Erik O'Donoghue

Agricultural Economist
202-694-5585
eodonoghue@ers.usda.gov

Briefly:

Erik O'Donoghue joined ERS as an economist in 2002. His research has covered topics such as farm structure, the effects of risk on farmers' production decisions, the extent of moral hazard in agriculture, and the effects of direct (decoupled) government payments on farmers' production decisions. Erik's primary interests lie in applied microeconomics and industrial organization.

Education:

Erik received a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Washington University in Economics. He also received a B.A. in Economics and English (double major) from Lafayette College.

Selected Publications:

ERS Publications

O’Donoghue, E.J., A. Hungerford, J.C. Cooper, T. Worth, and M. Ash. 2016. The 2014 Farm Act Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage, and Supplemental Coverage Option Programs' Effects on Crop Revenue, ERR-204, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, January.

O’Donoghue, E.J., and A. Hungerford. 2016. "Agriculture Risk Coverage Program Proves More Popular than the Supplemental Coverage Option," Amber Waves (feature), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, January. 

O’Donoghue, E.J. 2014. "The Importance of Federal Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies," Amber Waves (feature), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, October.

O’Donoghue, E.J. 2014. The Effects of Premium Subsidies on Demand for Crop Insurance, ERR-169, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July.

Effland, A.B., J.C. Cooper, and E.J. O'Donoghue. 2014. "2014 Farm Act Shifts Crop Commodity Programs Away From Fixed Payments and Expands Program Choices," Amber Waves (feature), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July.

O’Donoghue, E.J., A.B. Effland, and J.C. Cooper. 2012. "Identifying Federal Farm Programs' Potential Overlaps," Amber Waves (feature), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.

Effland, A.B., E.J. O'Donoghue, V. Breneman, and D. Nulph. 2012. "Visualizing Farm Program Participation and Benefits Across the U.S.," Amber Waves (data feature), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.

O’Donoghue, E.J., R.A. Hoppe, D.E. Banker, R. Ebel, K. Fuglie, P. Korb, M. Livingston, C. Nickerson, and C. Sandretto. 2011. The Changing Organization of U.S. Farming, EIB-88, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, December.

O’Donoghue, E.J., A.B. Effland, J.C. Cooper, and C. You. 2011. Identifying Overlap in the Farm Safety Net, EIB-87, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November.

O’Donoghue, E.J., J.M. MacDonald, U. Vasavada, and P. Sullivan. 2011. "Changing Farming Practices Accompany Major Shifts in Farm Structure," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, December. 

O’Donoghue, E.J. 2010. "Direct Payments Can Influence Farmers' Production Decisions," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

O'Donoghue, E.J. 2009. "Changing the Definition of a 'Farm' Can Affect Federal Funding," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, December.

O’Donoghue, E.J., R. Hoppe, D. Banker, and P. Korb. 2009. Exploring Alternative Farm Definitions: Implications for Agricultural Statistics and Program Eligibility, EIB-49, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

MacDonald, J.M., W.D. McBride, and E.J. O'Donoghue. 2007. "Low Costs Drive Production to Large Dairy Farms," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

MacDonald, J.M., E.J. O'Donoghue, W.D. McBride, R.F. Nehring, C. Sandretto, and R. Mosheim. 2007. Profits, Costs, and the Changing Structure of Dairy Farming, ERR-47, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

O'Donoghue, E.J., and R.A. Hoppe. 2005. "Farm Household Income, Farm Structure, and Off-Farm Work," Structural and Financial Characteristics of U.S. Farms: 2004 Family Farm Report, AIB-797, D. Banker, and J.M. MacDonald, eds. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, March.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

O'Donoghue, E.J., and J.B. Whitaker. 2010. "Do Direct Payments Distort Producers' Decisions? An Examination of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 32(1):170-193.

Melhim, A., E.J. O'Donoghue, and C.R. Shumway. 2009. "Do the Largest Firms Grow and Diversify the Fastest? The Case of U.S. Dairies," Review of Agricultural Economics 31(2):284-302.

Skolrud, T.D., E.J. O'Donoghue, C.R. Shumway, and A. Melhim. 2009. "Identifying Growth and Diversification Relationships in Washington Agriculture," Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues 24(1):45-48.

Nagler, A.M., D.J. Menkhaus, C.T. Bastian, N.S. Ballenger, E.J. O'Donoghue, and C.E. Young. 2009. "Are Production Decisions Decoupled under a Bond Scheme? Experimental Evidence," Review of Agricultural Economics 31(2):222-230.

O'Donoghue, E.J., M.J. Roberts, and N. Key. 2009. "Did the Federal Crop Insurance Reform Act Increase Farm Enterprise Diversification?" Journal of Agricultural Economics 60(1):80-104.

Melhim, A., E.J. O'Donoghue, and C.R. Shumway. 2009. "What Does Initial Farm Size Imply About Growth and Diversification?" Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 41(1):193-206.

Skolrud, T.D., E.J. O'Donoghue, C.R. Shumway, and A. Melhim. 2007. "Farm Growth, Consolidation, and Diversification: Washington Dairy Industry," Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues 22(2):125-128. 

Key, N., M.J. Roberts, and E.J. O'Donoghue. 2006. "Risk and Farm Operator Labour Supply," Applied Economics 38(5):573-86.

O'Donoghue, E.J. 2004. "The Construction of a Firms Governance Structure in a Setting of Uncertainty," Managerial and Decision Economics 25:221-229.

Book Chapters

Roberts, M.J., E.J. O'Donoghue, and N. Key. Forthcoming. "Does Crop Insurance Affect Crop Yields? An U.S. Experience in Crop Insurance: An Introduction." Dehradun, India: ICFAI University Press.

Proceedings Papers

Roberts, M.J., N. Key, and E.J. O'Donoghue. 2006. "Estimating the Extent of Moral Hazard in Crop Insurance Using Administrative Data," Review of Agricultural Economics 28(3):381-90.