Katie Farrin

Katie Farrin

Agriculture Economist


Agricultural research economist with the Food Security and Development Branch, Market and Trade Economics Division. Her current activities include Innovative Research Grant-funded work on risk, insurance and savings, and Feed the Future-related research and capacity building in Africa.


Katie's work focuses on poverty among agricultural households and investigates policy and risk management options—particularly index insurance—that may induce technological adoption and increase welfare among the rural poor. Her work has taken her to Senegal, Ghana and Rwanda as part of Feed the Future and USAID Borlaug-funded missions to improve data collection and reporting, and to conduct capacity-building missions for governments, rural banks and farm groups. Prior to joining ERS, Katie was a research assistant and Ph.D. student at The Ohio State University. Katie has also worked as a consultant at the World Bank's Development Research Group, where she researched food security, storage and global food price crises, and, before starting her graduate studies, as a paralegal at Sullivan & Cromwell in Los Angeles.


Ph.D., Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, The Ohio State University (2013)
M.A., Economics, The Ohio State University (2011)
B.A., Broadcast Journalism and International Relations, University of Southern California (2006)

Selected Publications

Farrin, K., M. Miranda, and E. O'Donoghue. 2016. “How Do Time and Money Affect Agricultural Insurance Uptake?” A New Approach to Farm Risk Management Analysis, ERR-212, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Farrin, K., and M. Miranda. 2015. "A Heterogeneous Agent Model of Credit-Linked Index Insurance and Farm Technology Adoption," Journal of Development Economics 116:199-211.

Miranda, M., and K. Farrin. 2012. "Weather Index for Developing Countries," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 34(3):391-427.