Jeffrey Bloem

Jeffrey Bloem

Agricultural Economist


Jeffrey Bloem is a development economist with the International Trade and Development Branch in the Economic Research Service’s Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED). His research focuses on applied development microeconomics with applications in agricultural economics, poverty alleviation, conflict, labor, and education. Jeffrey also is co-organizer of the Online Agriculture and Resource Economics Seminar (OARES).


Jeffrey received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics in 2020 from the University of Minnesota. He received his M.S. in 2016 from Michigan State University and his B.S. in 2013 from Calvin University.

Selected Publications

Alloush, M. and J.R. Bloem. 2022. “Neighborhood Violence, Poverty, and Psychological Well-Being,” Journal of Development Economics, vol. 154, January.

Adjognon, G.S., J.R. Bloem, and A. Sanoh. 2021. “The Coronavirus Pandemic and Food Security: Evidence from Mali,” Food Policy, vol. 101, pp. 1-13, May.

Bloem, J.R. 2021. “Aspirations and Investments in Rural Myanmar,” Journal of Economic Inequality, vol. 19, pp. 727-752, July.

Bloem, J.R. and C. Salemi. 2021. “COVID-19 and Conflict,” World Development, vol. 140, pp. 1-9, April.

Bellemare, M. and J.R. Bloem. 2018. “Does Contract Farming Improve Welfare? A Review,” World Development, vol. 112, pp. 259-271, December.

Bloem, J.R., D. Boughton, K. Htoo, A. Hein, and E. Payongayong. 2018. “Measuring Hope: A Quantitative Approach with Validation in Rural Myanmar,” Journal of Development Studies, vol. 54, issue 11, pp. 2078-2094, August.