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Christopher Davis

Agricultural Economist


Christopher G. Davis works in the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division. Christopher joined ERS in 2002 as a production economist.  His dissertation research focused on the structure of the hog industry. Presently, he conducts research on dairy, poultry, beef, and pork trade.  In addition to trade analyses, he examines the impact demographic factors have on U.S. consumption of animal products. Christopher has also served as co-coordinator of ERS Distance Learning Program since 2007.


Before joining ERS, Christopher was an Instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and Baton Rouge Community College.  Before coming to Louisiana, Christopher served as the recruiter for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Food Science Program and the College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture.

Christopher served as chair (2004-2007) of the Committee on the Status of Blacks in Agricultural Economics (COSBAE), a section of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).


Christopher holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University, a M.S. in Agricultural Sciences, and B.S. in Agribusiness from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Professional Affiliations:

American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA), Committee on the Status of Blacks in Agricultural Economics (COSBAE), Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

Selected Publications:

ERS Publications:

Davis, C., D. Harvey, S. Zahniser, F. Gale, and W. Liefert. 2013. Assessing the Growth of U.S. Broiler and Poultry Meat Exports, LDPM-231-01. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November, 2013.  

Davis, C., D. Dong, D. Blayney, and A. Owens. 2010. An Analysis of U.S. Household Dairy Demand,Technical Bulletin-1928. Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, December, 2010.

Jones, K. and C. Davis. 2010. ERS Innovates as It Expands Distance Learning Ventures with Minority-Serving Institutions, Amber Waves, Finding Vol. 8, Issue 3, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, September, 2010.

Davis, C., D. Blayney, D. Dong, S. Stefanova, and A. Johnson. 2010. Long-Term Growth in U.S. Cheese Consumption May Slow, LDPM-193-01. U.S.  Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, August, 2010.

Davis, C. and B. Lin. 2005. Factors Affecting U.S. Beef Consumption, E-Outlook-135-02,U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, October, 2005.

Davis, C. and B. Lin. 2005. Factors Affecting U.S. Pork Consumption, E-Outlook-130-01, Economic Research Service, U.S.Department of Agriculture, April, 2005.

Selected Academic Publications

Davis, C. 2015. “Factors Influencing Global Poultry Trade.” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 18(Special Issue A):1 – 12. 2015.

Davis, C. and J. Dyck. 2015. “Shocks to a Trading System: Korean and Japanese Poultry Trade and Avian Influenza.” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 18(Special Issue A):99 – 114. 2015.

No, C., C. Davis, and D. Harvey. 2015. “Pricing-to-Market and Exchange Rate Pass-Through in the U.S. Broiler Meat Export Markets.” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 18(Special Issue A):79 – 90. 2015.

Hahn, W., H. Stewart, D. Blayney, and C. Davis. 2015. “Modeling Price Transmission between Farm and Retail Prices: A Soft Switches Approach.” Agricultural Economics, Forthcoming.

Davis, C. and F. Taha. 2015. “The Impact of Exchange Rate Risk on Africa’s Imports of World Poultry” Agrekon 54(2): 38-50. 2015.

Dong, D., C. Davis, and H. Stewart. 2015. “The Quantity and Variety of Households’ Meat Purchases: A Censored Demand System Approach.” Agricultural Economics, 46(1): 99-112. 2015.

Hahn, W., and C. Davis. 2014. “Costs of Taxing Sodium: A Lunch Meat Application.” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 17 (Special Issue A):25 – 39. 2014.

Davis, C., A. Muhammad, D. Karemera, and D. Harvey. 2014. “Has Exchange Rate Volatility Affected Broiler Trade Flows?” Agribusiness 30 (1):46-55. 2014.

Davis, C., D. Dong, W. Hahn, J. Eales, and S. Yen. 2013. “Economic and demographic factors affecting U.S. demand for lunch meats.” Food Economics 9(2):231-240. 2013.

Davis, C., D. Dong, S. Yen, D. Blayney, and R. Stillman. 2012. “U.S. Fluid Milk Demand: A Disaggregated Approach,” International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 15(1, February):25-50. 2012.

Davis, C., S. Yen, D. Dong, and D. Blayney. 2011. “Assessing economic and demographic factors that influence United States dairy demand,” Journal of Dairy Science 94(7):3715-23.

Davis, C., D. Dong, D. Blayney, S. Yen, and R. Johnson. 2011. “Will Changing Demographics Affect U.S. Cheese Demand?” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 43(2): 259-273. 2011.

Davis, C., D. Blayney, A. Muhammad, S. Yen, and J. Cooper, 2010, “A Cross Sectional Analysis of U.S. Yogurt Demand,” Journal of Food Distribution Research 41(2):36-45. 2010.

Davis, C., D. Blayney, J. Cooper, and S. Yen. 2009. “An Analysis of At-Home Demand for Ice Cream in the United States,” Journal of Dairy Science 92(12):621016. 2009.

Yen, S., B. Lin, and C. Davis. 2008. “Consumer Knowledge and Meat Consumption at Home and Away From Home,” Food Policy 33(6):631-639. 2008.

Davis, C. and J. Gillespie. 2007. “Factors Affecting the Selection of Business Arrangements by U.S. Hog Farmers,” Review of Agricultural Economics 29(3):331-348. 2007.

Davis, C. and J. Gillespie. 2004. “Attitudes and Characteristics of U.S. Hog Producers under Alternative Business Arrangements.” Journal of American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisal 67(1):27-32. 2004.

Lin, B., C. Davis, and S. Yen. 2004. “Consumption of Pork Products: Now and to the Year 2020,” Journal of Agribusiness 22(2):133-147. 2004.

Gillespie, J., C. Davis, and N. Rahelizatovo. 2004. “An Evaluation of U.S. Hog Producer Preferences toward Autonomy.” Journal of Agricultural & Applied Economics 36(3):575-590. 2004.

Gillespie, J., C. Davis, and N. Rahelizatovo. 2004. “Factors Influencing the Adoption of Breeding Technology Adoption in Hog Production,” Journal of Agricultural & Applied Economics 36(1):35-47. 2004.

Gillespie, J., A. Schupp, C. Davis, and A. Basarir. 2001. “The Changing Structure of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Industries,” 2001 Beef Cattle Research Report, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Volume 31(June): 51-54. 2001.

Gillespie, J., C. Davis, A. Basarir and, A. Schupp. 2000. “A Comparative Analysis of the Evolution of the Three Major U.S. Meat Industries: With Implications for the Future Direction of the U.S. Beef Industry,” Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin # 877, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, November. 2000.

Weatherspoon, D., C. Davis, and Z. Olorunnipa. 1999. “Analysis of Import Demand for U.S. Fresh Grapes: An Application of the Rotterdam Model,” Staff Paper 99‑64, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, December. 1999.


Book Chapter:

Davis, C., D. Blayney, and J. Guthrie. “The consumption of cheese in relation to dairy foods in the USA”. In Kings College London ed. Handbook of Cheese in Health: Production, Nutrition and Medical Sciences. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2013. ISBN: 978-90-8686-211-5.

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