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.

Chuck Nicholson joins AAE faculty

Nicholson’s interest in agriculture began when he served in the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic. He will focus on dairy economics, addressing dairy market and policy issues, and food systems modeling.

Adam Theising PhD ‘21 receives Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA) award

Adam Theising PhD ‘21 Awarded the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA) prestigious Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Honorable Mention

Adam Theising headshot

Marin Skidmore PhD ’20 and Kait Sims PhD x’22, receive grant

As members of the Gibbs Environment and Land Use Lab (GLUE), the two are studying health effects of agricultural intensification and deforestation in the Amazon (Photo: Gibbs Lab)

Study finds higher unemployment rates due to COVID-19 in rural counties that rely on dairy and animal agriculture

Comparing unemployment rates between sectors of three states, crop-based agriculture was not as severely impacted. (Photo: UW-Madison)

MSPO program welcomes students back to campus

Now in its fourth year of existence, the M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics (AAE)—Professional Option (MSPO) program welcomed 12 new students this Fall semester.

MSPO and VISP Students