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.

AAE Welcomes New Chair, Dan Phaneuf

Dan Phaneuf, an environmental and resource economist, became chair in July. In addition to teaching and research, Phaneuf is president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and editor of Land Economics.

New Faculty Hire: Priya Mukherjee

AAE welcomes Priya Mukherjee, a development economist interested in education, health, and governance; her research team was recently selected for funding from the World Bank Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SEIF) COVID-19 emergency window.

How is the Pandemic Impacting Working Women in Wisconsin and Beyond?

AAE faculty Tessa Conroy evaluated national data from the U.S. Census Bureau for labor trends among working women, and short-term and long-term implications during this time of COVID.

From Renewable Waste to Revenue Streams: Opportunities for Wisconsin

In October, AAE faculty Paul Mitchell and Steve Deller were featured speakers at a conference titled “Advancing Wisconsin’s Rural Bioeconomy”, hosted by the Wisconsin Energy Institute.

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 2020-2021.

Save the Date: 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum January 26

The 2021 Agricultural Outlook Forum will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 and will feature the topic "COVID-19 and Opportunities for Wisconsin Agribusinesses".