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Alexander Marre

Research Agricultural Economist


Alex is a Research Agricultural Economist for the Rural Economy Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division. His primary areas of research and outreach include: rural human capital, rural labor markets, and migration along the rural-to-urban continuum.

Current Projects

  • Rural education and economic well-being,
  • Employment, unemployment, and economic recovery in rural America,
  • Wealth creation in rural communities and regions



Alex joined ERS in 2009. From 2004 to 2009 he worked in a variety of roles at Oregon State University, including Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and Instructor. He grew up in Clatskanie, a small town next to the Columbia River in northwest Oregon.


Alex received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University in 2009, M.A. in Economics from Fordham University in 2004, and B.A.E. in Economics with a minor in Mathematics from Seattle University in 2003.

Professional Affiliations:

Alex is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the AAEA Community Economics Network, and the Western Agricultural Economics Association since 2005. He is a member of the Southern Regional Science Association since 2007.

Selected Publications:

Marre, A. and J. Pender. 2013. "The Distribution of Household Wealth Within and Across Rural Areas: Are There Links to the Natural Resource Base?" American Journal of Agricultural Economics (Proceedings), forthcoming.

Pender, J., R. Reeder and A. Marre. 2012. " Creating Rural Wealth: A New Lens for Rural Development Efforts." Amber Waves, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, September.

Pender, J., A. Marre and R. Reeder. 2012. Rural Wealth Creation: Concepts, Strategies and Measures. Economic Research Report, ERR-131, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, March, 87 pp.

Pender, J., A. Marre and R. Reeder. 2012. "Rural Wealth Creation: Concepts, Measures and Strategies." American Journal of Agricultural Economics 94(2-Proceedings):535-541.

Marre, A. 2011. "Nonmetro Areas Close in on Metro Areas in High School Completion Rates" in Rural America at a Glance, 2011 Edition, L. Kusmin, editor. Economic Information Bulletin, EIB-85, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, September, 6 pp.

Marre, A. and B. Weber. 2010. "Assessing Community Capacity and Social Capital in Rural America: Lessons from Two Rural Observatories." Community Development 41(1):92-107.

Parker, T., L. Kusmin and A. Marre. 2010. " Economic Recovery: Lessons Learned from Previous Recessions." Amber Waves, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, March, pp. 42-47.

Marre, A. 2008. Review of Welfare Reform in Persistent Rural Poverty: Dreams, Disenchantments, and Diversity by K. Pickering et al. Journal of Regional Science 48(3):671-673.

Weber, B., A. Marre, M. Fisher, R. Gibbs, and J. Cromartie. 2007. "Education's Effect on Poverty: The Role of Migration." Review of Agricultural Economics 29(3-Proceedings):437-45.

Last updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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