Karen Thome

Karen Thome

Former ERS Staff


Karen is an economist in the International Trade and Development Branch in ERS’s Market and Trade Economics Division. She is part of the International Food Security Assessment team. Her research includes modeling local economic impacts of risk management, food security, and agricultural policy.


Karen joined ERS in 2014. Prior to joining ERS, Karen was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Davis, and consulted for UN-FAO, World Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank. Prior to graduate studies, Karen spent a year at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center.


Karen earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis in 2012. She has a B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College.

Selected Publications

  • Filipski, M.J., J.E. Taylor, K.E. Thome, and B. Davis. 2015. "Effects of treatment beyond the treated: a general equilibrium impact evaluation of Lesotho’s cash grants program," Agricultural Economics 46(2):225-41.
  • Thome, K.E., M.J. Filipski, J. Kagin, J.E. Taylor, and B. Davis. 2013. "Agricultural Spillover Effects of Cash Transfers: What Does LEWIE Have to Say?" American Journal of Agricultural Economics: Papers and Proceedings 95(5):1338-44.