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.

Welcome New Students

This fall we have nearly 200 students to our graduate and undergraduate programs. AAE now offers four graduate degree options, along with two majors and two certificates for undergrads. Learn more and apply today for Fall 2020.

Struggling Midwestern Farmers

Suffering from the impacts of flooding, low commodity prices, and trade wars, Midwestern farmers are finding it increasingly difficult to survive. Read what AAE Professor Paul Mitchell and others have to say about their currently bleak outlook.

AAE Fulbright Scholar in Brazil

AAE Ph.D. candidate Marin Skidmore achieved her goal of getting a Fulbright to to research in Brazil. Read about her work on smallholder farmers, and how they are impacted by the availability and quality of water.

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Welcome Andrew Stevens

AAE welcomes new faculty member Andrew Stevens to the department. His research is focused on agricultural and food policy, land use, and econometric analysis. His current work examines economic decision-making throughout the food supply chain.

REDA Graduates Impacting the Energy Sector

Alumni of the master's program in resource and energy demand analysis (REDA) alumni are finding success in their new careers in the energy industry. The accelerated professional degree provides students with unique skills that are in high demand.

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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