Jay Variyam is Director of ERS's Food Economics Division. He
previously served as chief of the division's Diet, Safety, and
Health Economics Branch. His research interests include
understanding the determinants of nutrition, diet quality, and
diet-related health outcomes, with special focus on the roles of
information, nutrition knowledge, and educational attainment.
Aside from Jay's work on food, nutrition and health economics,
he has published research on small business economics and on
econometric models involving latent variables. He has taught
econometrics courses at the USDA Graduate School. He has also
worked as an agricultural officer in the state department of
agriculture in Kerala, India.
Jay holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University
of Georgia. He completed his Master's degree in agricultural
economics and B.Sc. in agriculture at the Kerala Agricultural
University, Kerala, India.
Kuchler, F., E. Golan, J.N. Variyam, and S.R. Crutchfield.
Obesity Policy and the Law of Unintended Consequences, USDA,
ERS, Amber Waves, 3(3), June 2005, pp. 26-33.
Nutrition Labeling in the Food-Away-From-Home Sector: An Economic
Assessment, USDA, ERS, ERR 4, April 2005.
The Price is Right: Economics and the Rise in Obesity, USDA,
ERS, Amber Waves, 3(1), February 2005, pp. 20-27.
Variyam, J.N., and A. Mishra. "The Well-being of U.S. Farm
Workers: A Look at Health," Review of Agricultural
Economics, 27(3), (2005):369-376.
Finkelstein, E., S. French, J.N. Variyam, and P. Haines. "Pros
and Cons of Proposed Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating,"
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 27(3S),
Philipson, T., C. Dai, L. Helmchen, and J.N. Variyam.
The Economics of Obesity: A Report on the Workshop Held at the
Economic Research Service, Washington, D.C., USDA, ERS,
E-FAN-04-004, May 2004.
Kuchler, F., and J.N. Variyam. "Mistakes Were Made:
Misperception as a Barrier to Reducing Overweight,"
International Journal of Obesity, 27, (2003):856-861.
Factors Affecting the Macronutrient Intake of U.S. Adults,
USDA, ERS, TBe 1901, April 2003.
Lin, B.H., J.N. 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.
Blisard, W.N., J.N. Variyam, and J. Cromartie.
Food Expenditures by U.S. Households: Looking Ahead to 2020,
USDA, ERS, AER 821, February 2003.
Variyam, J.N. "Double Impact: Educational Attainment and the
Macronutrient Intake of U.S. Adults," Chapter 4, Health,
Nutrition, and Food Demand, W.S. Chern and K. Rickertsen
(Eds.), CABI Publishing, Cambridge, MA, (2003):53-72.
Variyam, J.N., J. Blaylock, and D. Smallwood. "Characterizing
the Distribution of Macronutrient Intake Among U.S. Adults: A
Quantile Regression Approach," American Journal of Agricultural
Economics, 84(2), (2002):454-466.
Patterns of Caloric Intakes and Body Mass Index Among U.S.
Adults, USDA, ERS, FoodReview, 25(3), December 2002,
Kuchler, F., and J.N. Variyam.
Misperceptions in Self-Assessed Weight Status Vary Along
Demographic Lines, USDA, ERS, FoodReview, 25(3)
December 2002, pp. 21-27.
Variyam, J.N. and E. Golan.
New Health Information is Reshaping Food Choices, USDA, ERS,
FoodReview, 25, Spring 2002, pp. 13-18.
Overweight Children: Is Parental Nutrition Knowledge a Factor?,
USDA, ERS, FoodReview, 24, May-August 2001, pp. 18-22.
Crutchfield, S., F. Kuchler, and J.N. Variyam. "The Economic
Benefits of Nutrition Labeling: A Case Study for Fresh Meat and
Poultry Products," Journal of Consumer Policy, 24,
Variyam, J.N., Y. Shim, and J. Blaylock. "Consumer
Misperceptions of Diet Quality," Journal of Nutrition
Education, 33, (2001):314-321.
Kantor, L.S., J.N. Variyam, J. Allshouse, B.H. Lin, and J.
Putnam. "Choose a Variety of Grains Daily, Especially Whole
Grains," Journal of Nutrition, 131, February 2001, pp.
McCullough, M.L., D. Feskanich, M.J. Stampfer, B.A. Rosner, F.B.
Hu, D.J. Hunter, J.N. Variyam, G.A. Colditz, and W.C. Willett.
"Adherence to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Risk of
Major Chronic Disease in Women," American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, 72, November 2000, pp. 1214-1222.
McCullough, M.L., D. Feskanich, E.B. Rimm, E.L. Giovannucci, A.
Ascherio, J.N. Variyam, D. Spiegelman, M.J. Stampfer, and W.C.
Willett. "Adherence to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and
Risk of Major Chronic Disease in Men," American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition72, November 2000, pp. 1223-1231.
Variyam, J.N., J. Blaylock, B.H. Lin, K. Ralston, and D.
Smallwood. "Mother's Nutrition Knowledge and Children's Dietary
Intakes," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 81,