The Department of Applied Economics embraces diversity and excellence. We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided the opportunity to flourish, and unobstructed in their pursuit of excellence. Our goal is to create workplace and classroom experiences that promote academic excellence through cultural diversity and are free of intolerance and coercive behaviors. Multiculturalism promotes an understanding that the human experience includes, but is not limited to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

We are uniquely positioned as an applied social science program within the College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) to address issues of social justice and economics. Faculty currently conduct research and include course material relate to issues of:

  • Economics of racial profiling
  • Earnings inequality and racial influences among educated workers
  • Food insecurity issues among under-represented populations
  • Wage gaps based on race and income levels
  • Earnings impact of attendance at historically black colleges and universities
  • Economic impacts of chronic hunger and poverty in Minnesota
  • Risk management tools for underserved farmers
  • Child care choices, poverty, and placement of troubled youth
  • Early education impacts on performance
  • Obesity issues among Hispanics speaking English