Kari E.R. Heerman

Agricultural Economist


Kari Heerman joined the Economic Research Service of the USDA in December 2013 as a Research Agricultural Economist in the International Trade branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division.  She leads the agency’s provision of information and analysis on the implications of macroeconomic trends for U.S. agriculture.  Kari’s research focuses on modeling international trade in food and agriculture systems, with a focus on integrating key features of modern global agricultural markets into analytical tools.  She is currently involved in research projects evaluating the effects of the dollar exchange rate on U.S. agricultural exports and a forward-looking analysis of agricultural trade policy and patterns.


Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Kari worked on agricultural trade policy issues as Communications Director for the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC).


Kari received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics in 2013.  From 2011 to 2013, she was a participant in the University of Minnesota Department of Economics Workshop in Trade and Development, supervised by Timothy Kehoe.

Professional Affiliations

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics Association – Topic Leader, International Trade
  • International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium – Chair, Program Committee
  • International Association of Agricultural Economists
  • American Economic Association

Selected Publications

The Global Landscape of Agricultural Trade: 1995-2014, with John Dyck and Jayson Beckman. In progress; USDA-ERS Economic Information Bulletin 181.

Global Macroeconomic Developments Drive Downturn in U.S. Agricultural Exports, with Bryce Cooke, Getachew Nigatu, Maurice Landes, and Ralph Seeley, ARS-94, USDA, July 2016.

Tariff Reforms and the Competitiveness of U.S. Beef in Japan, with Andrew Muhammad, Alex Melton, and John Dyck, LDPM-259-01, USDA, Economic Research Service, January 2016.

“Asia-Pacific Integration: Examining trade patterns under heterogeneous agricultural sectors,” with Shawn Arita and Gopinath Munisamy, American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE) 97(5), October 2015.