Stephen Morgan

Research Agricultural Economist


Stephen Morgan is a research agricultural economist with the International Trade and Development Branch in the Market and Trade Economics Division (MTED) of the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS).


Stephen joined ERS in 2020. His research focuses on a range of applied development and environmental topics including technology adoption, international trade, agricultural innovation, agricultural productivity, producer behavior, and sustainable intensification. Prior to coming to ERS, he served as an assistant professor of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida. His research focused on experimental economics, and he taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Stephen previously served as a Fulbright Scholar, researching agricultural development and community participation in Zambia and as an intern with USDA ERS, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and the U.S. Agency for International Development.


Stephen received his Ph.D. in Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics from Michigan State University. He also received his M.A. in Political Science from Duke University, and B.S. in Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida.

Professional Affiliations

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

Southern Agricultural Economics Association (SAEA)

International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE)

Selected Publications

Morgan, S.N., N.M. Mason, and M.K. Maredia. 2020. “Lead-farmer extension and smallholder valuation of new agricultural technologies in Tanzania.” Food Policy 97:101955.

Lai, J., S. Morgan, B. Kassas, J. Kropp, and Z. Gao. 2020. "Spending of economic stimulus payments and changes in food purchasing during the COVID-19 pandemic" Choices. Quarter 3.

Morgan, S.N., N.M. Mason, N.K. Levine, and O. Zulu-Mbata. 2019. “Dis-incentivizing sustainable intensification? The case of Zambia’s maize-fertilizer subsidy program.” World Development 122:54–69.