Agricultural and Resource Economics M.S.
The Master of Science (M.S.) program in Agricultural and Resource Economics provides students with the training to succeed in a competitive Ph.D. program, while offering the perspectives and skills necessary to work for an agribusiness firm or government agency. The program was developed to provide advanced study and experience in natural resources management, field ecology, environmental science and related fields that are not readily available at other local colleges and universities.
Qualified students who are admitted to the M.S. program receive a generous financial compensation package and have access to the resources necessary to conduct high-quality research.
A thesis project is required for graduation; however, this is completed under the advisement and supervision of exceptional faculty.
The deadline to be considered for funding is February 1, but applications after the deadline will be accepted under special circumstances.
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.
Research interests: Consumer preferences, consumer decision-making, experimental economics
Hobbies: Exercising, hiking, sports, and relaxing
Research interests: Consumer preferences and all things food
Hobbies: Gardening, running, dogs, and traveling
Pius Lwiyiso Kilasy
Research interests: Consumer preferences on rice products, cost-benefit analysis and farm accounting, and adoption and uses of improved rice seeds
Hobbies: Sports, music, traveling, volunteering, reading and writing
Research interests: Dietary choices, social determinants of health, social marketing
Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, and swimming
Research interests: Sustainable development and incentivizing prosocial behavior
Hobbies: Tennis, reading, and keeping houseplants alive
Research interests: Environmental Economics, Climate Change and Water Policy, Sea-Level Rise, Environmental Justice
Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Swimming, Rock Climbing
Lindsey E. Kelley
Research interests: Environmental economics with a focus on water quality, environmental cost-benefit analysis, and environmental regulation and policy
Hobbies: Horseback riding, reading about political economy, and volunteering at animal shelters
Research interests: Environmental Economics, agriculture, and resource/land conservation
Hobbies: Traveling, being outdoors, and reading
Research interests: Women in agriculture and women empowerment
Hobbies: Gardening, exploring natural vegetation, and singing
Research interests: Consumer preferences for eco-conscious products, market-based solutions for environmental regulations, and sustainable development
Hobbies: Hiking, tap dance, mixology, and board games
Research interests: Aquaculture, natural resource management, experimental economics, and consumer preferences
Hobbies: Strategic tabletop boardgames and card games, backpacking, cooking, and listening to 70’s and 80’s music
Research interests: Food policy, behavioral economics, mechanisms of choice
Hobbies: Running, mountaineering, reading books, volunteering and community activities