Jessie Lin

Research Agricultural Economist


Jessie is a research agricultural economist in the International Trade and Development Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division at the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).


Prior to joining ERS in 2023, Jessie was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Goettingen’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, in the Chair of Environmental and Resource Economics . In this research position, she was associated with the research training group “Sustainable Food Systems”. She has also worked as a policy analyst consultant for the United Nations’s Food and Agricultural Organization. Jessie’s research has primarily focused on the role of institutions and how the institutions affect agricultural value chains and agricultural productivity.


Ph.D.: University of Goettingen (Germany), 2020

M.Sc.: University of Hohenheim (Germany), 2016

MPP: University of Maryland, 2009

BA: University of Utah, 2007

Professional Affiliations

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

European Association of Agricultural Economists

Selected Publications

Ma, M., J. Lin, & R. Sexton. 2022. “Smallholder Versus Large-Scale Farming Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Economies: A Welfare Analysis,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Lin, J. 2021. “Fiji’s Participation in the Global Coconut Calue Chain: Opportunities and Challenges,”  Journal of Agribusiness in Development and Emerging Economies.

Lin, J., I. Flachsbarth, & S. von Cramon-Taubadel. 2020. “The Role of Institutional Quality on the Performance in the Export of Coconut Products,” Agricultural Economics