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.

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates

Congratulations to this year's graduates. We can wait to see your future.

Congratulations to our Scholarship Recipients

AAE celebrates all of its graduate and undergraduate scholarship recipients for 2017-18. Students received more than $100,000 in scholarships to support research, study and travel.

students standing with faculty


AAE Professor Dan Phaneuf and graduate student Jennifer Raynor look at what pollution caused by Foxconn could cost the fishing industry.

Faculty Spotlight

AAE Professor Brian Gould has been sharing his passion with Wisconsin students and farmers for more than 30 years. He was recently named the Renk Professor of Agribusiness, and currently serves as the Chair of the Undergraduate Committee.


  • Department Seminar
    Friday, September 7, 2018
    Andrew Plantinga, University of California, Santa Barbara
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, September 14, 2018
    Samuel Bazzi, Boston University
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, October 19, 2018
    Wolfram Schlenker, Columbia University
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, October 26, 2018
    Price Fishback, University of Arizona
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, November 2, 2018
    Jeremy Magruder, University of California, Berkeley
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)
    Friday, November 9, 2018
    Maria Rosales, University of California, Irvine
    12:00pm Taylor-Hibbard Seminar Room (Rm103)

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