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Stephen Vogel

Agricultural Economist


Stephen "Steve" Vogel is an Agricultural Economist in the Farm Economy Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division. His current research is in two broad areas. The first is a new area concerned with farm-community linkages as observed from the farm gate. This research area applies tools and concepts borrowed from regional and development economics to farm-level micro survey data. Current projects include studies on farmers' direct marketing of local foods, rural nonfarm employment linked to off-farm businesses, and internet use affecting farmers' decisions to bypass local communities when purchasing farm inputs. The second area focus is concerned with the general equilibrium effects farm programs have on factor markets and their policy implications for regional and rural economies. It is a much older area that includes both research and staff analyses using computable general equilibrium modeling- and social accounting matrix modeling frameworks. As a member of the Farm Income Team, Steve is responsible for data synthesis and product development related to government payments and farm policy.


Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Berkeley (1992). [Interim graduate work in economics at the University of California, Davis and University of Texas at Austin.] B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (1979).

Professional Affiliations:

Southern Regional Science Association Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Selected Publications:

Vogel, S. 2010. Spatial Concentration and Program Coverage Overlap of Direct Payments and Crop Insurance Subsidies in Agricultural Income and Finance Outlook, 2010, by T. Park and others. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, AIS-90, December.

Vogel, S. and Low. S. 2010. Urban Areas Prove Profitable for Farmers Selling Directly to Consumers. Amber Waves, Vol 8. Issue 5, September. 2010 Amber Waves Award: Best Finding.

Sullivan, P., Hellerstein, D., McGranahan, D., and Vogel, S. 2004. Farmland Retirement's Impact on Rural Growth. Amber Waves, Vol. 2, Issue 5, November. 2004 Amber Waves Award: Honorable Mention Feature Article.

Vogel, S., with many others. 2004. The Conservation Reserve Program: Economic Implications for Rural America. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Agricultural Economic Report No. 834. 2005 Helios Award in the category of research and policy contribution.

Vogel, S.J., Hanson K., Price, J.M., and Schluter, G. 2003. Putting Bounds on Estimating Economywide Impacts From Adopting the Renewable Fuels Standard. AgBioForum 5(3):101-104.

Hanson, K., Golan, E., Vogel, S., and Olmsted, J. 2002. Tracing the Impacts of Food Assistance Programs on Agriculture and Consumers: A CGE Model. Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report Number 18.

Vogel, S.J. and Hanson, K. 2001. Falling Prices & National Farm Policy: The Northern Great Plains. Agricultural Outlook, June-July 2001/AGO-282.

Golan, A. and Vogel, S. 2000. Estimation of Non-Stationary Social Accounting Matrix Coefficients with Supply-Side Information. Economic Systems Research, 12(4):447-471.

Golan, E.H., Vogel, S.J., Frenzen, P.D. and Ralston, K.L. 2000. Tracing the Costs and Benefits of Improvements in Food Safety: The Case of HACCP for Meat and Poultry. Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Economic Report No. 971.

Frisvold, G. and Vogel, S. 2000. Financing Agricultural Research with Prior Distortionary Taxes and Subsidies in Public-Private Collaboration in Agricultural Research: New Institutional Arrangements and Economic Implications by Keith Fuglie and David Schimmelpfennig, Iowa State University Press.

Last updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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