Erik Dohlman

Agricultural Economist


Erik Dohlman is an agricultural economist with the Agricultural Policy and Models Branch in the Market and Trade Economics Division. In addition, he serves as the Domestic Baseline Coordinator for the annual USDA long-term (10 year) agricultural projections. 


Erik Dohlman started at the Economic Research Service (ERS) in 1999 as a research economist in the Field Crops Branch conducting research on international trade policy, agricultural competitiveness, and the effects of U.S. farm policy. Previously, Erik served as Acting Branch Chief of the Agricultural Policy and Models Branch, Chief of the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch, Acting Chief of the Field Crops Branch, a Senior cross commodity analyst in the Specialty Crops Branch, and an Agency liaison on several interagency committees, most notably on bioenergy. In addition, Erik spent almost four years at the Farm Service Agency as Director of the Fibers, Peanuts, and Tobacco Analysis group (reorganized into the Farm Programs and Conservation Business Center) before returning to ERS in September 2019.


Erik received his Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California. He has a Master’s degree in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Selected Publications

Cotton ICEC, “Cotton Outlook”, USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum, February 2019.

World Agricultural Outlook Board, USDA. “World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates,” USDA (cotton). September 2017 – August 2019 (monthly).

Cessna, J., Mark, T., Burdine, K., and E. Dohlman.  “Historical Analysis of MPP-Dairy Suggests Limited Impact on Average Margins but Considerable Potential for Risk Reduction.” Amber Waves. Economic Research Service, USDA. February 2017.

Mark, T., Burdine, K., Cessna, J., and E. Dohlman. “The Effects of the Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers.” Economic Research Report (ERR-214), Economic Research Service, USDA. September 2016.

Meade, B., Puricelli, E., McBride, W., Valdes, C., Hoffman, L., Foreman, L., and E. Dohlman. “Corn and Soybean Production Costs and Export Competitiveness in Argentina, Brazil, and the United States.” Economic Information Bulletin (EIB-154), Economic Research Service, USDA. June 2016.