Mark Denbaly

Mark Denbaly

Deputy Director for Food Economics Data


Mark is the Deputy Division Director for Food Economics Data. The Food Economics Division’s research program focuses on the economics of consumer food choices, food policy, and food market and price dynamics. The program covers a wide array of topical issues on the welfare of American consumers, particularly that of low-income households. Mark is currently working on projects related to improving the data infrastructure for food and nutrition policy research, and on the division’s new data and research effort, the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS).


Prior to becoming the Deputy Director for Data in 2006, Mark led ERS’s research program on food market structure and prices. Before that, Mark led ERS’s research program on macroeconomics of food and agricultural economy for three years. From 1992 to 1993, Mark was in charge of ERS’s research program on land values for two years (1992-93).


Mark received his Ph.D. from Iowa State’s economics department, and completed his M.S. in economics at Southern Illinois University.

Professional Affiliations

Mark is a member of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the American Economics Association.

Selected Publications

Denbaly, M., C. Dimitri, L. Glaser, C. Handy, M. Jekanowski, P. Kaufman, B. Krissoff, G. Thompson, and S. Thornsbury; L. Calvin, and R. Cook, coordinators. 2001. U.S. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Marketing: Emerging Trade Practices, Trends, and Issues, AER-795, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, January.

Joutz, F., R. Trost, C. Hallahan, A. Clauson, and M. Denbaly. 2000. Retail Food Price Forecasting at ERS, TB-1885, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, June.