Michelle Saksena

Agricultural Economist
202-694-5007
michelle.saksena@ers.usda.gov
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Briefly

Michelle Saksena is an economist in the Food Markets Branch, Food Economics Division. Her current research interests focus on dynamic analysis of obesity. In addition to econometric methods, Michelle uses complexity theory and social simulation techniques to study the complex nature of obesity.

Background

Michelle joined ERS in August 2014, after completing a Masters of Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from The Ohio State University. Michelle previously worked on research projects that:

–Forecasted economic repercussions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Medicaid expansion in Ohio;

–Predicted life cycle costs of National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) sites; and

–Used National Institutes of Health (NIH) data to model theoretical concepts of search and match theory of STEM Ph.D. job market candidates.

Education

Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a Masters of Science from Johns Hopkins University and Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from The Ohio State University.