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Agricultural and Applied Economics


M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics

In this program you can focus on agribusiness, marketing, management, finance, agricultural policy, trade, consumer demand, or economic development. You will learn how to address the marketing of food and fiber in an uncertain economy, financing capital investments, economic impacts of agricultural policy, and how to stimulate rural economic development. You can also select an emphasis in applied economics concentrating on methods for analyzing current problems and issues. The preparation of a thesis prepares you to address today's serious economic challenges.


Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics

As a foundation for this program, you will learn economic theory from the department of economics together with applied economic skills taught within our department. You will learn economic theory related to strategic agent interactions, risky decision making, market power, missing markets, public goods, and welfare. Your economic foundation will be supported with quantitative methods covering econometrics, dynamic optimization, stochastic efficiency, and time series analysis. You will have the option of selecting either applied or environmental economics as a field of study. Applied economics will emphasize issues in consumer and production economics along with market structure. This will include organic markets, financial management, and investment under uncertainty. Environmental economics will address issues of sustainability, energy, nonmarket valuation, and global climate change.