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Faculty and students in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics study the production, distribution, and consumption of food, fiber, and energy in both well-developed and less-developed countries. To address these issues, the department emphasizes the development and application of rigorous economic theory and quantitative methods. Researchers strive to understand and improve government policy, market performance, environmental quality, the efficiency of natural resource use, and economic welfare. The department offers the popular Managerial Economics undergraduate major and top-rated Ph.D. and Masters programs in Agricultural and Resource Economics.

New ARE Job Placements: Kate Fuller, Montana State University

Kate Fuller will join the faculty of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. She will begin her position as an assistant professor/extension specialist on July 1, 2014. Kate’s research interests include agricultural pests and diseases and agricultural research and development. Her thesis title is "The Economics of Pierce's Disease in the California Winegrape Industry," and her dissertation co-chairs are Julian Alston and Jim Sanchirico. As a post-doctoral researcher, Kate co-authored a paper, "Assessing the returns to R&D on perennial crops: the costs and benefits of Pierce's disease research in the California winegrape industry."