Sharon Raszap Skorbiansky

Research Agricultural Economist


Sharon Raszap Skorbiansky is a research agricultural economist in the Structure, Technology, and Productivity (STP) branch of the Resource and Rural Economics Division at USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). Her research in STP concentrates on advancing the knowledge of the U.S. organic agricultural production sector. She was previously an economist in the Crops Branch of the ERS Market and Trade Economics Division, working on thin markets and price analysis. Between her two ERS tenures, she was the senior feed grain and hemp economist in the Farm Production and Conservation Business Center Economic Policy Analysis Division. Her research focuses on thinly traded and emerging markets—particularly organic, non-GMO, and plant-based markets. 


Sharon received her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 2015, and her B.A. in Economics from the University in Maryland in 2008.

Professional Affiliations

Sharon is a member of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association and the Agricultural Economics Society.

Selected Publications

Raszap Skorbiansky, Sharon, Monica Saavoss, and Hayden Stewart. "Cow's milk still leads in the United States: The case of cow's, almond, and soy milk," Agricultural Economics 53.2 (2022): 204–214.

Raszap Skorbiansky, Sharon, and Michael K. Adjemian. 2021. "Not All Thin Markets Are Alike: The Case of Organic and Non-genetically Engineered Corn and Soybeans," Journal of Agricultural Economics 72(1): 117–133.

Raszap Skorbiansky, Sharon, Suzanne Thornsbury, and Kevin M. Camp. 2021. "Legal Risk Exposure Heightens Uncertainty in Developing U.S. Hemp Markets," Choices 36(1).

Boussios, David, Sharon Raszap Skorbiansky, and Matthew MacLachlan. 2021. Evaluating USDA Long-Run Forecasts for Area Planted, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Economic Research Report Number 285.

Rosch, Stephanie, Sharon Raszap Skorbiansky, Collin Weigel, Kent D. Messer, and Daniel Hellerstein. 2020. "Using Economic Experiments to Promote Evidence-Based Policymaking," Applied Economic Perspectives Policy 43(2): 531–555.

McBride, William, Sharon Raszap Skorbiansky, and Nathan Childs. 2018. "U.S. Rice Production Practices and Costs in the New Millennium," U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Economic Information Bulletin Number 202.

Raszap Skorbiansky, Sharon. 2018. "Investing in Communication: An Experimental Study of Communication in a Relational Contract Setting," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 74:85–96.