Monte Vandeveer

Research Economist


Monte Vandeveer is a research economist with the Animal Products and Cost of Production Branch, in the Market and Trade Economics Division at the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).


Monte Vandeveer grew up on a farm in south central Kansas, and he studied agricultural economics at Kansas State University for his B.S. and M.S. degrees. He received a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 1990. He has worked in university Extension for Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska, with a focus on farm management topics, and he also worked in Hanoi, Vietnam, for three years with a nonprofit organization. Monte also spent several years with ERS after returning from Vietnam, with a focus on crop insurance and livestock market outlook. His current duties at ERS are with the Cost of Production Estimates team.


Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 1990.

M.S., Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, 1986.

B.S., Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, 1984.

Selected Publications

Goodrich, Brittney; Jisang Yu, and Monte Vandeveer. “Participation Patterns of the Rainfall Index Insurance for Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Program.” The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance – Issues and Practice 45(2020): 29-51.

Yu, Jisang; Monte Vandeveer, Jerry D. Volesky, and Keith Harmoney. “Estimating the Basis Risk of Rainfall Index Insurance for Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage.” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 44(1): 179-193.

Westerhold, A.; C. Walters, K. Brooks, M. Vandeveer, J. Volesky, and W. Schacht. “Risk Implications from the Selection of Rainfall Index Insurance Intervals.” Agricultural Finance Review 78:5 (October 2018): 514-531.

Goodwin, B.K., M.L. Vandeveer, and J.L. Deal. “An Empirical Analysis of Acreage Effects of Participation in the Federal Crop Insurance Program.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 86(November 2004): 1058-1077.

Young, C.E., M.L. Vandeveer, and R.D. Schnepf. “Production and Price Impacts of U.S. Crop Insurance Programs.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 83(December 2001): 1196-1203.

Vandeveer, M.L. “Demand for Area Crop Insurance among Litchi Producers in Northern Vietnam.” Agricultural Economics Vol. 26, No. 2 (November 2001): 173-184.

Vandeveer, M.L., and E. Loehman. “Farmer Response to Modified Crop Insurance: A Case Study for Corn in Indiana.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 76 (February 1994): 128-140.