Keenan Marchesi

Agricultural Economist


Keenan Marchesi is an agricultural economist, specializing in spatial and applied econometrics in the Food Markets Branch in the Food Economics Division. His research interests incorporate spatial economics, food economics and industrial organization.


Keenan joined the Economic Research Service in July 2020 upon completion of his Ph.D. at Clark University. In his dissertation, he utilized spatial and temporal empirical methods to analyze food policy-relevant research topics. Examining the burgeoning craft beer industry in New England, and using GIS technologies, he investigated factors that contribute to spatial agglomerations of craft breweries and whether there are spillover effects from neighboring firms on packaging decisions. Other areas of research have included consequences of civil conflict on nutritional outcomes in developing countries, and the short-run effects of the timing of federal food support to families on their children’s non-cognitive outcomes.


Keenan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Clark University. He has a M.A. in Economics from Clark University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Professional Affiliations

Keenan is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA); the American Economic Association (AEA); and the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA).