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.

Lorin Rudin-Rush selected as member of 2024 Farm Foundation scholars

Rudin-Rush, a first year PhD student, is one of twenty graduate students who will receive inspiration and training in agricultural policy, commodity market analysis, agricultural finance and other applied fields.

Expanding broadband internet in Wisconsin

Graduate students Mckenzie Boyce and Vikas Gawai are analyzing the economics behind the broadband access gap and the benefits of closing it. Their research supports broader efforts to bring high-speed internet to underserved Wisconsin communites.

Spotlight: Alumnus Kat Eugster, B.S. '23 Agricultural Business Management (ABM)

Director of Operations for her family’s farm business, Eugster is a young entrepreneur with her own start-up bouquet business, who found the mix of business and agriculture courses in the ABM major to be a perfect fit for her future career plans.

AAE Professional Master's Program (MSPO) enrollment continues to grow

Now in its fifth year, AAE's Professional Master’s (MSPO) program continues to grow. This fall 15 new MSPO students enrolled in the program.

New Faculty Profile: Dustin Frye

Frye’s research fields include urban economics, development economics, and economic history. His recent work focuses on the historic and contemporary consequences of Federal Indian Policy with an emphasis on property rights and governance.

Social networks and urban sanitation decisions in Senegal

Laura Schechter studied how to better manage latrines in Dakar, Senegal, to help reduce childhood illness and death.