Karen Thome



Karen Thome joined the Market and Trade Economics Division in August 2014 as a Research Economist in the Food Security and Development Branch, Markets and Trade Economics Division. At ERS, she is part of the International Food Security Assessment team. Her current research also includes modeling local economic impacts of risk management policies and modalities of food aid. Prior to joining ERS, Karen was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Davis, focusing on ethanol production and on impact evaluation of social protection programs. She has consulted for UN-FAO, World Bank, IADB, and was an intern at CIMMYT.


Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis
B.A. in Chemistry and Biology, Williams College

Selected Publications

Filipski, M.J., J.E. Taylor, K.E. Thome, and B. Davis. 2015. "Effects of treatment beyond the treated: a general equilibrium impact evaluation of Lesotho’s cash grants program," Agricultural Economics 46(2):225-241.

Thome, K.E., M.J. Filipski, J. Kagin, J.E. Taylor, and B. Davis. 2013. "Agricultural Spillover Effects of Cash Transfers: What Does LEWIE Have to Say?" American Journal of Agricultural Economics: Papers and Proceedings 95(5):1338-1344.