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.

A Message from the Chair

Our Summer 2020 Newsletter is now available.

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations to the 55 undergraduate and graduate students members of the Class of 2020!

A New Era for Wisconsin Trade?

Hear from AAE Professor Ian Coxhead and other experts discuss the implications for Wisconsin of new global trade agreements on WisconsinEye.

Economy Looms Large in 2020 Election

AAE Professor Steve Deller knows that the state of the economy will be extremely important as voters in swing states like Wisconsin head to the polls in 2020. Read on to hear what he has to say about how it could affect local and national elections.

AAE Grad Student Awarded

Congratulations to AAE graduate student Erik Katovich who received one of this year's Early Excellence in Teaching Awards from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Our undergrads are lucky to have him as a TA.

REDA Graduates Impacting the Energy Sector

All 2019 REDA graduates hold professional positions, and 85% received analyst jobs within two months of graduation. Students are making an impact in the energy sector immediately, putting their skills to work.