Xiao Dong

Research Agricultural Economist
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Xiao Dong is a research agricultural economist in the Food Markets Branch of the Food Economics Division. His research examines how prices, policy, the environment, and market structure impact preferences, consumer demand, consumer decision making, and retailer/producer strategies.


Xiao joined the Economic Research Service in January 2020 upon completion of his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. In his dissertation, Xiao studied how consumers respond to energy policy and mandates; he also examined consumer demand and preference for local retail brands and non-price competition of incumbent brands from new entry.


Xiao holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics from The Ohio State University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Selected Publications

Dong, X. and H.A. Klaiber. 2019. “Consumer stockpiling in response to the US EISA ‘light bulb ban,’” Energy Economics 81:566-576.

Dong, X., J. Trembly, and D. Bayless. 2017. “Techno-economic analysis of hydraulic fracking flowback and produced water treatment in supercritical water reactor,” Energy 133: 777-783.