Welcome to the Oregon State University and to the Department of Applied Economics (AEC) web site. AEC has a proud history of research and education in agricultural and resource economics and policy. Reviews of research productivity have ranked AEC in the top five agricultural and resource economics departments in the nation and econphd.net ranked Oregon State in the top ten in the world in resource and agricultural economics. The Department is home to six Fellows of the American Agricultural Economics Association: Rich Adams, John Antle, Paul Barkley, Steve Buccola, Emery Castle and Bruce Weber.

AEC consists of approximately 25 faculty, 35-40 graduate students and over 175 undergraduate student majors. The department is part of the Applied Economics Graduate Program, which offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The department specializes in natural resource and environmental economics, international trade and marketing, rural economics and poverty, and productivity analysis and measurement. Historically, over half of our Ph.D. degree recipients have been placed in academic positions. The department offers undergraduate degrees in Agricultural Business Management and in Environmental Economics and Policy.

In addition to teaching, departmental faculty conduct applied research and develop outreach/extension education programs focusing on the economic and policy dimensions of climate change, marine resources, endangered species, biodiversity, land use, water allocation and water quality, agricultural competitiveness, international trade and development, value-added agricultural products, and rural development, poverty and hunger.

If you would like additional information about the department, contact me by phone at (541) 737-2691 or by email at larry.lev@oregonstate.edu. When you are in the Corvallis area, please feel welcome to visit our department in Ballard Extension Hall.

Warm regards,

Larry Lev, Interim Department Head