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.

Welcome New Students!

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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AAE Professor Sheldon Du, along with co-authors Hongli Feng and David Hennessey, were given the Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article Award Honorable Mention for their article on subsidized crop choice.

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Faculty Spotlight

AAE Professor Laura Schechter's work on sewage disposal in Senegal, together with Economics Professor Jean-Francois Houde and AAE graduate student Josh Deutschmann, was recently featured on the NPR podcast Planet Money.

Book awards for Jason Fletcher

AAE Graduate and faculty affiliate Jason Fletcher and his co-author Dalton Conley recently received two awards for their book The Genome Factor from the American Sociological Society.

Understanding the Poverty-Biodiversity Link

AAE Professor Brad Barham has been helping two former students, Yoshito Takasaki and Oliver Coomes, to uncover the true culprits behind this biodiversity loss. Their research will help inform public policy in the region.

Website Launched

The new Wisconsin National Data Consortium (WiNDC) has launched their new site. The site, which is organized and hosted by AAE, will be home to open-source datasets for economic analysis.


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