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Biing-Hwan Lin

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Senior Economist


Biing-Hwan Lin joined ERS in 1991 to conduct research on agricultural pesticide use. Currently, Biing is in the Diet, Safety, and Health Economics Branch of the Food Economics Division. He conducts research on food consumption, diet, and health, with a focus on low-income populations. He is an expert on USDA's food consumption survey data.


Before joining ERS, Biing was an Associate Professor at the University of Idaho and an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. His past research areas include fishery management, international trade, and food demand.


Biing holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University, an M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University, and a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan.

Selected Publications:

Chang, H., D. Just, and B. Lin. "Smoking, Drinking, and the Distribution of Adult Body Weight," The Social Science Journal, online March 2010.

Lin, B., S. Yen, D. Dong, and D. Smallwood. "Economic Incentives for Dietary Improvement among Food Stamp Recipients," Contemporary Economic Policy, online February 2010.

Mancino, L., J. Todd, and B. Lin. "Separating What We Eat from Where: Measuring the Effect of Food Away from Home on Diet Quality," Food Policy 34(6):557-562, December 2009.

You, W., G. Zhang, B. Davy, A. Carlson, and B. Lin. "Food Consumed Away From Home Can be a Part of a Healthy and Affordable Diet," Journal of Nutrition and Education 139(10):1994-1999, October 2009.

Lin, B., S. Yen, C. Huang, and T. Smith. "The U.S. Demand for Organic and Conventional Fresh Fruits: The Roles of Income and Price," Sustainability 1(3):464-478, August 2009.

Ver Ploeg, M., H. Chang, and B. Lin. "Over, Under, or About Right: Misperceptions of Body Weight Among Food Stamp Participants," Obesity 16(9):2120-2125, September 2008.

Lin, B. and S. Yen. Consumer Knowledge, "Food Label Use and Grain Consumption in the U.S," Applied Economics 40(1):437-448, February 2008.

Yen, S. and B. Lin. "A Sample Selection Approach to Censored Demand Systems," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 88(3):742-749, August 2006.

Fox, M., W. Hamilton, and B. Lin. Effects of Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs on Nutrition and Health: Vol. 4, Executive Summary. USDA, ERS, FANRR-19-4, November 2004.

Lin, B., C. Huang, and S. French. "Factors Associated with Women's and Children's Body Mass Index by Income Status," International Journal of Obesity 28(2):536-42, February 2004.

French, S., B. Lin, and J. Guthrie. "National Trends in Soft Drink Consumption Among Children and Adolescents Aged 6 17 Years: Prevalence, Amounts and Sources, 1977/78 Through 1994/98," Journal of the American Dietetic Association 103(10):1326-31, October 2003.

Yen, S., B. Lin, and D. Smallwood. "Quasi and Simulated Likelihood Approaches to Censored Demand Systems: Food Consumption by Food Stamp Recipients in the United States," American Journal of Agricultural Economics 85(2):458-78, May 2003.

Lin, B., J. Variyam, J. Allshouse, and J. Cromartie. Food and Agricultural Commodity Consumption in the United States: Looking Ahead to 2020. USDA, ERS, AER-820, February 2003.

Guthrie, J. and B. Lin. "Role of Food Prepared Away From Home in the American Diets, 1977-78 Versus 1994-96: Changes and Consequences," Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 34(3): 140-150, May-June 2002.

Huang, K. and B. Lin. Estimation of Demand and Nutrient Elasticities from Household Survey Data. USDA, ERS, TB-1887, August 2000.

Lin, B., J. Guthrie, and E. Frazao. Away-From-Home Foods Increasingly Important to Quality of American Diet. USDA, ERS, AIB-749, January 1999.


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