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
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
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
, 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,
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
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.
Food Product Introductions Continue to Decline in 2000,
FoodReview, USDA, ERS, Spring 2002, Vol. 25, Iss. 1, pp.
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
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.