Applied Economics

We use economic tools to understand and help solve society’s problems, from maximizing local business vitality to limiting environmental degradation and climate change.

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Anne Thrall-Nash | Environmental Economics and Policy | Sustainability

Hillsboro, Oregon | Class of 2022

First Generation Bachelor's Degree Student

Kourtney Lehman | Agricultural Business Management

Class of 2022 | Baker City, OR

2019-2020 National FFA Secretary

Undergraduate Degrees

We offer undergraduate degrees in Agricultural and Food Business Management and in Environmental Economics and Policy. Both programs offer training in economics and quantitative analysis applied to agricultural, environmental, business, and policy issues.

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We award PhD, MS, and MA degrees in Applied Economics. The program includes core courses in economic theory, econometrics, and other quantitative methods. Concentration areas include the economics of natural resources and environment, trade and development, marine resources, and rural development.

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Our colleague worked as a Professor in our department since 1983. Please enjoy this tribute from his many friends, co-workers, and students.


Congratulations to Professor Steve Dundas, part of a transdisciplinary team that recently won an OSU Team Engagement Award of Excellence at the OSU Engagement Conference. ⁠ ⁠

Pictured left to right: Felicia Olmeta-Schultz, Or...


Four decades of conservation spending totaling more than $9 billion in inflation-adjusted taxpayer dollars have failed to improve wild salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River Basin, according to research from Oregon State Unive...


Congratulations to Nolan Carson, Environmental Economics and Policy major, for winning the 2023 CAS Outstanding Senior Award in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University.  The purpose of the award is to recognize...


Work from our faculty members Steve Dundas and Dave Lewis and recent PhD alums Jason Beasley and Yukiko Hashida are cited in the 2023 Economic Report of the President. ⁠

The Economic Report of the President is an annual...