The department hosts programs to improve the profiability and sustainability of the agro-food system and to comprehensively addressing risk management.
Behavioral and experimental economics uses a sophisticated set of tools that permit greater control over the decision-making environment and insights from psychology to understand preferences, static and dynamic decision-making and policy responses.
The industrial organization program focuses on issues pertaining to the industrialization (fundamental transformation) of the agri-food system that is driven by changes in consumer prefernces, technological progress, global competion and reduced government support to agriculture.
Researchers investigate the role that limited natural resources contribute to economic activity and output, and the relationship people have and the value they place, on those natural resources.
Rural innovation and development faculty and staff are focused on community, economic and business outreach and research that addresses current and emerging issues.