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Department of Applied Economics

Welcome to the Department of Applied Economics


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The Department of Applied Economics offers teaching, research, and outreach programs in four broad areas: environmental and resource economics; food systems; growth, development and trade; and public sector economics.   


Congratulations Rob Johansson!

Alumnus Rob Johansson selected to be Chief Economist
at the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Rob received both his PhD and MS from the department.


 Robert Johansson



Robert Johannson was recently selected by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to be the next Chief Economist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  As Chief Economist, he is responsible for the Department's agricultural forecasts and projections and for advising the Secretary of Agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations, and legislative proposals.  He is responsible for the Office of the Chief Economist, the World Agricultural Outlook Board, the Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit analysis, the Global Change Program Office, the Office of Environmental Markets, and the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses.




We divide our research and extension programs into four broad categories:

Environmental and Resource Economics

Managing natural resources and safeguarding environmental quality

Food Systems

Production, distribution and consumption of safe, affordable food

Growth, Development and Trade

Applying economics to improve international development and trade policies

Public Sector Economics

Understanding the economic impact of government choices

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