Economics for the real world

Deep historical roots.

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was the first such specialized department in the world. Growing from its original focus on issues of land, forests and farm management, the department is continually evolving to address the needs of students, the state of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

Ready for the future.

With research, teaching, and outreach focused on environmental and resource economics, agricultural economics, international development, and community economic development, our faculty’s work addresses some of the world’s most pressing current problems. As one of the top departments in the country, the future of AAE is brighter than ever.

AAE faculty co-founds new program for graduate students and early career economists

The Association for Mentoring and Inclusion in Economics (AMIE) established by AAE faculty Priya Mukherjee and Nishith Prakash of University of Connecticut to support diversity, equity and inclusion among graduate students and early career economi

Recent publications on the status and future of broadband generating extensive interest and news coverage

Two studies explore issues related to broadband coverage and the importance of coverage to community well-being in Wisconsin, with a particular focus on rural communities.

Website helps farmers applying for the USDA Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.

Paul Mitchell, AAE faculty and director of the Renk Agribusiness Institute, created a website to advise farmers on best options for applying for the USDA Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021.

Lusayo Mwakatika BS x’21, Agricultural Business Management, epitomizes Wisconsin Experience

Meet Lusayo Mwakatika BS x’21 Agricultural Business Management, student, intern, leader, officer-and soon to be graduate.

AAE faculty Ian Coxhead contributor to The Developing Economies’ special issue

The Japan External Trade Organization quarterly journal of development studies published a special issue on Vietnam

AAE Welcomes New Chair, Dan Phaneuf

Dan Phaneuf, an environmental and resource economist, became chair in July. In addition to teaching and research, Phaneuf is president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and editor of Land Economics.