Michael Ollinger has been an economist with the Economic Research Service (ERS) of USDA since 1991 and is now a senior economist working in the areas of food safety, structural change, and school nutrition.
Michael joined ERS after earning a Ph.D. in economics at Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, he had been a Peace Corps Volunteer and a mechanical engineer for the Colgate-Palmolive company. Michael has pursued a variety of avenues of research at ERS. His first publications dealt with innovation in genetically-modified crops and new pesticides. He then moved to the Division which became the Food Economics Division where he worked on structural change in the meat and poultry industries; he has now moved on to conduct research on food safety and school nutrition. Michael has a mix of publications in a variety of outlets. A sampling of these publications are included below, under Selected Publications.
Michael has a Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
American Agricultural Economics Association
Ollinger, M., J. Bovay, C. Benicio, and J. Guthrie. 2015. Economic Incentives to Supply Safe Chicken to the National School Lunch Program, ERR-202, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
Ollinger, M., and J. Guthrie. 2015. Economies of Scale, the Lunch-Breakfast Ratio, and the Cost of USDA School Breakfasts and Lunches, ERR-196, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
Ollinger, M., J. Guthrie, and J. Bovay. 2014. The Food Safety Performance of Ground Beef Suppliers to the National School Lunch Program, ERR-180, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.