Gustavo Ferreira



GUSTAVO FERREIRA is a Research Economist with the Crop Branch in the Market and Trade Economics Division. His current research focus is U.S. Organic Agriculture. In depth research on the supply side of U.S. organic markets, including price analysis, international trade, and industrial organization, contributes to understanding the efficiency in these markets. He covers U.S. citrus markets as part of the ERS Fruit and Tree Nut Outlook program. 


Gustavo joined ERS in September 2015 after working for 5 years as a faculty member at Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics. He also worked for the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center as a postdoc researcher and participated in a multi-institutional project funded by the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota.


Gustavo received his Ph.D in agricultural economics from Louisiana State University in 2009.


Professional Affiliations

Gustavo is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

Selected Publications

Perez, A., and G. Ferreira.  2016-present. Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ferreira, G., P. Garcia-Fuentes, and J. Ferreira. 2018. “The successes and shortcoming of Costa Rica exports diversification policies,” Food and Agriculture Organic Country Case Study, Rome, Italy.

Greene, C., G. Ferreira, A. Carlson, B. Cooke and C. Hitaj. 2017, “Growing Organic Demand Provides High-Value Opportunities for Many Types of Producers,” Amber Waves, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, February.

Garcia-Fuentes, P., G. Ferreira, P. L. Kennedy, and F. Perez. 2017. “Economic Performance of U.S. Multinational Manufacturing Firms: The Linkages between Foreign Direct Investment and Firm Strategy,” International Businesses Research, 10(1):240-52.

Ferreira, G., T. Hatch, and T. Wolf. 2016. “Assessment of the Impact of Viticulture Extension Programs in Virginia,” Journal of Extension 54(5).

Garcia-Fuentes, P., P. L. Kennedy, and G. Ferreira. 2016. “U.S. Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Case of Remittances and Market Size,” Applied Economics 48(36):1-14.

Lucha, C., G. Ferreira, M. Walker, and G. Groover. 2016. “Profitability of Virginia Agritourism Industry: An Ordered Regression Analysis,” Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics Review 47(1):173-203.

Caffarelli, P., G. Ferreira, G. Groover, and K. Boys. 2016. “Grain Consumption and Production in Virginia: A Trend and Spatial Examination,” Agricultural Sciences 7:250-69.

Garcia-Fuentes, P., G. Ferreira, W. Harrison, J. Kinsey, and D. Degeneffe. 2014. “Consumer Confidence in the Food System, Media Coverage and Stock Prices of Food Producers: A Regression Analysis,” The Journal of Food Distribution Research 45(2):26-45.

Ferreira, G., and J. Ferreira. 2013. “Virginia Wineries’ Web Sites: An Evaluation,” Journal of Business Administration Online, 12(2):1-21.

Garcia-Fuentes, P., G. Ferreira, and P. L. Kennedy. 2013. “Economic Performance of U.S. Multinational Agribusinesses: Foreign Direct Investment and Firm Strategy,” Agribusiness: An International Journal 29(2):242-55.

Ferreira, G., W. Harrison, and P. Garcia-Fuentes. 2012. “On the Causal Links between Exports and Economic Growth in Costa Rica, Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development 8(2):1-28.

Ferreira, G., and W. Harrison. 2012. “From Coffee Beans to Microchips: Export Diversification and Economic Growth in Costa Rica,” Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 44(4):1-15.