and data analysis. He also maintains an active research agenda using a variety of large scanner data sets to study issues related to market structure, firm performance, food prices, consumers’ food choices, and health outcomes. He also works closely with industry leaders in food retailing, wholesaling, and distribution to facilitate collaboration on public-private partnerships, student internships, and scholarships.


  • Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis
  • M.S. Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • B.S. Mathematics and Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Areas of Specialization 

  • Economics of food retailing
  • Industrial organization
  • Applied econometrics


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