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.

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This fall we have nearly 200 students to our graduate and undergraduate programs. AAE now offers four graduate degree options, along with two majors and two certificates for undergrads. Learn more and apply today for Fall 2020.

What's Standing Between Seeds and African Farmers

AAE Professor Emilia Tjernström knows that production could improve if farmers in Africa had access to better seeds. Her research is cited in The Economist this week, in an article on what is standing in the way.

AAE Fulbright Scholar in Brazil

AAE Ph.D. candidate Marin Skidmore achieved her goal of getting a Fulbright to to research in Brazil. Read about her work on smallholder farmers, and how they are impacted by the availability and quality of water.

research group in Brazilian forest

Reducing Dairy Emissions

AAE Affiliate Mark Stephenson was part of the Dairy Coordinated Agriculture Project, which aimed to help farmers meet a target of reducing emissions by 25% by 2020. They discovered that some environmental measures could also boost profits.

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REDA Graduates Impacting the Energy Sector

All 2019 graduates hold professional positions and 85% received analyst positions within two months of graduation. Students are making an impact in the energy sector immediately, putting their skills to work.

AAE offers new Professional Master's Degree option

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2020 admission to our professional master's program. The program prepares students to enter the workforce in both the US and abroad in data-intensive and quantitatively focused jobs.

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EVENTS

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Department Seminar

Friday, September 6, 2019
Mark Borgschulte , University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Friday, September 20, 2019
Cesi Cruz , University of British Columbia
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Friday, September 27, 2019
Morgan Hardy , NYU Abu Dhabi
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Friday, October 11, 2019
Koichiro Ito , University of Chicago
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Friday, October 25, 2019
Miri Stryjan , Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Friday, November 1, 2019
Priya Mukherjee , College of William and Mary
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Development Economics Workshop

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Matt Klein (JMC) , University of Wisconsin - Madison
3:45pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Russell Toth , University of Sydney
3:45pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Marin Skidmore , University of Wisconsin - Madison
3:45pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Applied Economics Workshop

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Yuji Saikai (JMC) , University of Wisconsin - Madison
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Jared Hutchins (JMC) , University of Wisconsin - Madison
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Jacquelyn Pless , MIT
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Justin Winikoff (JMC) , University of Wisconsin - Madison
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Irene Jacqz (JMC) , University of Wisconsin - Madison
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Gerrit Gonschorek , University of Freiburg
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Sabine Liebenehm , University of Saskatchewan
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Licheng Xu , University of Wisconsin - Madison
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Jordan van Rijn & Kangli Li , University of Wisconsin - Madison
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Tessa Conroy , University of Wisconsin - Madison
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

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