Research Studies

Report: Economic Impact of USDA Export Market Development Programs

This study by Informa Economics (now IHS Markit) evaluates the impacts of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program using guidelines contained in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Download the report.

Analysis: Economic Impact of Future Funding Scenarios on USDA MAP & FMD Programs

This econometric analysis by Informa Economics (now IHS Markit) measures the effects of two scenarios of increased funding for MAP and FMD programs on export revenue, the farm economy and macro economy. Download the full report.

Summary: Highlights of Studies on the Economic Impacts of Several Export Market Development Programs
SUMMARY | 2018

This summary of return-on-investment studies by Prof. Harry M. Kaiser, Cornell University, of MAP and FMD spending on promotion of U.S. walnuts, pears, cotton, wheat, grains and meat products highlights the vast economic benefits reaped from market development work. In the study period, these six programs cost the government $59.45 million and returned $7.75 billion in export revenue; contributed $23.27 billion to GDP; and supported $6.03 billion in employment income. Download the full summary.

Analysis: EU And Other Selected Foreign Export Promotion Programs

U.S. agricultural product exports (including fish and forestry products) are facing increased competition in overseas markets. This study by Informa Economics (now IHS Markit) provides an assessment of this export competition. It also provides U.S. agricultural cooperators and FAS with a greater understanding of the export market promotion programs these countries use and insights on ways to improve the competitiveness of U.S. programs. Download the executive summary.