Young Jo

Young Jo

Agricultural Economist


Young Jo is an agricultural economist in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division. She conducts research on the economics of childhood obesity, food choices, food assistance and nutrition programs, and health outcomes.


Young received a Ph.D. and a B.A. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Publications

Todd, J., Y. Jo, and J.R. Boohaker. 2018. "The Impact of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Policies on Asset Holdings," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy: 1-24.

Jo, Y. 2018. "Does the earned income tax credit increase children's weight? The impact of policy‐driven income on childhood obesity," Health Economics 27(7): 1089-1102.

Jo, Y., and Q. Wang. 2017. "The Impact of Maternal Employment on Children’s Adiposity: Evidence from China’s Labor Policy Reform," Health Economics 26(12): e236-e255.

Jo, Y. 2014. "What Money Can Buy: Family Income and Childhood Obesity," Economics & Human Biology 15:1-12.