Erik Scherpf



Erik Scherpf is a research economist in the Food Assistance Branch of the Food Economics Division. He specializes in research issues related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Erik has worked on a number of projects that use administrative records linked to household survey data to improve estimates of program eligibility and to better understand the shortcomings of survey data for studying SNAP-related issues. Along with Constance Newman, he developed a novel data product that used SNAP administrative records linked to the American Community Survey (ACS) to estimate detailed program participation rates at the sub-State level. This data product continues to play an important role in demonstrating to States the benefit of sharing their SNAP administrative records with the Census Bureau. Erik has worked closely with the Census Bureau’s Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications (CARRA) in their efforts to acquire state SNAP administrative records.

Erik has coauthored reports using administrative records to examine the targeting of SNAP benefits to the poor and near-poor and to analyze the effect of labor market conditions on program spell lengths. His other research focuses on the relationship between enrollment in SNAP and local labor market conditions as well as the interaction between individuals’ program participation and labor supply decisions.


Erik received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.