Nathan Kauffman is assistant vice president and Omaha Branch executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In this role, he serves as the Bank’s regional economist and representative in the state of Nebraska, recruits and works closely with the Branch’s board of directors, and is responsible for briefing the Kansas City Fed’s president – a member of the Federal Open Market Committee – on economic and business activity in the state.
In addition, Nathan is the Kansas City Fed’s lead expert in agricultural economics. He oversees several Bank and Federal Reserve System efforts to track agricultural and rural economies, including the quarterly publication of the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions and the Federal Reserve System’s Agricultural Finance Databook. He is also responsible for the Nebraska Economist, a quarterly publication providing insights into the Nebraska economy.
Nathan’s current research focuses primarily on agricultural finance, commodity market analysis, and the rural economy. His additional research interests include international rural development and agricultural trade.
Nathan joined the Federal Reserve in 2012 and served as an economist in the Regional Affairs Department at the Omaha Branch before being named Branch Executive in 2013. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Nathan spent three years in Bosnia and Herzegovina coordinating agricultural economic development projects.
Nathan lives in Omaha with his wife and four children.
Regional Economic Update (10/6/2017)
Statement Before House Committee on Agriculture (02/15/2017)
Ag Finance Conditions (11/29/2016)
Economic Outlook (11/15/2016)
Economic Review Articles
- "Have Extended Trading Hours Made Agricultural Commodity Markets Riskier?"
Third Quarter 2013
- "Farm Investment and Leverage Cycles: Will This Time Be Different?"
with Jason Henderson, Second Quarter 2013
Main Street Economist Articles