Agricultural Economics and Policy Analysis


This program focuses on knowledge about how agricultural and food policy and innovation influence markets and, ultimately, human well-being. The program relies on a rigorous approach to agricultural economics that underpins applied analysis, including experimental and behavioral economic models, strategic interaction models, structural economic models, investment or firm models, systems simulation, mathematical programing and econometrics. The EA relies on coursework and research with widely recognized centers for agricultural economics, such as the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), Agricultural Markets and Policy (AMAP), the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC) and the Food Equation Institute (FEI).

Knowledge and skills of graduates

Graduates from this EA will have an understanding of core economic concepts, particularly microeconomics, and be able to relate them to real problems of policy, innovation, and market analysis. Students will be introduced to quantitative methods to develop a toolkit that they can use to approach a variety of problems. The goal of this EA is to train applied economists who can exploit data and other information, however limited, to answer questions that matter. As part of their studies graduates will have worked with faculty that are involved at the highest level in the application of advanced economic techniques in the analysis of policy and markets.

Graduates from this EA will be in a position to take on the challenges of applied economic research and teaching at universities or to conduct applied economic analysis to support decision making in government and industry. Graduates of the program have earned academic, government, private sector, and non-governmental organization jobs.

Faculty Associated With This Emphasis Area

  • Dr. Wyatt Thompson (program coordinator)
  • Dr. Julian Binfield
  • Dr. Scott Brown
  • Dr. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes
  • Dr. Raymond Massey
  • Dr. Laura McCann
  • Dr. William Meyers
  • Dr. Joe Parcell
  • Dr. Teo Skevas
  • Dr. Patrick Westhoff
  • Dr. Jarrett Whistance
  • Dr. Abner Womack