John A. Kirlin



John Kirlin is an economist in ERS' Food Assistance Branch (FAB). His current research interests are in the areas of program evaluation, research design, consumer decisions regarding program participation and food purchases, and survey methodology. He is part of ERS’ core team responsible for the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS).


Prior to joining ERS, John was at the Office of Research, Nutrition, and Analysis (ORNA) at USDA's Food and Nutrition Service where he served as ORNA's project director for the WIC Special Project Grants program and designed and managed several evaluation projects. Prior to coming to USDA, John directed a number of evaluations of food assistance programs while a senior associate at Abt Associates Inc., including an Assessment of WIC Cost-Containment Practices and several evaluations of EBT pilot demonstrations for the Food Stamp Program.


John has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Harvard University.

Selected Publications

Kirlin, J.A., et al. 2008. Report to Congress: The Nebraska Rural Area Eligibility Determination Pilot for the CACFP, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, July.

Kirlin, J.A., N. Cole, and C. Logan. 2003. Assessment of WIC Cost-Containment Practices: Final Report, E-FAN-03-005, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February.

Kirlin, J.A., and C. Logan. 2002. Effects of EBT Customer Service Waivers on Food Stamp Recipients: Final Report, E-FAN-02-007, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.

Kirlin, J.A., N. Cole, W. Adam and C. Pappas. 1999. Feasibility Study of Capturing Food Data at Checkout, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, September.

Kirlin, J.A., and W. Adam. 1998. Food Stamp EBT Systems and Program-Eligible vs. Non-Eligible Food Items: Report to Congress, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, August.