Brandon Restrepo

Brandon Restrepo

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Brandon J. Restrepo is an Economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division. He conducts research on food labeling, diet and health, and obesity. His recent work has investigated the roles that information and prices play in determining dietary behavior and diet-related health measures.


Before joining ERS, he worked as an Economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he conducted regulatory impact analyses of regulations that governed food safety, drug safety and effectiveness, and good manufacturing practices. He has also worked as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Athens University of Economics and Business.


Brandon holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in Economics from St. John’s University.

Selected Publications

Nakaguma, M.Y., and B.J. Restrepo. 2018. "Restricting Access to Alcohol and Public Health: Evidence from Electoral Dry Laws in Brazil," Health Economics 27(1):141-56.

Restrepo, B.J. 2017. "Calorie Labeling in Chain Restaurants and Body Weight: Evidence from New York," Health Economics 26(10):1191-1209.

Restrepo, B.J. 2017. "Further Decline of Trans Fatty Acids Levels in U.S. Adults between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010," American Journal of Public Health 107(1):156-58.

Restrepo, B.J. 2016. "Parental Investment Responses to a Low Birth Weight Outcome: Who Compensates and Who Reinforces?" Journal of Population Economics 29(4):969-89.

Restrepo, B.J., and M. Rieger. 2016. "Trans Fat and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality: Evidence from Bans in Restaurants in New York," Journal of Health Economics 45(C):176-96.

Restrepo, B.J., and M. Rieger. 2016. "Denmark’s Policy on Artificial Trans Fat and Cardiovascular Disease," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50(1):69-76.