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.

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

Changes proposed for NR151 would introduce new standards and prohibitions of nitrate concentrations to improve groundwater quality.

Nouhoum Traoré PhD ’18, wins award from International Association of Agricultural Economics (IAEAE)

Traoré was selected as the 2021 Carl K. Eicher Award recipient, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation relating to agricultural economics applied to an African problem.

Marin Skidmore PhD ’20 and Kait Sims PhD x’22, receive grant

As members of the Gibbs Environment and Land Use Lab (GLUE), the two are studying health effects of agricultural intensification and deforestation in the Amazon (Photo: Gibbs Lab)

Study finds higher unemployment rates due to COVID-19 in rural counties that rely on dairy and animal agriculture

Comparing unemployment rates between sectors of three states, crop-based agriculture was not as severely impacted. (Photo: UW-Madison)

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 faculty Nick Parker part of team lobbying to broaden resource markets for public land leases

Allowing “non-use” into the natural resource marketplace worth consideration as the U.S. government moves to protect and preserve our environment for the future.

Nick Parker

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