Lila Cardell

Lila Cardell

Research Economist


Lila Cardell is a research economist in the International Trade and Development Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division at the USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS). The International Trade and Development (ITD) Branch’s mission is to provide economic research, information, and analysis—of international food demand, food and agricultural trade, global food security, and agricultural and trade policy issues affecting the United States and other countries that are major participants in global agricultural trade. Her work focuses on international food insecurity.



Lila joined the ERS in early 2022 after finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include food security and nutrition measurement, and the impact of price risk on smallholder welfare.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2021.

M.S., University of California at Davis, Agriculture and Resource Economics, 2015.

M.P.A., Cornell University, Economic Policy and International Development, 2014.

B.S., New York University, Stern School of Business, 2005.


Professional Affiliations

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Selected Publications

Cardell, L., and H. Michelson. 2022. “Price Risk and Small Farmer Maize Storage in Sub-Saharan Africa: New Insights into a Long-Standing Puzzle,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 1–23.