Ilya Rahkovsky

Ilya Rahkovsky



Ilya Rahkovsky is a research economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch in the Food Economics Division. His research focuses on food access and consumer demand.


Ilya joined ERS in August 2010, upon completing his Ph.D. in economics. In addition to his work at ERS, he teaches statistics at Johns Hopkins University. Ilya previously worked in the forecasting department of JD Power and Associates.


Ilya has a Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Professional Affiliations

Ilya is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the American Economic Association (AEA).

Selected Publications

Rahkovsky, I., and S. Snyder. 2015. Food Choices and Store Proximity, ERR-195, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Rahkovsky, I. 2015. "Exclusive Contracts in Health Insurance," Business and Management Research 4(2):37-53.

Lin, B., J. Guthrie, I. Rahkovsky, C. Lin, and J. Lee. 2014. "Simulating the Potential Effects of a Shelf-Tag Nutrition Information Program and Pricing on Diet Quality Associated with Ready-to-Eat Cereals," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review 17(A):7-24.

Rahkovsky, I., C. Gregory, and T. Anekwe. 2014. Consumers’ Use of Nutrition Information When Eating Out, EIB-127, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Anekwe, T., and I. Rahkovsky. 2014. "The Association Between Food Prices and the Blood Glucose Level of US Adults With Type 2 Diabetes," American Journal of Public Health 104(4):678-85.

Anekwe, T., and I. Rahkovsky. 2013. "Economic Costs and Benefits of Healthy Eating," Current Obesity Reports 2(3):225-34.

Rahkovsky, I., B. Lin, C. Lin, and J. Lee. 2013. "Effects of the Guiding Stars Program on Purchases of Ready-to-Eat Cereals with Different Nutritional Attributes," Food Policy 43:100-07.

Rahkovsky, I. 2013. "Disclosure of Medical Information in Health Insurance," Advances in Management and Applied Economics 3(1):183-205.

Rahkovsky, I., and C. Gregory. 2013. "Food Prices and Blood Cholesterol," Journal of Economics and Human Biology 11(1):95-107.

Rahkovsky, I., S. Martinez, and F. Kuchler. 2012. New Food Choices Free of Trans Fats Better Align U.S. Diets With Health Recommendations, EIB-95, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, April.

Rahkovsky, I. 2012. "Trans Fats Are less Common in New Food Products," Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Linz, S., and I. Rahkovsky. 2011. "Privatization and Efficiency: Evidence from Russia," Journal of Economic Studies 38(4):430-51.