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.
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.
What's Standing Between Seeds and African Farmers
AAE Professor Emilia Tjernström knows that production could improve if farmers in Africa had access to better seeds. Her research is cited in The Economist this week, in an article on what is standing in the way.
AAE Fulbright Scholar in Brazil
AAE Ph.D. candidate Marin Skidmore achieved her goal of getting a Fulbright to to research in Brazil. Read about her work on smallholder farmers, and how they are impacted by the availability and quality of water.
Reducing Dairy Emissions
AAE Affiliate Mark Stephenson was part of the Dairy Coordinated Agriculture Project, which aimed to help farmers meet a target of reducing emissions by 25% by 2020. They discovered that some environmental measures could also boost profits.
REDA Graduates Impacting the Energy Sector
All 2019 graduates hold professional positions and 85% received analyst positions 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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Development Economics Workshop
Applied Economics Workshop
- November 20Credit Union and Bank Subprime Lending in the Great RecessionJordan van Rijn & Kangli Li, University of Wisconsin - Madison12:00 PM, Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
- November 21Heterogeneous firm responses to environmental changes: evidence from meat production in the Brazilian AmazonMarin Skidmore, University of Wisconsin - Madison3:45 PM, Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
- December 4Rural Broadband: The Connection to Entrepreneurship by Business Size and GenderTessa Conroy, University of Wisconsin - Madison12:00 PM, Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)