About Resource Economics

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As resource economists, we’re interested in developing creative solutions to complex problems. What incentives work best to inspire consumers and firms to use solar energy in their homes and businesses? How can a community build a new low-income housing development and protect its endangered meadows? Can taxes on high-calorie food products help curb US obesity? How do we minimize foodborne risks in an industrialized food system?

We help influence the choices that people make that affect their environment, their food supply, and their access to natural resources. Our rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students to be thought leaders and researchers who offer policy solutions about these vital allocation decisions. Our department is housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, one of the most innovative and supportive schools on UMass’ flagship campus.

Our department is renowned for its:

Rigorous nature—Our challenging curriculum, which is steeped in mathematics and analytics, trains students to be strong decision makers and statistics interpreters who can tell a story with data. Students should expect to analyze real data to draw conclusions about the world and gain a strong foundation in microeconomics and quantitative methods.

Team-based learning—Our approach to instruction emphasizes collaboration and group decision making—valuable skills for the job market. In our team-based learning classrooms, students sit at round tables and work in teams to solidify and deepen their understanding of course material.

Impassioned faculty—Our award-winning faculty is making meaningful contributions to policy decisions at the federal, state and local level. They offer excellent instruction, work closely with students to develop and test theories and solutions, and publish research in today’s leading journals.  

Flexibility—Both graduate and undergraduate students are invited to choose a focus that fits their interests and career goals. Our academic advisors guide students to find the courses that meet their needs.

Learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs.