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Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics

Faculty working with Students: 31
Students: 10
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 30%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE No minimum score required
  • 213 TOEFL Minimum score for computer version
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score for paper version
  • 80 TOEFL Minimum score for computer version

Degree Description:

The PhD in Agricultural Economics is designed to provide the student with an excellent foundation in the theory and methods of economic analysis as well as experience in applied analysis of agricultural, agribusiness, and/or resource economics problems. Career opportunities for agricultural economists also include academia, government, and the private sector. Many academic positions (especially at land grant universities) include salary support for a combination of teaching, research, and/or outreach related to the food and fiber sectors and the natural resource base that supports them.

Admission Requirements:

Statement of Purpose, 3 letters of recommendation, CV, GRE

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Graduates will understand and be capable of applying economic theory and quantitative methods at the highest professional levels of rigor.
  2. Graduates will be trained in critical, integrative, and evaluative thinking at the highest professional levels of rigor.
  3. Graduates will have advanced communication skills oriented towards academic professionals.

Student Opportunities:

The collaboration between students and professors is really close, our offices are often next to each other, and it is common for professors to coauthor papers with PhD students, which turn into journal publications. In the last years, coauthored papers with our students were published in journals such as American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Economic Inquiry, BE Journal of Macroeconomics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Economic Letters, among others. In addition, the environment between students and professors is very collegial, and we meet once a week (normally after seminars) for drinks in a more relaxed environment.

We fund around 80% of admitted students, who receive graduate assistantships from our School. The rest of students are often funded by governments in their home countries, or foundations, such as the Fulbright or the Soros Foundations.

Career Opportunities:

Academia, Government and the Private Sector

Job Market Guide

Career Placements:

The job market placement of our recent PhD graduates has been extremely positive, including positions at the University of Arkansas, Penn State University, Yale University (Post-Doc), University of Connecticut, California State University, Cornell University (Post-Doc), University of New Mexico, Illinois State University, University of Kentucky, University of Oklahoma, University of Georgia, Colorado State University, and University of Nebraska; at government agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture and the United Nations; and firms such as JP Morgan-Chase and American Express.

Faculty Members:

Bai, Jinhui, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Political Economy, Theory

Batina, Raymond G, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Brady, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Specialty crops
Water and irrigated agriculture
Modeling coupled human and environmental systems
Land use, value, and ownership

Casavant, Kenneth, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Transportation Policy and Marketing

Chouinard, Hayley Helene, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Consumer demand for differentiated food products, auction and lottery allocation theory, and agricultural and natural resource policy.

Cowan, Benjamin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Espinola-Arredondo, Ana Fabiola, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental Economics and Game Theory
Industrial Organization and Applied Microeconomics.

Fortenbery, Randy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

My research program currently focuses on agricultural price performance in local and national markets. It looks at impacts of new information on relative prices, as well as overall price levels. I also am engaged in studying the impact of futures price action on the stability of cash prices

Galinato, Gregmar, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Natural resource and environmental economics and issues in development economics.

Gallardo, Rosa Karina, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Agribusiness marketing, consumer demand, value-added food products .

Gibson, Mark, Ph.D.

Iles, Richard A, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Health Economics, Development Economics, Behavioral Economics

Jessup, Eric L, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Improving freight transportation efficiency across all modes and the spatial characteristics influencing facility location decisions for inter-modal truck/rail investments.

Kuzyk, Patricia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Institutional Economics, Pedagogy.

Love, Alan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Industrial Organization, Information Economics, Supply-Chains, and Applied Econometrics.

Mandal, Bidisha, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Health Economics, Health Care Policy, Economics of Gender

Marsh, Thomas Lloyd, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

McCluskey, Jill J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Product differentiation and market power in food industries, including product quality, food safety, and food labeling issues, environmental damage and land use issues.

McCracken, Vicki A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Specialization in General Marketing and Price Analysis, Fruit Marketing, Consumption Analysis, Applied Econometrics.

Mittelhammer, R C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Munoz-Garcia, Felix, Ph.D.

Research Interests

– Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory and Industrial Organization.
– Public and Environmental Economics.

Neibergs, Joseph Shannon, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Production economics of livestock industries, agribusiness and the commodity markets for livestock products.

Prera, Alejandro, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Environmental and natural resources economics, international and development economics.

Rosenman, Robert E, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Shumway, Richard, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Production economics, taxation

Tian, Can, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Business Cycles, Industry/Firm Dynamics, Production Network, Search and Matching Theory

Tozer, Peter Rex, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Production economics, farm and ranch management, economic analysis of farming systems, analysis of production agriculture.

Wandschneider, Philip, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Non-market valuation, water economics and policy, the economics of sustainable agriculture.

Yan, Jia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Transportation Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Applied Econometrics.

Yoder, Jonathan, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

Dr. Jill McCluskey
Washington State University
PO Box 646210
Pullman, WA 99164-6210
509-335-2835
509-335-1173
Felix Munoz-Garcia
Hulbert 103G
509-335-8402