University of Wisconsin–Madison

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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Our incoming class is here and already hard at work. Want to join them next year? AAE is now recruiting graduate students for admission for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications are due starting December 15.

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Faculty Spotlight

AAE Professor Nick Parker was recently cited in the Washington Post, and was awarded by JAERE for his publication on conflict minerals. Learn more about Nick's research and its policy implications in the video below.

In the News

AAE Professor Brent Hueth, together with his co-authors, have released the report 'Improving Data Collection and Measurement of Complex Farms'. The report aims to provide the USDA with guidance on how to update its data programs.

Welcome Sarah Johnston

AAE welcomes new Assistant Professor Sarah Johnston. Dr. Johnston was most recently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Economics here at UW-Madison. Her research focuses on environmental and energy economics.

AAE is hiring

AAE currently seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor with a teaching and research focus on the economics of agriculture in the United States.

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