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Core Areas

AEREC graduate programs provide students with the tools, skills, and experience necessary to conduct theoretical and applied research in our program's three core areas: food and agricultural economics, environmental and natural resource economics, and regional economic development.

Food and Agribusiness Economics

The food and agricultural system is changing rapidly. Globalization, biotechnology, the Internet, and other forces are altering the landscape for everyone in the food and agricultural system – input supply companies, farmers, food processors, distributors, retailers, and consumers.

Our program can provide students with the economic tools and techniques to understand and improve decision-making by businesses, consumers, and organizations in the food and agricultural system. We provide advanced training in the economics of food and agricultural markets, particularly from the perspective of the food and agricultural system as a whole. We also offer advanced training in economic analysis of international food and agricultural trade, food and agricultural policies, technological change, and how consumer and environmental concerns affect the food and agricultural system.

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

People everywhere have a strong interest in the environment and natural resources. Major issues include climate change, water availability and quality, land use, biodiversity, sustainable development, and the environmental effects of globalization.

Our program provides advanced training in economic methodologies used to assess the benefits and costs of alternative options for protecting natural resources and the environment. We can provide students with the economic tools and techniques needed to understand and improve environmental and natural resource decision-making in the government and private sector. We also offer graduate students the analytical tools to understand interactions between the economy and the environment – how economic change affects the environment and vice versa.

Regional Economic Development

Economic development and growth is a high priority worldwide. However, economic growth is always uneven. Small communities and rural areas face major challenges to their development efforts.

Our program can provide students with the economic tools and techniques needed to understand regional economic development and improve decision-making by citizens and local communities. We are able to provide students with advanced training in the economics of regional labor markets, particularly as labor market conditions affect poverty and unemployment. We also offer advanced training in the economics of population growth, migration, and household decision-making. Our training in regional economic development extends from the United States to countries all over the world.