David Oppedahl

Senior Business Economist

David Oppedahl is a senior business economist in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Oppedahl conducts research on the agricultural sector and rural development, as well as analyzes business conditions and the regional economy. He directs the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's survey of agricultural banks on agricultural land values and credit conditions and publishes the results in AgLetter—the Chicago Fed's quarterly agricultural publication. In addition to his research, he regularly briefs the Chicago Fed's president on the agricultural economy and organizes the annual Agriculture Conference.

Before starting his career at the Chicago Fed as an associate economist in 1998, Oppedahl was a consultant in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. While at the Dallas Fed, he provided research support in the area of econometrics.

Oppedahl received a BS in mathematics from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, and an MS in statistics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also completed graduate-level course work in economics while attending Southern Methodist University.

Chicago Fed Letter
David Oppedahl | 2020 | No. 431 | February Download
David Oppedahl | 2014 | No. 318b | January Download
David Oppedahl | 2013 | No. 308 | March Download
David Oppedahl | 2012 | No. 295a | February Download
Eric French, Thomas H. Klier, David Oppedahl | 2002 | No. 177a | May Download
Loula Merkel, David Oppedahl, William Testa | 2000 | No. 153 | May Download
Working Papers
Todd H. Kuethe, Chad Fiechter, David Oppedahl | 2021 | No. 2021-16 | October Download
Chicago Fed Data and Blogs
With Chenguang Wang, 2015, "Low Access to Credit Decreases Asset Prices - Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment in Agriculture," 2015 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and Western Agricultural Economics Association Joint Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, July 26-28.

Webinars and Videos

Fed @ Your Desk: An Update on the Agricultural Economy

February 20, 2018
View slides

AgLetter in Perspective

Video Series 
A look at what's happening in agriculture.

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