Eliana Zeballos

Eliana Zeballos

Research Agricultural Economist


Eliana Zeballos is a Research Agricultural Economist, specializing in behavioral economics, in the Food Markets Branch in the Food Economics Division. Her research interests converge at the intersection of behavioral economics, food economics, and development economics. Eliana's current research explores the implications of behavioral economics for food markets and consumer diet and consumption decisions.


Eliana joined ERS in September 2016 upon completion of her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. In her dissertation, Eliana studied how interpersonal comparisons and positional concerns affect productive and destructive actions; she also designed innovative field experiments to explore the degree to which the level of destructive actions varies across alternative forms of interpersonal comparisons such as those based on envy and aversion to inequity.


Eliana holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis. She has a M.S. in International and Development Economics from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad Privada Boliviana.

Professional Affiliations

Eliana is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the American Economic Association, and the Economic Science Association. She is also a member of the Institutional and Behavioral Economics Section of AAEA.

Selected Publications

Lavadenz, Fernando, Carla Pantanali, and Eliana Zeballos, "Thirty Years of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Argentina: An Assessment of the National Health Response," Directions in Development Series, The World Bank, 2015.

Zeballos, Eliana, Alessandra Cassar and Bruce Wydick, "Do Risky Borrowers Really Invest in Risky Projects? Experimental Evidence from Bolivia," Journal of Development Studies, 50(2): 276-87, 2014.