As a student in the applied economics program, you’ll conduct studies that inform decisions and contribute to legislation about agricultural production and processing and rural economies. For example, you may:
- Design, implement and analyze a survey of consumer attitudes on organic potatoes for the potato industry.
- Create a computer model to estimate irrigated water demand for a regional water supplier.
- Evaluate the history of the international trade of soft wood lumber.
- Determine the impact of a recreational activity, such as snowmobiling, on a local economy.
Choose an emphasis in agribusiness, agricultural economics, natural resource economics or community development.
With the guidance of your personally selected faculty adviser and graduate committee, you’ll conduct a unique and independent research project and present your findings. Select between two options:
- Thesis: Complete two research projects. For each, develop a research methodology, collect data, and interpret and analyze your results. Thoroughly cite sources. Submit a paper and publish your findings in a journal.
- Project: Complete one research project. Analyze an issue for a real-life client. Prepare a professional paper of your project and the results. This option is only for those not receiving financial assistance from the department.
Funded research and teaching assistantships are available. Work alongside faculty members whose current research is exploring the following:
- Seasonal farm workers’ contributions to vegetable production
- Economics of biofuel production
- Social and economic impacts of endangered species designation