Stephanie Rosch

Stephanie Rosch

Agricultural Economist


Stephanie joined ERS in 2015 after completing her graduate studies.  Prior to graduate school, she worked as an environmental consultant at The Cadmus Group, as a researcher at the Tellus Institute, and as customer support consultant at Akamai Technologies.  She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania from 2003-2005. 

She has been the recipient of a U.S. Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security (2012-2013), a U.S. Embassy Policy Research Fellowship (2012-2013), and a Kruhe and Ross Fellowship form Purdue University.  Her dissertation, "Why Don't Small-Scale Producers Supply French Bean Export Markets in Kenya?" examined the impact of imperfect contract enforcement and partner search frictions on farmers' willingness to contract to supply French bean markets.  She has also conducted research on problems of information and contracting in Azerbaijan; contract designs for dedicated energy crops in the United States; and linkages between climate change, agriculture, and poverty.


Stephanie Rosch is a Research Agricultural Economist in the Agricultural Policy and Models Branch in ERS's Market and Trade Economics Division.  Her research focuses on agricultural risk management policies and behavioral and experimental approaches to agricultural risk management.


Ph.D. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University.
B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professional Affiliations

Stephanie is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the American Economic Association, and the Economic Science Association.

Selected Publications

Rosch, S., and D. L. Ortega (forthcoming).  “Willingness to contract vs. opportunity to contract: a case study in Kenya’s French Bean Export Market,” Agricultural Economics

Yoder, J. R., C. Alexander, R. Ivanic, S. Rosch, W. Tyner,  and S.Y. Wu (2015). “Risk versus reward, a financial analysis of alternative contract specifications for the miscanthus lignocellulosic supply chain,” BioEnergy Research 8(2):644-56.

Alexander, C., R. Ivanic, S. Rosch,  W. Tyner, S.Y. Wu, and J.R. Yoder (2012). Contract theory and implications for perennial energy crop contracting, Energy Economics 34(4):970-79.

Hertel, T. W., and S.D. Rosch (2010). “Climate change, agriculture, and poverty,” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 32(3):355-85.