Agricultural and Resource Economics M.S.

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Program overview

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.

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

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Ryan Bresnahan

Hometown: Chatham, New Jersey

Research interests: Consumer preferences, consumer decision-making, experimental economics

Hobbies: Exercising, hiking, sports, and relaxing

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Polina Dineva

Hometown: Bayville, New Jersey

Research interests: Environmental Economics, Climate Change and Water Policy, Sea-Level Rise, Environmental Justice

Hobbies: Traveling, Hiking, Swimming, Rock Climbing

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Pius Lwiyiso Kilasy

Hometown: Njombe, Tanzania

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

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Caroline May

Hometown: Exton, Pennsylvania

Research interests: Dietary choices, social determinants of health, social marketing

Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, and swimming

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Julia Parker

Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

Research interests: Sustainable development and incentivizing prosocial behavior

Hobbies: Tennis, reading, and keeping houseplants alive

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Lily DeCaro

Hometown: Madison, New Jersey

Research interests: Consumer preferences and all things food

Hobbies: Gardening, running, dogs, and traveling

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Suraj Gurung

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

Research interests: Consumer preference, agricultural policy & sustainable development, experimental economics, and development economics

Hobbies: Trekking, travelling, listening to acoustic music, and writing 

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Rachel King

Hometown: Seaford, Delaware

Research interests: Environmental Economics, agriculture, and resource/land conservation

Hobbies: Traveling, being outdoors, and reading

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Mujahidul Islam

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research interests: Dynamics of economic and ecological system, Economics of land use, Environmental policy design and evaluation

Hobbies: Travelling, road biking, and sports

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Mona Mapunda

Hometown: Morogoro, Tanzania

Research interests: Women in agriculture and women empowerment

Hobbies: Gardening, exploring natural vegetation, and singing

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Sarah Meyer

Hometown: Sussex, New Jersey

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

Faculty advisors

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