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Washington State University Graduate School

Agricultural Economics, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes



Graduates will evaluate and apply economic concepts and quantitative methods:

  1. Knowledge of Economics. Advanced economic theory and quantitative methods will be well understood. Emphasis is placed on development of the formal theory and quantitative tools necessary for original research contributions to the field. Graduates will be capable of making contributions to the literature, as well as conduct applied economic analyses at the highest levels of rigor.
  2. Critical Evaluation. Integrate advanced economic theory, advanced quantitative methods, and institutional knowledge relating to the economic problem context to conduct research at the frontiers of the profession in order to assist consumers, firms, and policy makers in making economically rational decision Graduates will be able to conduct advanced analysis and evaluation of broad economic and social problems concerning the allocation of individual, firm and social resources.
  3. Effective Communication. Advanced written and oral communication skills are necessary to contribute effectively to the economics literature, and are also necessary for efficient and clear dissemination of the knowledge generated from advanced economic analysis to target groups in the private and public sectors.


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