College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics


Symons Hall

AREC is a world-class department focused on agricultural economics and policy, environmental and natural resource economics, and economic development.  The faculty are renowned for their scholarship and research, policy experience, and professional service.  Our top-ranked Ph.D. program has a diverse and high-quality student body from the U.S. and countries around the world.  Our undergraduate agricultural and resource economics major and new global poverty minor allow students to learn from leading scholars in small classes.  Policy and public education programs address issues of importance to stakeholders at local, state, national and international levels.   Browse our www site to learn more about our outstanding people and programs.

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Nathaniel Higgins

Nathaniel HigginsNathaniel Higgins (Ph.D. 2010) is a fellow with the U.S. Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST). The SBST was established by President Obama to utilize behavioral science insights to better serve the American people. Dr. Higgins conducts research with several U.S. agencies on improving government programs to better serve citizens by streamlining and enhancing how information is disseminated. His recent SBST collaboration with the USDA microloans program significantly increased the participation of farmers.
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Welcome First Year Grad Students

AREC Grad students at Franklin's

AREC recently held its annual New Graduate Students Happy Hour. The incoming students were joined by their mentors and other grad students for an enjoyable evening of food and fun. The event was held at Franklin's Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store.

We are very excited to welcome our new students to the college and look forward to getting to know each of them over the course of the year.

UMD Graduate School Awards

Aaron Adalja and Uttara Balakrishnan

Congratulations to AREC graduate students Aaron Adalja and Uttara Balakrishnan. Aaron received the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award. Uttara received the Summer Research Award.

Contact Information

University of Maryland
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
7998 Regents Drive
Symons Hall, Rm. 2200
College Park, MD  20742

Phone: 301-405-1293
Fax: 301-314-9091

Employment Opportunities

The Department seeks multiple faculty appointees who will develop distinguished research and teaching programs in one or more of the following areas: agricultural economics; environmental, resource or energy economics; international trade or economic development; and applied econometrics, applied microeconomics or experimental/ behavioral economics in relation to the above fields. 

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