Elizabeth Dobis

Elizabeth A. Dobis

Research Agricultural Economist


Elizabeth A. Dobis is a research agricultural economist in the Rural Economy Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division.


Elizabeth joined ERS in March 2020. Before joining ERS, she was a postdoctoral scholar in the area of regional economic growth and development with the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development at Penn State University. She also worked as a research assistant and postdoctoral research associate for the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University. Her research interest is spatial economic analysis, particularly pertaining to health, demography, and communities.


Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in agricultural economics from Purdue University specializing in space, health, and population economics. She also holds a B.S. in economics, a B.A. in geography, and a minor in mathematics from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

Professional Affiliations

Elizabeth is a member of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), Regional Studies Association (RSA), Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), and American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE).

Selected Publications

Dobis, E.A., M.S. Delgado, R.J.G.M. Florax, and P. Mulder. 2020. "Hierarchy and Spatial Contagion: Population in American Cities Between 1990 and 2010." Journal of Economic Geography 20(2): 397-418.

Dobis, E.A., H.M. Stephens, M. Skidmore, and S.J. Goetz. 2020. "Explaining the Spatial Variation in American Life Expectancy." Social Science & Medicine 246: 112759.

Dobis, E.A., N. Reid, C. Schmidt, and S.J. Goetz. 2019. "The role of craft breweries in expanding (local) hop production."Journal of Wine Economics 14(4): 374-82.

Cromartie, J., D. Nulph, G. Hart, E.A. Dobis. 2013. "Defining Frontier Areas in the United States." Journal of Maps 9(2): 149-53.