Daniel Prager



Daniel Prager is an Economist in the Farm Economy Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division. His work primarily focuses on issues related to farm households, including leading the estimates and forecasts of farm household income. Dan’s current research includes measuring farm household income volatility, assessing health insurance coverage for farm households, and improving processes for imputing missing data in household surveys. Dan also helps to administer the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).


Dan joined ERS in 2014 after finishing his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to graduate school, he was a research associate at the World Resources Institute (WRI), an environmental think tank.


Dan received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Development Economics in the Agricultural and Applied Economics department at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He also holds a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science from Columbia University.

Selected Publications

Prager, D., J. Foltz, and B. Braham. 2015. “Making Time for Agricultural and Life Science Research: Technical Change and Productivity Gains,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 97(3):743-761.

Barham, B., J. Foltz, and D. Prager. 2014. “Making Time for Science,” Research Policy 43(1):21-31.