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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Job Market Candidates

Hire a UW-Madison Ph.D.! We are proud to provide interested institutions with a preview of our Ph.D. candidates who are available for employment in 2019-2020.

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Quantifying Disruptive Trade

AAE Professor Tom Rutherford, together with his co-authors, have released a paper that provides an empirically grounded assessment of recent tariffs fueled by a wave of nationalist political movements, and their effect on the global economy.

REDA accepting applications for Fall 2019

Interested in gaining data analysis skills that will prepare you for a career in the energy industry? Then the Master's in Resource and Energy Demand Analysis is for you. Apply by January 15 for scholarship consideration.

AAE offers new Professional Master's Degree option

We are now accepting applications for Fall '19 admission to our new 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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AAE Students Around the World

AAE graduate students have been traveling around the world to share their work and learn from others. Consider including AAE in your end-of-year giving. Support will provide continued support for our students and their research.


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