Wilson Sinclair is an economist in the Food Markets Branch of the Food Economics Division at USDA, Economic Research Service (ERS). His research, data, and outreach responsibilities focus on food expenditures and firm-level decisions in food marketing related to sales, employment, entry, and growth.


Wilson joined USDA, ERS in May 2020. Before 2020, he worked in both trade and natural resource economics.


Wilson received his M.S. in agricultural and resource economics from Colorado State University (2017) and his B.A. in agricultural economics and business from Auburn University (2014).

Professional Affiliations

Wilson is a member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

Selected Publications

Volpe, R., Cai, X., Tseng, M., Zeballos, E., & Sinclair, W. (2022). Changes in the local food-at-home environment, supplemental nutrition assistance program participation, and dietary quality: Evidence from FoodAPS. Journal of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 1, 151–164.

Sinclair, W., & Countryman, A.M. (2019). Not so sweet: Economic implications of restricting U.S. sugar imports from Mexico. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 51(3), 368–384.

Sinclair, W., Huber, C., & Richardson, L. (2020). Valuing tourism to a historic World War II national memorial. Journal of Cultural Heritage.