Our faculty members are involved in cutting-edge research projects that affect real change in the world. Topics include industrial organization and food marketing; natural resource management and environmental policy; and experimental economics.
Faculty members and students are conducting exciting researching that includes the economics of food quality, certification, traceability, labeling; trade agreements and food quality; structure and strategies in the food system; price discrimination and competitiveness; and demand analysis. Work on these was done with funds from Hatch (the Experiment Station), the Food Marketing Policy Center for Research, and under a USDA AFRI grant.
Read about our study on trimming obesity.
Faculty and graduate students are actively conducting research on the following topics: valuation of non-market goods; natural resource and environmental regulations; fisheries policies; energy economics; and the health impacts of environmental issues.
View our study about adopting renewable energy sources.
The Department has conducted a wide variety of research projects that incorporate controlled laboratory experiments. We have two faculty members whose research predominantly uses experimental methods as well as a four other faculty who use these methods as part of their research portfolio.
Visit the Experimental Economics Program website.
M.J. Alhabeeb and Sheila Mammen conduct research in the area of family and household economics. Dr. Mammen’s research focuses on low-income rural mothers’ work/life decisions, their satisfaction with life and coping ability in light of persistent food insecurity, and poverty dynamics. Dr. Alhabeeb is conducting research on a long-term study of adolescent behavior with a new focus on how out-of-school activities contribute to positive youth development as part of a multi-university study.