Public Policy Analysis

Graduate study in Public Policy Analysis prepares students to evaluate the role of government in a market economy. This would include food and agricultural policy, various regulatory policies (e.g. food and environmental safety, IPR and market structure), and rural development policy and assess the impacts of such domestic and international government interventions. Such skills are suitable for further graduate studies and careers in teaching, research and market analysis at universities, government agencies and agribusiness. The Public Policy Analysis emphasis benefits from the resources and work of the internationally recognized Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) and the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC).

Public Policy Analysis is one of the three emphasis areas for graduate studies in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri. Students who complete the program earn a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics. The curriculum includes core courses in neoclassical economics and neo-institutional theory, statistics, econometrics and research methodology, and specialized courses in welfare economics, theory of markets and agricultural price, policy and trade analysis.

Ph.D. students in Public Policy Analysis are required to take two courses:

  1. AgEc 9265 Food, Agricultural and Rural Public Policy, which is a survey course in policy, and
  2. at least one course from a list of more specialized courses in Agricultural Policy, Regulation, or Rural and Regional Policy.

Core Faculty

  • Julian Binfield, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Scott Brown, Extension Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Professor, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Michael Monson, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Michael Sykuta, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wyatt Thompson, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Patrick Westhoff, Professor, Ph.D., Iowa State University

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