Matthew Clancy

Agricultural Economist


Matt Clancy is an economist in the Structure, Productivity and Technology Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division. He works on agricultural innovation and science policy.


Matt came to ERS in 2015, and is interested in how different policies impact the incentives for innovation, and more broadly in how best to model and study the innovation process. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a Sub-Saharan Africa analyst for Business Monitor International.


Matt earned dual undergraduate degrees in Physics and Religious Studies at Iowa State University in 2006, before obtaining a diploma in economics at the University of Cambridge in 2007 and an MSc in economics at the London School of Economics in 2009. His PhD in economics is from Iowa State University.

Selected Publications

Clancy, M., and G. Moschini. Forthcoming. "Intellectual Property Rights and the Ascent of Proprietary Technology in Agriculture," Annual Review of Resource Economics.

Clancy, M., and G. Moschini. 2013. "Incentives for Innovation: Patents, Prizes, and Research Contracts," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 35(2):206-241.