Quinton Baker

Research Agricultural Economist


Quinton Baker is a research agricultural economist in the Food Markets Branch of the Food Economics Division in USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). His primary research interests include food marketing, food costs, and food system sustainability. Quinton also oversees ERS's Food Dollar Series data product, which is updated annually to answer the question, “where do our food dollars go”?


Quinton joined ERS in January 2021, upon completion of his doctorate from Michigan State University. In his dissertation, he studied the work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents to participate in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Ph.D. economics & M.A. economics, Michigan State University.
B.B.A. economics & B.S. mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.