Michael McConnell

Agricultural Economist
202-694-5184
michael.mcconnell@ers.usda.gov

Briefly

Michael McConnell is an Agricultural Economist in the Crops Branch, Markets and Trade Economics Division at the Economic Research Service, USDA.  He has been the Coordinator of the agency’s Sugar and Sweeteners Market Outlook Program since October 2014 and is author of the monthly ERS report Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook.

Background

Michael also worked in the ERS market outlook program from August 2007 to January 2011, focusing on international livestock and meat markets and international sugar and biofuel markets.  Prior to his return to ERS in 2014, Michael was a Senior Consultant with Informa Economics in McLean, VA, and from 2011 to 2013 he was the grains analyst for the Agricultural Division at the U.S. International Trade Commission. 

Education

Michael received both his M.S. and B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Professional Affiliations

Michael is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).  

Selected Publications

McConnell, M. 2014-present. Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Zahniser, S., L.Kennedy, G.Nigatu, and M.McConnell. 2016. A New Outlook for the U.S.-Mexico Sugar and Sweetener Market. SSSM-335-01. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Zahnizer, S., B. Cooke, J. Cessna, N. Childs, D. Harvey, M. Haley, M. McConnell, and C. Arnade. 2015. U.S.-Cuba Agricultural Trade: Past, Present, and Possible Future. AES-87, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

McConnell, M., and J. Dyck. 2011. “Growing Beef Consumption in Japan Could Benefit U.S. Producers,” Amber Waves. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. March.

McConnell, M., E. Dohlman, and S. Haley. 2010. “World Sugar Price Volatility Intensified by Market and Policy Factors,” Amber Waves. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. September.

Obara, K., M.McConnell, and J.Dyck. 2010. Japan’s Beef Market. LDP-M-194-01. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.