Agricultural and Resource Economics M.S.

Ag Resource Economics MS Students

Program overview

The program in Agricultural and Resource Economics leads to the Master of Science degree and offers students the perspectives and skills necessary to understand and work in the general fields of applied economics, agricultural and food economics, resource economics, environmental economics, agribusiness, or government sectors of the economy. Also, a strong intermediate level of training is offered so that students may continue graduate work and obtain a PhD degree. Students completing the M.S. degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics are expected to acquire: 

  • theoretical knowledge in microeconomics and primary data collection necessary to complete human dimensions research; 

  • quantitative skills in econometric modelling as well as best methods for data collection, management, and analysis;

  • competencies in agriculture and food policy, behavioral economics, environmental economics, experimental economics, research methods, resource economics, and/or stated preferences;

  • critical thinking, oral and written communication skills by composing and presenting a thesis.

Course spotlights

Graduate students study consumer theory (e.g., deriving demand), theory of the firm (deriving supply), market equilibrium (putting demand and supply together) and market forms (perfect and not so perfect ones). Instructors then cover more advanced approaches to microeconomic theory, such as social preferences, behavior in the commons, market failures, risk and uncertainty, and we will review some recent literature.

This course introduces the foundational models and ideas of behavioral economics. Behavioral economics aims to increase the realism of standard economic models by accounting for more nuanced behaviors grounded in psychological and sociological insights. The goal is to better understand human decision making and to improve policy recommendations and welfare estimations in cases where traditional economic models fail to capture relevant behaviors. Applications tie to issues in environmental, food, energy and agricultural economics.

Students explore the use of lab and field experimental techniques and randomized controlled trials and their application to economic research. Instructors Introduce students to the classic experimental games and related literature that provide the foundation for ongoing experimental economics research. Material is introduced through hands-on participation in experiments and lectures. Students also conduct their own replication of previously published experiments and write-up results as a final research project for the course.

 

Graduate students

Natalie Baag

Hometown: Newark, Delaware
 

Research interests: Watching movies, trekking, traveling, Mandala art, listening to TED Talks and music

Hobbies: Reading, skiing, hiking, listening to music

Gifty Asantewaa Opoku

Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana
 

Research interests: Development economics, agricultural and natural eesource economics, international trade

Hobbies: Cooking, listening to music and spending time with family

Srabone Saha

Hometown: Sylhet, Bangladesh
 

Research interests: Consumer behavior, neuromarketing, behavioral economics, agri-business, fair trade, experimental economics, and sustainability

Hobbies: Watching movies, trekking, traveling, Mandala art, listening to TED Talks and music

Davidson Obilor Nwaonu

Hometown: Mbaise, Nigeria
 

Research interests: Climate Driven Consumer Choice Analysis, Development Economics, Rural Development and Policy

Hobbies: Surfing the Internet, Writing, Playing Soccer, Drinking Garri

Laura Taylor

Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland
 

Research interests: Sustainable development, environmental economics, consumer decision-making, climate change

Hobbies: Traveling, baking, listening to music, sports events, spending time with friends and family

Osmund Lupindu

Hometown: Kilosa, Morogoro, Tanzania
 

Research interests: Farmer's technology adoption

Hobbies: Soccer and music

Manisha Shrestha

Hometown: Nawalparasi, Lumbini, Nepal
 

Research interests: Agriculture technology adoption, agri-environmental policy, behavioral economics, climate change, agriculture and environmental economics

Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, listening to music, hiking

Md Abedur Rahman

Hometown: Khulna, Bangladesh
 

Research interests: Environmental economics, Economics of climate change, Agricultural, food and resource Economics

Hobbies: Travelling and fishing

Mitchell Stallman

Hometown: Amherst, New Hampshire
 

Research interests: The intersection of environmental and development economics, agri-environmental policy, ecological economics, feminist economics

Hobbies: Any outdoor activity, but mostly climbing and running, cooking delicious vegan meals, guitar

Ahamed Zakaria

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
 

Research interests: Non market valuation, Environmental quality assessment, climate change, human environment interaction

Hobbies: Soccer, playing video games

Faculty advisors

Agricultural and Resource Economics MS | Graduate Programs | University of Delaware
Agricultural and Resource Economics MS | Graduate Programs | University of Delaware
Agricultural and Resource Economics MS | Graduate Programs | University of Delaware
Agricultural and Resource Economics MS | Graduate Programs | University of Delaware
Agricultural and Resource Economics MS | Graduate Programs | University of Delaware
Agricultural and Resource Economics MS | Graduate Programs | University of Delaware
Agricultural and Resource Economics MS | Graduate Programs | University of Delaware
Agricultural and Resource Economics MS | Graduate Programs | University of Delaware
Agricultural and Resource Economics MS | Graduate Programs | University of Delaware
Research News
  • From left to right: Ahamed Zakaria (Applied Economics and Statistics), Emily Morgese (Plant and Soil Sciences) and Srabone Saha (Applied Economics and Statistics) earned awards in the master’s student category.

    Research showcase

    November 29, 2023 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    Nearly 40 graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and undergraduate students descended upon the Townsend Hall Commons to showcase their research and internship work at the Fall 2023 College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Student Research Symposium. The students summarized their findings to judges and curious University of Delaware faculty and staff.
  • Engaging in applied economics

    November 09, 2023 | Written by Katie Peikes
    The field of economics historically has had disproportionately fewer women than men as well as a lack of minority representation. A 2020 economics panel at the Allied Social Science Associations annual meeting said reforms to introductory courses could help solve this problem. Work the University of Delaware’s Center for Experimental and Applied Economics is doing with students before college could be key to getting over this hurdle.
  • Students explore statistics graduate programs at Graduate Data Science and Analytics Open House

    October 19, 2023 | Written by AJ Rubinetti
    Prospective graduate students mingled with faculty members across an array of UD disciplines and took in presentations regarding their respective degrees. In our own college, the M.S. in Statistics and Online M.S. in Applied Statistics both provide flexible opportunities for students to obtain their master’s degrees in the ever-growing field of statistics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statisticians’ rosy career prospects include a 30 percent projected job growth rate this decade.