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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AREC Welcomes Neslihan Uler

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Dr. Neslihan Uler is the newest assistant professor in the department. Uler previously taught as an assistant research professor at the University of Michigan for nine years. Here at the University of Maryland, she teaches intermediate applied microeconomics, or AREC326. Uler said she feels proudest when at the end of the semester, students come and thank her for the class and say that they enjoyed and liked it. She is primarily interested in public economics, experimental economics, behavioral economics and environmental economics.

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 of Agricultural and Resource Economics seeks multiple faculty appointees who will develop distinguished research and teaching programs in one or more of the following areas: environmental economics, applied econometrics, and applied microeconomics or experimental/behavioral economics, or related fields. 

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