Diansheng Dong

Diansheng Dong

Senior Economist


Diansheng Dong is an economist in the Food Markets Branch of the Food Economics Division. His research interests focus on consumer food demand and purchase behavior, and healthy food promotion. Since joining ERS in 2007, he has been working on constructing complex new data and seeking better economic models and statistical methodologies to provide accurate and robust results in consumer food demand analyses and food policy evaluations.


Diansheng Dong received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A & M University, and a M.S. and B.A. in Engineering from Jilin University of Technology in China.

Selected Publications

Stewart, H. and D. Dong. 2023. “U.S. Households’ Purchases of Dairy Milk and Plant-based Milk Alternatives,” Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics 48(1):65–81.

Nava, N. and D. Dong. 2022. “The Impact of Taxing Sugar-sweetened Beverages in Mexico: A Censored QUAI Demand System Approach,” Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 1:18–32. doi:10.1002/jaa2.6.

Wang, L., Y. Zheng, S. Buck, D. Dong, and H. Kaiser. 2021. “Grocery food taxes and US county obesity and diabetes,” Health Economics Review 11(5):1–9.

Dong, D., Y. Zheng, and H. Stewart. 2020. “The Effects of Food Sales Taxes on Household Food Spending: An Application of a Censored Cluster Model,” Agricultural Economics 51(5):669–684.

Zheng, Y., D. Dong, S. Burney, and H. Kaiser. 2019 “Eat at Home or Restaurant? The Role of Food Sales Taxes and SNAP,” Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics 44(1):98–116.

Stewart, H. and D. Dong. 2018. “How Strong is the Demand for Food through Direct-to-Consumer Outlets?” Food Policy 79:35–43.

Dong, D., H. Stewart, and P. McLaughlin. 2018. “A New Approach for Modeling Household Food Demand with Panel Data,” Journal of Applied Economics 21(1):122–136.

Lin, B., D. Dong, A. Carlson, and I. Rahkovsky, 2017. “Potential dietary outcomes of changing relative prices of healthy and less healthy foods: The case of ready-to-eat breakfast cereals,” Food Policy 68:77–78

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.

Carlson, A., D. Dong, and M. Lino. 2014. "Association between Total Diet Cost and Diet Quality is Limited," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 39(1):47–68.

Stewart, H., D. Dong, and A. Carlson. 2012. "Is Generational Change Contributing to the Decline in Fluid Milk Consumption?" Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 37(3):1–20.

Dong, D., and H. Stewart. 2012. "Modeling A Household’s Choice Among Food Store Types," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 93(3):702–717.

Dong, D., T. Schmit, and H. Kaiser. 2012. "Modeling Household Purchasing Behavior to Analyse Beneficial Marketing Strategies," Applied Economics 44(6):717–725.

Stewart, H., and D. Dong. 2011. "Variation in Retail Costs for Fresh Vegetables and Salty Snacks across Communities in the United States," Food Policy 36:128–135.

Lin, B., S. Yen, D. Dong, and D. Smallwood. 2010. "Economic Incentives for Dietary Improvement among Food Stamp Recipients," Contemporary Economic Policy 28(4):524–536.

Dong, D., and H. Kaiser. 2010. "Investigating Household Food Interpurchase Behavior Through Market Segmentation," Agribusiness: An International Journal 26(3):389–404.

Dong, D., and H. Kaiser. 2008. "Studying Household Purchasing and Nonpurchasing Behaviour for a Frequently Consumed Commodity: Two Models," Applied Economics 40:1941–1951.

Dong, D., H. Kaiser, and O. Myrland. 2007. "Quantity and Quality Effects of Advertising: A Demand System Approach," Agricultural Economics 36(3):313–324.

Dong, D., and H. Kaiser. 2005. "Coupon Redemption and Its Effect on Household Cheese Purchases," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 87(3):689–702.

Dong, D., B. Gould, and H. Kaiser. 2004. "Food Demand in Mexico: An Application of the Amemiya-Tobin Approach to the Estimation of a Censored Food System," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 86(4):1094–1107.

Dong, D., C. Chung, and H. Kaiser. 2004. "Modeling Milk Purchasing Behavior with a Panel Data Double-Hurdle Model," Applied Economics 36:769–779.

Dong, D., J. Shonkwiler, and O. Capps. 1998. "Estimation of Demand Functions Using Cross-Sectional Household Data: The Problem Revisited," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 80(3):466–473.