Eliana Zeballos

Eliana Zeballos

Research Agricultural Economist


Eliana Zeballos is a Research Agricultural Economist in the Food Markets Branch in the Food Economics Division (FED). She conducts research on three broad areas: (1) food expenditures and food spending behavior, (2) allocation of time and its link to food choices, and (3) the effect of economic and behavioral factors on food choices. Eliana is ERS steward for the Food Expenditure Series, which measures the U.S. food system, quantifying the value of food acquired in the United States by type of product, outlet, and purchaser.


Eliana joined ERS in September 2016 upon completion of her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. In her dissertation, Eliana studied how interpersonal comparisons and positional concerns affect productivity.


Eliana holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis. She has an M.S. in International and Development Economics from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad Privada Boliviana.

Professional Affiliations

Eliana is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the American Economic Association, and the Economic Science Association.

Selected Publications

Dong, Xiao, and Eliana Zeballos. “The Effects of COVID-19 on Food Sales.” COVID-19 Working Paper, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, February 2021.

Restrepo, Brandon J., and Eliana Zeballos. "The effect of working from home on major time allocations with a focus on food-related activities." Review of Economics of the Household 18, no. 4 (2020): 1165-1187.

Zeballos, Eliana, and Jessica E. Todd. "The effects of skipping a meal on daily energy intake and diet quality." Public health nutrition 23, no. 18 (2020): 3346-3355.

Zeballos, Eliana, Lisa Mancino, and Biing-Hwan Lin. "Does how you pay influence the share of healthy items that you buy? Assessing differences in nutritional quality of food purchases by payment type." Food Policy 92 (2020): 101886.

Zeballos, Eliana, Jessica E. Todd, and Brandon Restrepo. “Frequency and Time of Day That Americans Eat: A Comparison of Data from the American Time Use Survey and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.” TB-1954, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, July 2019.