Michelle Saksena


Michelle Saksena is an Economist at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her current research interests include the economics of ideas, intellectual property, applied microeconometrics, and microeconomics. Prior to working at the USPTO, she was a research economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS) in the Food Economics Division. While at ERS, Michelle authored several peer-reviewed articles and reports, including “America’s Eating Habits: Food Away From Home,” a comprehensive report on food away from home in the United States. Michelle holds a Ph.D. in agricultural, environmental, and development economics from The Ohio State University, a M.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Selected publications

A Dynamic Estimation of Obesity Using NHANES Data: A Pseudo-Panel Approach (With N. Maldonado), Health Economics, 26(12):e140-59, 2017. Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/hec.3488

America’s Eating Habits: Food Away from Home (with various authors), Economic Information Bulletin-196, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Economic Research Service, 2018. Available at: https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=90227

Food Purchase Decisions of Millennial Households Compared to Other Generations, Economic Information Bulletin-186, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Economic Research Service, 2017 (With A. Kuhns). Available at: https://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/pub-details/?pubid=86400