Mary Bohman



Mary Bohman is Administrator of the Economic Research Service. Mary joined ERS in 1997 and has served as Director of the Agency's Resource and Rural Economics Division, Deputy Director for Research in the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED), and Chief of MTED's Europe, Africa, and Middle East Branch. Other public-sector positions held include details to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and to USDA's Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. From 1990 to 1997 she was on the Agricultural Sciences faculty at the University of British Columbia. Mary first worked in agriculture and rural development as a Peace Corps Volunteer for cooperative development in Togo, West Africa in the early 1980s.


Mary received her Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Davis and her B.S. from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Professional Affiliations

Mary is a member of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the International Association of Agricultural Economists. She serves as Co-Chair of the Global Steering Committee for the Global Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Statistics under the United Nations Statistical Commission.

Selected Publications

"Increasing Feedstock Production for Biofuels: Economic Drivers, Environmental Implications, and the Role of Research," (Chair of committee that produced report), Biomass Research and Development Board, 2008.

"Science for the 21st Century," National Science and Technology Council, (Co-coordinator with Dr. Ann Carlson), 2004.

"Household Statistics to Support Policy Analysis," Abstract, International Statistics Institute, 2007.

Anania, Giovanni, Mary E. Bohman, Colin A. Carter, Alex F. McCalla, eds. "Agricultural Policy Reform and the WTO: Where are We Heading?" Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd., 2004.

Offutt, Susan, Agapi Somwaru and Mary Bohman. "What's at Stake in the Next Trade Round," Agricultural Outlook, December 2002, pp. 43-45.

Savard, Marielle and Mary Bohman. “Impacts of trade, environmental and agricultural policies in the North American hog/pork industry on water quality.” Journal of Policy Modeling, 5299 (2002):1-8.

Normile, Mary Anne and Mary Bohman. "Non-trade Concerns: International Debate and U.S. Policy," Agricultural Outlook, June-July 2002, pp. 14-17.

Krissoff, Barry, Mary Bohman and Julie A. Caswell., eds. Global Food Trade and Consumer Demand for Quality. New York: Kluwer Academic, 2002.

Ballenger, Nicole and Mary Bohman. “Toward Common Ground: Roles of Markets and Policy.” In Nelson, G.C., ed. Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture: Economics and Politics. New York: Academic Press, 2001, pp. 163-170.

Gibson, Paul, John Wainio, Daniel Whitley and Mary Bohman. Profiles of Tariffs in Global Agricultural Markets. Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. AER-796, 2001.

Bohman, Mary, Joseph Cooper, Daniel Mullarkey, Mary Anne Normile, David Skully, Steven Vogel and C. Edward Young. “The Use and Abuse of Multifunctionality,” Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, November 1999.

Bohman, Mary and Patricia J. Lindsey. “Harmonization of Environmental Policies in Agriculture Under NAFTA.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 45 (1997):383-391.

Bohman, Mary and Patricia Lindsey. “Trade Liberalization when Domestic Policies Diverge.” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 45 (1997):17-38.

Bohman, Mary, Lovell Jarvis and Richard Barichello. “Rent Seeking and International Commodity Agreements: The Case of Coffee.” Economic Development and Cultural Change, 44 (1996):379-404.

Anania, Giovanni, Mary Bohman and Colin Carter. “U.S. Export Subsidies in Wheat: Strategic Trade Policy or an Expensive Beggar-My-Neighbor Tactic?” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 74(3):534-545, 1992.

Bohman, Mary, Colin Carter and Jeffrey H. Dorfman. “Targeted Export Subsidies and Their Welfare Impacts.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 73(3):693-701, 1991.

Bohman, Mary and Lovell Jarvis. “The International Coffee Agreement: Economics of the Nonmember Market.” European Review of Agricultural Economics, 17(1):99-118, 1990.