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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In Memory of Richard Adams

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

Our Students

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Nolan Carson | Environmental Economics and Policy | Sutherlin, OR 

Sustainability Chair of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity | CAS Ambassador

Community Engagement and Leadership employee | LEAP Club President

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Chase Adams | Memphis, TN | Alumni

B.S. Agricultural Business Management | M.S. Applied Economics

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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Graduate Programs

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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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...

Responding to an industry need, Oregon State University Extension Service welcomed two new agricultural economists in 2022.

Dan Bigelow and Tim Delbridge are assistant professors in the Department of Applied Economics and hav...

A paper from Professor Nadia Streletskaya (and others) was just published in the journal Food Quality and Preference. ⁠The paper, entitled "How information leads consumers to select specialty foods when tasting is not an option," evalu...

OSU has been selected to co-lead a $30 million U.S. Department of Agriculture regional food business center that will support farmers, ranchers and other food-related businesses to access new markets and navigate federal, state and loc...