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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.

Dalia Ghanem Joins ARE Faculty

Dalia Ghanem has recently joined the ARE faculty, as an assistant professor. Her fields of interest are econometrics and environmental economics. Her work in econometrics is focused on improving existing methods for using longitudinal or panel data for economic and policy analysis. Her environmental research examines air pollution in China.

Dalia grew up in Egypt where she attended the German School in Alexandria. She received her B.A. in Economics and Political Science at the American University in Cairo (AUC), an M.Sc. in Econometrics at London School of Economics, and her Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation examined identification and estimation issues in nonlinear panel data models. Panel data are becoming widely available in many fields, including ARE.

This spring, she is teaching econometrics to the first-year Ph.D. students, where she hopes to inspire them to learn and use state-of-the-art quantitative methods.