Matthew MacLachlan



Matthew MacLachlan is a research economist in the Food Markets branch of the Food Economics Division. His research focuses on forecasting food prices. He has also studied the effect of natural disasters and infectious diseases on livestock producers and markets for animal products. He has developed approaches for quantifying the impacts of infectious diseases when data are scarce, responses are delayed, or the effect when it is difficult to isolate the impact from other changes.


After completing his Ph.D., Matthew joined ERS in 2015. He had previously worked as a field biologist with Blankinship and Associates. 


Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis; B.S. in Environmental Biology and Management, University of California, Davis; B.A. in Economics, University of California, Davis.

Professional Affiliations

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

Selected Publications

Sneeringer, S., Short, G., MacLachlan, M. and M. Bowman. 2020. “Impacts on Livestock Producers and Veterinarians of FDA Policies on Use of Medically Important Antibiotics in Food Animal Production.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Modjtahedi, B.S., Finn, A.P., Barb, S.M., MacLachlan, M.J., van Zyl, T., Papakostas, T.D. and D. Eliott. 2019. “Characteristics and outcomes of endogenous endophthalmitis: eight-year experience at a tertiary care center.” Ophthalmology Retina.

MacLachlan, M.J., Ramos, S., Hungerford, A. and S. Edwards. 2018. Federal Natural Disaster Assistance Programs for Livestock Producers, 2008–16. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Motamed, M.J., Hungerford, A., Rosch, S., O’Donoghue, E., MacLachlan, M.J., Astill, G., Cessna, J. and J. Cooper. 2018. Federal Risk Management Tools for Agricultural Producers: An Overview. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Ramos, S., MacLachlan, M.J. and A. Melton. 2017. Impacts of the 2014-2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak on the US Poultry Sector. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

MacLachlan, M.J., Springborn, M.R. and P.L. Fackler. 2017. “Learning about a moving target in resource management: optimal Bayesian disease control.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics99(1), pp.140-162.

Springborn, M., Chowell, G., MacLachlan, M.J. and E.P. Fenichel. 2015. “Accounting for behavioral responses during a flu epidemic using home television viewing.” BMC infectious diseases15(1), pp.21.

Carter, C.A., Gruère, G.P., McLaughlin, P. and M.J MacLachlan. 2012. “California’s Proposition 37: effects of mandatory labeling of GM food.” ARE Update15(6), pp.3-8.