Environmental and Development Economics

Associated Doctoral Faculty

  • Corinne Valdivia (program coordinator)
  • Jere Gilles
  • Harvey James
  • Sarah Low
  • Ray Massey
  • Laura McCann
  • Hua Qin
  • Teo Skevas
  • Judy Stallmann
  • Pat Westhoff

Knowledge and Skills of Graduates

Researchers need the ability to both identify real world questions and design appropriate research to provide policy guidance. This requires understanding the context of the problem, including physical, institutional, and socio-economic factors, conceptualizing the problem, developing a theoretical framework and deriving testable hypotheses, designing the analytical approach/methodology, identifying and collecting appropriate primary or secondary data conducting appropriate analysis (quantitative/qualitative), interpreting research results, and writing a thesis/dissertation as well as journal articles. Graduates will have the skills to communicate with different types of decision makers, which entails translating the research into actionable information.

MS Degree Program (total 30 hours)

Degree Requirements

Core courses: 15 hours

  • Intermediate microeconomics (AgEc 7240, Econ 7351 or Econ 7332)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (Econ 7353)
  • or Economics of Institutions and Organizations (AgEc 8050)
  • Quantitative methods (Stat 7510, Econ 7371 or RuSoc 7120)
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (AgEc 8410)
    • or International Agricultural Development Policy (AgEc 8430)
  • Research Methods and Design (AgEc 8510/RurSoc 8510)

Electives: 9 hours

Choose three from the following courses:

  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (AgEc 8410)
    • or International Agricultural Development Policy (AgEc 8430)
  • Agricultural Risk Management (AgEc 7295)
  • Food and Agricultural Policy (AgEc 8265)
  • Economic and Sociological Approaches to Collective Action (AgEc 8610)
  • International Comparative Rural Policy (AgEc 8860)
  • Welfare and Consumption Economics (AgEc 9230)
  • Social Change and Development (RuSoc 7335)
  • Advanced Social Statistics (RuSoc 8130)
  • Seminar in Sustainable Development (RuSoc 8287)
  • Community, Natural Resources and Sustainability (RuSoc 8436)
  • Other quantitative or qualitative methods course (approval required)

Thesis or non-thesis: 6 hours

  • If thesis track, then Masters Thesis Research (AgEc 8090)
  • If non-thesis track, then additional coursework in specialization

Notes

Specific courses can be substituted with approval by advisor and program coordinator. Students are responsible for meeting all requirements of the department, division, and university. Students must have at least 30 credit hours from courses numbered 7000-9000 of which 15 credit hours must be from courses numbered 8000-9000 and no more than 40% of credits from problems, readings or research hours.

PhD Program (total 72 hours)

Degree requirements

Theory core courses: 15 hours

  • Advanced Microeconomics (AgEc 9040 or Econ 9451)
  • Economics of Institutions and Organizations (AgEc 8050)
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (AgEc 8410)
  • International Agricultural Development Policy (AgEc 8430)
  • Welfare and Consumer Economics (AgEc 9230)

Methods core courses: 9 hours

  • Research Methods and Design (AgEc 8510/RurSoc 8510)

At least two other methods courses, the specific mix of courses will be determined in conjunction with the advisor based on the proposed research. They may consist of a mix of quantitative, qualitative, survey methods, and mixed methods courses (e.g., Econometric Methods I (Econ 8472), Applied Econometrics (Econ 8473), Advanced Empirical Methods (Econ 9446), Multivariate Statistics in Psychology (Psych 9710), Latent Variable Models in Statistical Analysis (Psych 9720), Advanced Social Statistics (RuSoc 8120), Methods of Qualitative Research (RuSoc 8540), Community Survey Research (RuSoc 9480), Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (RuSoc 9510), Applied Statistical Models II (Stat 8220). Students should already have the equivalent of the quantitative methods courses required at the MS level.

Cognate Field: 6 hours

  • Two courses from Psychology, Rural Sociology, Geography, Natural Resources, Truman School, Plant Sciences, Soil and Environmental Sciences, or Nutrition

Dissertation research: 12 hours

  • Doctoral Dissertation Research (AgEc 9090)

Electives: 30 hours

Suggested courses include Economic and Sociological Approaches to Collective Action (AgEc 8610), Community, Natural Resources and Sustainability (RuSoc 8436),  International Comparative Rural Policy Studies(AgEc 8860), Food and Agricultural Policy (AgEc 8000-level), Seminar in Sustainable Development (RuSoc 8287), Advanced Microeconomics 2 (AgEc 9042 or ECON 9452), Innovation and Regulatory Policy (AgEc 9265). Up to 30 hours may be transferred from the MS.

Examinations

The Qualifying Exam process is set by members of the emphasis area, possibly in coordination with Agricultural Economics and Policy Emphasis Area. Grades in the first year must be a GPA of at least 3.25. A written exam will be taken after the first year in the PhD program and will include Microeconomics, Welfare Analysis, and a Required Set of Readings. The Comprehensive Exam process will take place at the completion of the course work. It will include a written and oral exam that includes the dissertation proposal. The format will be determined by the student’s dissertation committee. The Comprehensive Examination must be completed at least seven months before the final dissertation defense.

Electives can include a minor or certificate.

Students are responsible for meeting all requirements of the department, division, and university. Students must have at least 72 credit hours from courses numbers 7000-9000, of which no more than 30 credit hours can be transferred in from MS.