J. Michael Harris is an economist in the Resource and Rural Economic Division, Farm and Rural Business Branch. His research topics include farm financial analysis, developing and enhancing measures of farm stress and insolvency, and analyzing data from the Agricultural Resource and Management Survey and other data sources to provide useful information and research results to policymakers.
Michael began working for ERS in 1980. His earlier work at ERS was in the Food Economics Division (FED) where he conducted research on food manufacturing structure and financials, food expenditures, and market studies using retail scanner data. He was also heavily involved in the development and use of large food expenditure and retail scanner databases in FED.
Michael received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his M.S. in Agricultural Economics and B.S. in Animal Science from Auburn University.
American Economic Association American Agricultural Economics Association Northeast Agricultural Resource and Economics Association Southern Agricultural Economics Association
Harris, M., Erickson, K., Johnson, J., Morehart, M., Strickland, R., Covey, T., McGath, C., Ahearn, M., Parker, T., Vogel, S., Williams, R., Dubman, R., Agricultural Income and Finance Report
, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, AIS-88 December 2009.
Harris, J. M., K. Ericksin, J. Dillard, M. Morehart, R. Strickland, R. Gibbs, M. Ahearn, T. Covey, F. Bagi, D. Brown, C. McGath, S. Vogel, B. Williams, and J. Johnson., Agricultural Income and Finance Outlook, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, AIS-86, December 2008.
Covey, T., Ahearn, M., Johnson, J., Jones, C., Strickland, R., Morehart, M., Traub, L., Vogel, S., McGath, C., Brown, D., Williams, R., Stenberg, P., Green, R., Towe, C., Erickson, K., Harris, M., 2007, Agricultural Income and Finance Outlook, U.S. Department of Agriculture, December 2007.
Stewart, H., and J.M. Harris. "Obstacles to Overcome in Promoting Dietary Variety: The Case of Vegetables," Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2005, pp. 21-36.
Kuchler, F., A. Tegene, and J.M. Harris. "Taxing Salty Snack Foods: Manipulating Diet Quality or Financing Information Programs," Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2005, pp. 4-20.
Kuchler, F., A. Tegene, and J.M. Harris. Taxing Snack Foods: What to Expect for Diet and Tax Revenues, Current Issues In Economics of Food Markets, USDA, ERS, AIB 747-08, August 2004.
Stewart, H., J.M. Harris, and J. Guthrie. What Determines the Variety of a Households's Vegetable Purchases?USDA, ERS, AIB 792-3, October 2004.
Harris, J.M. "Properties of Scanner Data" presented at The ERS Scanner Data Workshop June 2003. Proceedings, Farm Federation Website.
Ward, M.B., J.P. Shimshack, J.M. Perloff, and J.M. Harris, "Effects of the Private Label Invasion in Food Industries," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 84(4), November 2002, pp. 961-73.
Harris, J.M., and N. Blisard. Food Spending and the Elderly, FoodReview, USDA, ERS, Summer-Fall 2002, Vol. 25, Iss. 2, pp. 14-18.
Harris, J.M. Food Product Introductions Continue to Decline in 2000, FoodReview, USDA, ERS, Spring 2002, Vol. 25, Iss. 1, pp. 24-27.
Ward, M.B., J.P. Shimshack, J.M. Perloff, and J.M. Harris. "Price, Promotion, and Differentiation Effects of the Private Label Invasion," Giannini Foundation, Agriculture and Resource Economic Update, Vol. 5, No. 6, July/August 2002.
Harris, J.M., and N. Blisard. "Food Consumption Patterns Among Elderly Age Groups," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Volume XXXIII, Number 1, March 2002, pp. 85-91.
Harris, J.M., P.R. Kaufman, S.W. Martinez, and C. Price. The U.S. Food Marketing System, 2002: Competition, Consolidation, and The Technological Innovations in the 21st Century, USDA, ERS, AER 811, June 2002.
Blisard, N., and J.M. Harris. Measuring the Well Being of the Poor: Demographics of Low-Income Households, USDA, ERS, TB 1898, April 2002.
Blisard, N., and J.M. Harris. Household Food Spending by Selected Demographics in the 1990's, USDA, ERS, AIB 773, August 2001.
Harris, J.M., and N. Blisard. "Analyzing the Impact of Generational Effects on Consumer Expenditures for Meats: A Cohort Approach," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Volume XXXII, Number 1, March 2001.
Modjuska, E.M., J.A. Caswell, and J.M. Harris. "Consumer Choice of Food Products and the Implications for Price Competition and Government Policy," Agribusiness, Vol. 17, No. 1, Winter 2001.
Price, C., and J.M. Harris. "Potential Food Loss Recovery From Farmers Markets: A Preliminary Analysis," Journal of Food Distribution Research, 30(1), February 2000.
Price, C.C., and J.M. Harris. Increasing Food Recovery From Farmers' Markets: A Preliminary Analysis, USDA, ERS, FANRR 4, January 2000.