Laura Paul

Laura Paul

Research Agricultural Economist


Laura Paul is a research agricultural economist in the Rural Economy Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division at USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).


Laura joined the ERS in 2022. Her research focuses on the adaptation of rural communities and people to change and variation in the natural environment, including in response to increased risks due to a changing climate. She also conducts research on agricultural conservation behavior and the role of policy mechanisms in agricultural producer decision making. Prior to joining the ERS, Laura was a postdoctoral researcher with the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-environmental Research (CBEAR) at the University of Delaware.


Ph.D., agricultural and resource economics, University of California, Davis (2019)
M.S., agricultural and resource economics, University of California, Davis (2017)
M.A., economics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2013)
A.B., economics, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio (2011)

Professional Affiliations

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association

Selected Publications

Malacarne, J.G., L.A. Paul. 2022. "Do the Benefits of Better Management Practices on Consumption Outcomes "Dry Up" in the Presence of Drought? Evidence from East Africa," forthcoming at Food Policy.

Paul, L.A., 2021. "Heterogeneous and conditional returns from DT maize for farmers in Southern Africa," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Volume 48, Issue 5, Pages 1224–1248.

Parsons, G., L.A. Paul, K.D. Messer. 2021. "Demand for an Environmental Public Good in the Time of COVID-19: A Statewide Water Quality Referendum," Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 107– 119. 

Weigel, C., L.A. Paul, P.J. Ferraro, K.D. Messer. 2020. "Challenges in Recruiting U.S. Farmers for Policy-Relevant Economic Field Experiments," Applied Economics Policy and Perspective, Volume 43, Issue 2.