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Mark Prell is a senior economist at the Economic Research Service of the USDA, where he studies economic and policy issues involving food assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program). His recent research has focused on interactions between SNAP and Unemployment Insurance, and on expanding the statistical and research applications of government programs’ administrative records. He has taught at the University of Southern California and UCLA, and served on details at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

He received a PhD in economics from MIT.

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