Welcome to the​

Virtual Graduate Recruitment Website

Academic Year: 2020-2021

We sincerely hope that Purdue AgEcon becomes your home Department beginning in August 2020! As you may have seen via email, we recently made the decision to move to a virtual graduate student recruitment format. Dr. Nicole Olynk-Widmar has prepared an official letter on why that decision was made and to answer some early questions you may have. We will continue to update this site as new information is released related to graduate recruitment; however, for the most up to date information related to Purdue University's response to COVID-19, please visit the university's official news site.

We are excited to showcase our Department to you virtually and to show you why this is a Department culture that you will be proud to be a part of. Jayson Lusk, Agricultural Economics Distinguished Professor and Department Head, has prepared a welcome video for you - please see below.

Dr. Jayson Lusk provides an overview of the department and shares a few of the opportunities available to prospective graduate students.

Common Questions and Program Information:

Many frequently asked questions related to our department and graduate studies such as admission, financial aid, program requirements, and contact information can be found on our Graduate Program Page

Research Centers

The agricultural economics department is host to seven research centers each with a different focus:
  • Center for Food & Agricultural Business (website)
    • The Center for Food & Agricultural Business creates and delivers management education programs that combine research with real-world application specifically for the food and agribusiness industries. They offer several programs and workshops on a wide range of agribusiness topics, create custom programs for agribusiness companies, and are home to the MS/MBA in Food and Agribusiness Program. 
  • Center for Commercial Agriculture (website)
    • The Center for Commercial Agriculture is a source of management education and knowledge generation for the farmers in the business of producing the world's agricultural products. Each year they host the Top Farmer Conference and Farm Management Tour. They also produce the Ag Economy Barometer and the Crop Basis Tool. The center host numerous webinars on insurance, risk, crop outlook, and other related topics.
  • Center for Global Trade Analysis (website)
    • The Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) is a global network of researchers and policy makers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues. GTAP is coordinated by the Center for Global Trade Analysis in Purdue University's Department of Agricultural Economics.
  • Center for Regional Development (website)
    • The Center partners with public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to identify and enhance the key drivers of innovation in regions across Indiana, the U.S. and beyond. These drivers include a vibrant and inclusive civic leadership, a commitment to collaboration, and the application of advanced data support systems to promote sound decision-making and the pursuit of economic development investments that build on the competitive assets of regions. Recent research initiatives include: Digital Divide and Broadband studies.
  • Indiana Council for Economic Education (website)
    • The lead unit in an 11-institution network of university centers for K-12 economic education in Indiana. The center is affiliated with the national Council for Economic Education.
  • Purdue Institute for Family Business (website)
    • Conducts research, teaching and Extension programs focused on family businesses
  • State Utility Forecasting Group (website)
    •  Assists the State of Indiana through its forecasts of electricity consumption, prices, and resource requirements. SUFG also performs analyses of a number of issues facing the energy industries

About our Faculty

Our website also includes information about our faculty (directory listing and photo gallery), their areas of expertise, and recent publications.

Faculty Video Highlights

To give you a glimpse into some of our research, we asked faculty members to share videos related to their program. See below.

Dr. Todd Kuethe, Associate Professor and Schrader Endowed Chair in Farmland Economics at Purdue Agricultural Economics shares his research interests and research opportunities for prospective students.

Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics, Tom Hertel talks about research opportunities available to students interested in studying international trade, climate policy, and related topics.  


Aissa Good, Associate Director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business discusses opportunities available to students looking to conduct research on agri-business and related topics.


Dr. Mindy Mallory, Associate Professor and Clearing Corporation Endowed Chair in Food and Agricultural Marketing, shares her research interests and opportunities for prospective graduate students.


Dr. Lusk held a TEDx talk on animal welfare at Purdue (see video above). He was also featured in the following: 

Dr. Larry DeBoer has created a video series related to his local government Extension work. In the video series below, join Dr. Larry DeBoer and Tamara Ogle to find out how Local Government Finance works in Indiana.

The Purdue Institute for Family Business (website/YouTube) conducts research focused on family businesses, along with Extension programming around the state of Indiana. Above is a video related to conflict resolution in family businesses.



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