Why choose Oregon State University for a graduate degree in Applied Economics?

  • Our highly-ranked Applied Economics degrees train students in advanced economic theory and quantitative economic analysis methods leading to analytical and policy applications. The program emphasizes economic applications to real-world settings and cross-disciplinary collaborations in two primary fields: environmental and resource economics and development economics
  • The close proximity of federal agencies such as USDA, EPA, NOAA, USFWS, and DOE, and state agencies such as Oregon’s Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Quality, create unique opportunities to engage in research and collaborations with truly interdisciplinary faculty and researchers
  • Our program size allows for students to have frequent and focused interaction with our world class faculty, as well as small class sizes
  • Over half of our PhD degree recipients have been placed in academic positions; the others obtaining positions with consulting firms, state and federal research agencies, and research departments of major banks, industry, and trade associations
  • The Applied Economics department is committed to diversity
  • Recently named the #4 college town in America, Corvallis is less than 1 hr. 30 minutes from Portland, an hour away from the Oregon Coast, and just over an hour away from the mountains

Featured Students

Tu is a recent PhD graduate with a focus in Environmental and Resource Economics. Tu went to the Baruch College – part of the City College of New York - for her undergraduate degree. Tu grew up in Vietnam, moving to the United States when she was 18 years old. At Baruch, Tu got a Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in economics. Tu discovered a love for all sorts of writing at college – in fact she was VP of the Baruch Writers Society. At OSU, Tu’s research focus was on the non-market valuation and willingness to pay for coastal restoration and for habitat restoration. Tu worked with five other graduate students from around the country on a project to estimate the impact of marine protected areas under climate change. She developed these interdisciplinary relationships while attending the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) workshop in Annapolis MD. In addition to her research, Tu also taught an undergraduate Principles of Economics this past summer. After graduation, Tu is completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University.


Kedar in a 4th year PhD student. He is originally from India, where he obtained both undergraduate and master’s degrees in economics. Kedar then moved to Paris, France for two years. In Paris, Kedar studied at the University of Paris, obtaining a QEM (Master’s) Joint Degree entitled "Models and Methods of Quantitative Economics." His thesis in Paris was entitled “Indian Agriculture: Productivity, Institutions and Climate Change.” Kedar also spent time at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), a non-profit, policy-oriented, international research center and a think-tank, in Venice, Italy. At OSU, Kedar is studying sustainable development - looking at vulnerable populations in developing countries and how they are reacting to climate change. Kedar was selected to attend the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) Program in Vienna, Austria at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). After finishing his PhD, Kedar hopes for a career in academia so he can focus on continuing his teaching and research. In his free time, Kedar loves to play soccer. Kedar was the soccer team captain in college, but now he plays with other graduate students (when allowed!).

Graduate Student Spotlight

Alejandro Abarca is a second-year student in the Applied Economics Ph.D. program, originally from San José, Costa Rica. 



Rusty Dame is a third-year student in the Applied Economics Ph.D. program, originally from West Palm Beach, FL. 




Nadeeka Weerasekara is a fourth-year student in the Applied Economics Ph.D. program, originally from Colombo, Sri Lanka.



Nathaniel Trull is a fourth-year PhD student originally from Brazil, Indiana.