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Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics

Faculty working with Students: 27
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.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Political Economy, Theory

Batina, Raymond G, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Public Economics

Blundell, Wesley, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Econometrics, Environmental, Economics, Industrial Organization, and Applied Microeconomics

Brady, Michael P, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Cowan, Benjamin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Health Economics, Labor Economics, and Economics of Education

Espinola-Arredondo, Ana Fabiola, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental Economics and Game Theory
Industrial Organization and Applied Microeconomics.

Fortenbery, Randy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member 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.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Natural resource and environmental economics and issues in development economics.

Gallardo, Rosa Karina, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Technology Adoption, Consumer Demand for Food Products, and Tree Fruit Economics.

Gibson, Mark, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

International Trade, Macroeconomics, Growth and Development, and Industrial Organization.

Jessup, Eric L, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

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.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Institutional Economics, Pedagogy.

Love, Alan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Luckstead, Jeffrey, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Agricultural Economics, International Trade, Industrial Organization, and Econometrics

Mandal, Bidisha, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Health Economics, Health Care Policy, Economics of Gender

Manian, Shanthi, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Development Economics, Behavioral Economics, and Global Health.

Marsh, Thomas Lloyd, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Consumer Demand, Modeling Commodity Markets, Quantitative Methods, and Natural Resource Economics.

McCluskey, Jill J, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member 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, co-chair, or member 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, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Econometrics, Statistics, and Stochastic Economic Analysis

Munoz-Garcia, Felix, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Nadreau, Timothy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Regional Economic Development, International Trade, and Computable General Equilibrium.

Neibergs, Joseph Shannon, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

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

Ortigueira, Salvador, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Fiscal Policy, and Labor Markets.

Prera, Alejandro, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental and natural resources economics, international and development economics.

Yan, Jia, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Transportation Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Applied Econometrics.

Yoder, Jonathan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Environmental, Natural Resource Economics, Contract Theory, Public Policy, and Applied Econometrics.

Contact Information:

Felix Munoz-Garcia
Hulbert 103H
Pullman, WA 99164
509-335-8402
Jaimie Dahl
Hulbert 101D
Pullman, WA
509-335-5555