Agricultural & Resource Economics (MS)
The Department takes particular pride in its research program and recognizes that research permits graduate students to demonstrate their creative ability and to attain academic maturity. Students usually begin thinking about their thesis or dissertation project early in their program, with formal planning beginning during the second semester of an M. S. program and at the end of the second semester of a Ph. D. program. Examples of possible research topics are: econometric analysis of food demand and supply, measurement of economic efficiency in agricultural enterprises, market power and industrial concentration, interregional competition, analysis of entry barriers in the food manufacturing industries, evaluating alternative promotion strategies for a commodity marketing board, analysis of public policies to protect open space, efficient design of policies for environmental protection, evaluating the impact of alternative groundwater contamination regulations upon agricultural activity and public welfare, and identifying the determinants of rural-urban migration patterns in less developed countries.