Research That Makes a Difference
- Members of the Department are committed to research that makes a difference. Our degrees are based on empirical economic analysis that can transform lives through policy, markets, and management. We are known for:
- International economic development projects that improve lives and provide graduate students with overseas research opportunities in developing countries. View Food Security Group awards.
- Environmental and resource economics projects that enable graduate students to collaborate with environmental scientists on tackling sustainability challenges. View recent output.
- Food and agricultural business management and markets projects that engage graduate students in business and market analytics. View IFAMA MSU Graduate Student Award.
- Regional economic development and policy projects that use economic tools strengthen and spread domestic prosperity. View State/Local Government Team.
Financial Support for Graduate Study
- Many graduate students can obtain funding for their graduate degrees either through a departmental half-time graduate assistantship, or through outside scholarships or fellowships. Research assistantships, which call for diverse skills and experience that fit with funded projects, are the main internal funding source.
Outstanding, Friendly Students
- The AFRE Graduate Student Organization sponsors informal seminars and social activities, manages Cook Hall (where our grad students are housed), and represents students in making graduate program policy.
- Our graduate students have a long tradition of working together. Study groups are common both for working on class assignments and studying for comprehensive examinations.
- Of the roughly 90 students enrolled, about 40% are doing MS and 60% doing Ph.D. degrees; half are women, and half are from outside the United States (some 30 countries)
Excellent Facilities and Job Placements
- Graduate student offices are in Cook Hall, next door to the Morrill Hall of Agriculture where faculty offices reside. Apart from excellent offices and study rooms, students manage their own kitchen and lunchroom.
- Job placements put students where they want to work, in academia, industry, government and research institutes. Job candidates have a web page for employers to view.
- The Department boasts an accomplished and philosophically diverse faculty. This diversity provides students with an unusually broad set of perspectives and tools for solving applied problems. Distinctions include:
- Fellows in international professional associations:
Michigan State University distinctions
- Robert Myers, University Distinguished Professor
- Richard Horan, Thomas Reardon, and Scott Swinton MSU Outstanding Faculty Award
- Thomas Jayne, MSU Foundation Professor
- Adesoji Adelaja, John A. Hannah Distinguished Chair in Land Policy
- Patricia E. Norris, Guyer-Seevers Chair in Natural Resource Conservation
- H. Christopher Peterson, Homer Nowlin Chair of Consumer-Responsive Agriculture
- Mark Skidmore, Betty and David Morris Chair in State & Local Public Finance
- David Hennessy, Elton R. Smith Chair in Food and Agricultural Policy
Strong Departments in Complementary Disciplines
- Solving applied problems in today’s world requires applied economists to integrate knowledge from many disciplines, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics has a close working relationship with the Department of Economics, which has leading faculty in econometrics and applied microeconomics. Economics faculty members often serve on guidance committees for agricultural, food and resource economics students. Opportunities exist for pursuing Ph.D. dual majors between the two departments.
- Other departments with which Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics have close teaching or research collaboration include Crop, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Animal Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife, Forestry, Community Sustainability, and Sociology.
- Many faculty members engage in multidisciplinary research projects with faculty members from other fields. Interdepartmental graduate specializations are an avenue for cross-disciplinary collaboration.