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.

A New Era for Wisconsin Trade?

Hear from AAE Professor Ian Coxhead and other experts discuss the implications for Wisconsin of new global trade agreements on WisconsinEye.

Economy Looms Large in 2020 Election

AAE Professor Steve Deller knows that the state of the economy will be extremely important as voters in swing states like Wisconsin head to the polls in 2020. Read on to hear what he has to say about how it could affect local and national elections.

AAE Grad Student Awarded

Congratulations to AAE graduate student Erik Katovich who received one of this year's Early Excellence in Teaching Awards from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Our undergrads are lucky to have him as a TA.

REDA Graduates Impacting the Energy Sector

All 2019 REDA graduates hold professional positions, and 85% received analyst jobs 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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Department Seminar

Monday, January 6, 2020
Max Kapustin , University of Chicago Crime Lab
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Friday, January 17, 2020
Casey Wichman , University of Chicago
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Friday, January 24, 2020
Eric Edwards , North Carolina State University
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Monday, January 27, 2020
Dawn Thilmany , Colorado State University
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Monday, January 27, 2020
Will Rafey , MIT
1:30pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Ana Varela Varela , Columbia University
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Friday, March 6, 2020
Craig Gundersen , University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Development Economics Workshop

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Vasily Rusanov , NYU
3:45pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Ian Coxhead , University of Wisconsin - Madison
3:45pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

Applied Economics Workshop

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Licheng Xu , University of Wisconsin - Madison
12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Kangli Li & Jordan van Rijn , University of Wisconsin - Madison
12:00pm Online - link coming soon

AAE Events