Karen Maguire

Research Agricultural Economist


Karen Maguire is a research agricultural economist in the Conservation and Environment Branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division of USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS).


Karen joined ERS in December 2020. Prior to joining ERS, she was an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University in the economics department at the Spears School of Business. Her research focused on the effectiveness of renewable energy and climate change policy—as well as—the effects of energy development on local economic outcomes, community well-being, and bird populations.


Karen holds a PhD and MA in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also holds a BA in biology from Clark University.