Scott Callahan

Scott Callahan

Research Agricultural Economist


Scott Callahan is an agricultural and environmental economist in the Farm Economy Branch of the Resource and Rural Economy Division of USDA ERS. Scott is the ERS subject matter expert on agricultural land values.


Scott joined ERS in July of 2019. Prior to joining ERS, Scott was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University, where he worked on research in criminology, non-market valuation and farmer campaign finance. Scott grew up in Gold Canyon, Arizona. His research interest include agricultural land values, farm commodity programs, risk management policy, non-market valuation, criminology, and farmer campaign finance. 


Scott attended North Carolina State University, studying agricultural and environmental economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from NCSU in 2017. Scott received his B.S. in economics from Arizona State University in 2012.

Selected Publications

Callahan, S. (2019). Do Campaign Contributions from Farmers Influence Agricultural Policy? Evidence from a 2008 Farm Bill Amendment Vote to Curtail Cotton Subsidies. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 51(3), 417-433. doi:10.1017/aae.2019.9