Agricultural and Resource Economics

Department Head

Professor Rigoberto A Lopez


Bravo-Ureta, Lopez, Pomeroy, and Swallow

Associate Professor


Assistant Professors

Campbell, Dunn, Fiala, Liu, and Towe

Associate Research Professors

Andreyeva and Cotti

Assistant Research Professor


Associate Professor-in-Residence


M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics are offered. Study may be undertaken in four broad areas, namely Food Marketing and Industrial Organization, Environmental and Resource Economics, Health Economics, and Economic Development. Examples of sub-areas of specialization include prices and market performance, production economics, applied econometrics and statistics, environmental economics, benefit-cost analysis, economics of recreation, natural resource economics, economics of fisheries and aquaculture, sustainable economic development, and agricultural and resource policies.

The graduate program includes courses designed to provide a foundation in theory, empirical methods, and policy. Ph. D. students take additional courses in their field of interest prior to carrying out dissertation research. For M.S. students, the opportunity of selecting a specialized study area is offered via a thesis (or a non-thesis research project and additional course work). Graduate students usually take courses from our Department and, in addition, select complementary offerings from the Departments of Economics, Natural Resources and the Environment, and Statistics, as well as the School of Business. Further information regarding graduate program structures and course requirements is available in the Departmental Graduate Bulletin (which may be downloaded from the Agricultural and Resource Economics website –

Admission Requirements

The Department recommends that applicants for admission to the master’s program have a background of basic courses in undergraduate level economics, mathematics, and statistics, although there are no fixed requirements. Applicants to the Ph.D. program are expected to have superior preparation in these subjects.  All applicants for a graduate assistantship are also required to submit scores from the GRE General Test.

Special Facilities and Opportunities

Graduate students have exclusive access to a computer lab with state-of-the-art equipment, software, and wireless internet. The Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy has extensive scanner data and a collection of all major food industry trade publications. Several faculty members are engaged in international research, teaching, and policy projects that present numerous opportunities for graduate student participation. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the Department website for a more detailed description of program offerings and faculty interests.

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