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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Kourtney Lehman | Agricultural Business Management

Class of 2022 | Baker City, OR

2019-2020 National FFA Secretary

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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

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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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...

Cantal cheese

New research from Oregon State University sheds light on consumer habits and food labels, specifically with cheese. “Well, cheese is interesting and Oregon has a lot of great cheeses, with a lot of small producers," noted OSU Assistant...

The Letitia Carson Legacy Project

Salem, OR – The Letitia Carson Legacy Project presents the Letitia Carson Digital History Collection, an online database to support the continued study of Letitia Carson. This new resource...