Applied Economics - Graduate Program

Applied Economics @ Hatfield


Specialists in Applied Economists use economic models and theory to inform a wide range of choices made by producers, consumers and policymakers. This is applied to areas such as natural resources, the environment, agricultural marketing and food systems.

OSU's highly-ranked Applied Economics graduate program trains students in advanced economic theory and quantitative economic analysis methods leading to analytical and policy applications. The program emphasizes economic applications to real-world settings and cross-disciplinary collaborations in two primary fields: environmental and resource economics and development economics.

  • The close proximity of federal agencies such as USDA, EPA, NOAA, USFWS and DOE, and state agencies such as Oregon’s Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Quality create unique opportunities to engage in research and collaborations with truly interdisciplinary faculty and researchers.
  • Our program size allows for students to have frequent and focused interaction with our world class faculty in small class settings.
  • Over half of our PhD degree recipients are placed in academic positions. The others obtain positions with consulting firms, state and federal research agencies, and research departments of major banks, industry and trade associations.