Sharon Raszap Skorbiansky



Sharon Raszap Skorbiansky is an Agricultural Research Economist in the Crops Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division. Her research interests include experimental economics, agricultural markets’ price analysis, and the effects that contract incompleteness, communication, and uncertainty have on agricultural markets and rural development. Current research includes analysis on the co-movement between thin and related conventional markets, the effect of crop insurance on specialty crop farmers to diversify contracting options, and recent changes in international use of rice as feed and its importance for U.S. producers and policy makers.


Prior to joining ERS in 2016, Sharon was a rice market economist with the National Rice Company.


Sharon received her Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Maryland in 2008 and her Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 2015.  Her dissertation “Communication, Home Bias and Social Capital,” used laboratory experiments designed to explore the effect of introducing communication into a trade market.

Professional Affiliations

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

Selected Publications

Raszap Skorbiansky, S. 2018. “Investing in Communication: An Experimental Study of Communication in a Relational Contract Setting,” Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.74:85-96.

Childs, N., and S. Raszap Skorbiansky. 2017-present. Rice Outlook, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Pereira, G., W. Matheus, S. Raszap Skorbiansky, and E. Cardoso Teixeira. 2010. Impacts of Doha Round on Agribusiness of Brazil, China and India, China Economic Review 21(2):256-71.

Headey, D., and S. Raszap Skorbiansky. 2008. International Food Crisis, Past and Present: A Comparison of Causes and Consequences. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC.