Stephen Vogel

Agricultural Economist


Stephen "Steve" Vogel is an Agricultural Economist in the Farm Economy Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division. His current research is in two broad areas. The first is a new area concerned with farm-community linkages as observed from the farm gate. This research area applies tools and concepts borrowed from regional and development economics to farm-level micro survey data. Current projects include studies on farmers' direct marketing of local foods, rural nonfarm employment linked to off-farm businesses, and internet use affecting farmers' decisions to bypass local communities when purchasing farm inputs. The second area focus is concerned with the general equilibrium effects farm programs have on factor markets and their policy implications for regional and rural economies. It is a much older area that includes both research and staff analyses using computable general equilibrium modeling- and social accounting matrix modeling frameworks. As a member of the Farm Income Team, Steve is responsible for data synthesis and product development related to government payments and farm policy.


Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Berkeley (1992). [Interim graduate work in economics at the University of California, Davis and University of Texas at Austin.] B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (1979).

Professional Affiliations

Southern Regional Science Association Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Selected Publications

Park, T., S. Vogel, et. al. 2010. “Spatial Concentration and Program Coverage Overlap of Direct Payments and Crop Insurance Subsidies” Agricultural Income and Finance Outlook, AIS-90, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, December.

Vogel, S., and S. Low. 2010. “Urban Areas Prove Profitable for Farmers Selling Directly to Consumers,” Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September.

Sullivan, P., D. Hellerstein, D. McGranahan, and S. Vogel. 2004. “Farmland Retirement's Impact on Rural Growth,” Amber Waves, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, November.

Vogel, S., et al. 2004. The Conservation Reserve Program: Economic Implications for Rural America, AER-834, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Vogel, S., K. Hanson, J. Price, and G. Schluter. 2003. “Putting Bounds on Estimating Economywide Impacts From Adopting the Renewable Fuels Standard,” AgBioForum 5(3):101-104.

Hanson, K., E. Golan, S. Vogel, and J. Olmsted. 2002. Tracing the Impacts of Food Assistance Programs on Agriculture and Consumers: A CGE Model, FANRR-18, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Vogel, S., and K. Hanson. 2001. “Falling Prices & National Farm Policy: The Northern Great Plains,” Agricultural Outlook, AGO-282, June-July.

Golan, A., and S. Vogel. 2000. “Estimation of Non-Stationary Social Accounting Matrix Coefficients with Supply-Side Information,” Economic Systems Research 12(4):447-471.

Golan, E., S. Vogel, P. Frenzen, and K. Ralston. 2000. Tracing the Costs and Benefits of Improvements in Food Safety: The Case of HACCP for Meat and Poultry, AER-791, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Frisvold, G., and S. Vogel. 2000. “Financing Agricultural Research with Prior Distortionary Taxes and Subsidies” in Public-Private Collaboration in Agricultural Research: New Institutional Arrangements and Economic Implications, K. Fuglie, and D. Schimmelpfennig, eds. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press.