Dawn Marie Clay

Research Agricultural Economist


Dawn Marie Clay is a research economist in the Food Assistance Branch in the Food Economics Division. Her research focus is consumer demand systems. Marie is studying food access for the elderly and using data from the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) and Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) to run various models.

Current Projects:

Marie’s current projects include:

–A report which compares USDA’s FoodAPS to other national surveys and the IRI scanner panel data.

–A report looking at habit formation for fruit juices, sugar-sweetened beverages, refined and whole grain products, and the influence of USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Marie is originally from Michigan and spent many years in Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Marie’s research interests include SNAP adequacy for the elderly and persons with disabilities, consumer demand systems, and predictive models using big data sets.


Marie completed her Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University. She received a M.A. in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Survey Methodology, also from the University of Michigan.  

Selected Publications

Weber, J.G., and D.M. Clay. 2013. "Who Does Not Respond to the Agricultural Resource Management Survey and Does It Matter?" American Journal of Agricultural Economics 95(3):755-71.

Ahearn, M., D. Banker, D.M. Clay, and D. Milkove. 2011. "Comparative Survey Imputation Methods for Farm Household Income," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93(2):613-18.