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.

From Beijing to Wausau

In a panel held in June, Ian Coxhead explains how the Trump administration approach to tariffs can have negative consequences for farmers in Wisconsin. From corn to ginseng, farmers across the state are dealing with the impact.

REDA Graduates Making an Impact

REDA alumni are finding success in their new careers in the energy industry, working on issues including solar energy and energy efficiency. The accelerated professional degree provides students with unique skills that are in high demand.

The Questionable Impact of Subsidies

AAE Professor Steve Deller recently was featured on NPR's Central Time talking about whether subsidies for farmers are enough to overcome the impact of recent tariffs. Read why he says the subsidies are 'band-aids on a hemorrhaging wound'.

AAE offers new Professional Master's Degree option

We are now accepting applications for Fall '19 admission to our new 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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