Erik O'Donoghue joined ERS as an economist in 2002. His research has covered topics such as farm structure, the effects of risk on farmers' production decisions, the extent of moral hazard in agriculture, and the effects of direct (decoupled) government payments on farmers' production decisions. Erik's primary interests lie in applied microeconomics and industrial organization.
Erik received a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Washington University in Economics. He also received a B.A. in Economics and English (double major) from Lafayette College.
O'Donoghue, Erik J., 2009. " Changing the Definition of a 'Farm' Can Affect Federal Funding
." Amber Waves
, Vol. 7, Issue 4, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, December, pp. 7.
MacDonald, James M., William D. McBride, and Erik J. O'Donoghue, 2007. " Low Costs Drive Production to Large Dairy Farms." Amber Waves, Vol. 5, Issue 4, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. September, pp. 30-35.
O'Donoghue, Erik J. and Robert A. Hoppe, 2005. "Farm Household Income, Farm Structure, and Off-Farm Work," Banker, David and James MacDonald, eds., Structural and Financial Characteristics of U.S. Farms: 2004 Family Farm Report. Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 797, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, March, pp. 22-30.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
O'Donoghue, Erik J. and James B. Whitaker, 2010. "Do direct payments distort producers' decisions? An examination of the 2002 Farm Act." Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 32(1): 170-193.
Melhim, Almuhanad, Erik J. O'Donoghue, and C. Richard Shumway, 2009. "Do the Largest Firms Grow and Diversify the Fastest? The Case of U.S. Dairies." Review of Agricultural Economics. 31(2): 284-302.
Skolrud, Tristan D., Erik J. O'Donoghue, C. Richard Shumway, and Almuhanad Melhim, 2009. "Identifying Growth and Diversification Relationships in Washington Agriculture." Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues. 24(1): 45-48.
Nagler, Amy M., Dale J. Menkhaus, Christopher T. Bastian, Nicole S. Ballenger, Erik J. O'Donoghue, and C. Edwin Young, 2009. "Are Production Decisions Decoupled under a Bond Scheme? Experimental Evidence." Review of Agricultural Economics. 31(2): 222-230.
O'Donoghue, Erik J., Michael J. Roberts, and Nigel Key, 2009. "Did the Federal Crop Insurance Reform Act Increase Farm Enterprise Diversification?" Journal of Agricultural Economics. 60(1): 80-104.
Melhim, Almuhanad, Erik J. O'Donoghue, and C. Richard Shumway, 2009. "What does Initial Farm Size Imply about Growth and Diversification?" Journal of Agricultural & Applied Economics. 41(1): 193-206.
Skolrud, Tristan D., Erik J. O'Donoghue, C. Richard Shumway, and Almuhanad Melhim, 2007. "Farm Growth, Consolidation, and Diversification: Washington Dairy Industry." Choices: The magazine of food, farm, and resource issues. 22(2): 125-128.
Key, Nigel, Michael J. Roberts, and Erik J. O'Donoghue, 2006. "Risk and Farm Operator Labour Supply." Applied Economics. 38(5): 573-86.
O'Donoghue, Erik J., 2004. "The Construction of a Firms Governance Structure in a Setting of Uncertainty." Managerial and Decision Economics. 25:221-229.
Roberts, Michael J., Erik J. O'Donoghue, and Nigel Key, Forthcoming. "Does Crop Insurance Affect Crop Yields? An U.S. Experience in Crop Insurance: An Introduction," India: ICFAI University Press.
Proceedings Papers Roberts, Michael J., Nigel Key, and Erik J. O'Donoghue, 2006. "Estimating the Extent of Moral Hazard in Crop Insurance Using Administrative Data." Review of Agricultural Economics. 28(3): 381-90.