Why choose Oregon State University for a graduate degree in Applied Economics?

  • Our highly-ranked Applied Economics degrees train students in advanced economic theory and quantitative economic analysis methods leading to analytical and policy applications. The program emphasizes economic applications to real-world settings and cross-disciplinary collaborations in two primary fields: environmental and resource economics and development economics
  • The close proximity of federal agencies such as USDA, EPA, NOAA, USFWS, and DOE, and state agencies such as Oregon’s Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Quality, create unique opportunities to engage in research and collaborations with truly interdisciplinary faculty and researchers
  • Our program size allows for students to have frequent and focused interaction with our world class faculty, as well as small class sizes
  • Over half of our PhD degree recipients have been placed in academic positions; the others obtaining positions with consulting firms, state and federal research agencies, and research departments of major banks, industry, and trade associations
  • Recently named the #4 college town in America, Corvallis is less than 1 hr. 30 minutes from Portland, an hour away from the Oregon Coast, and just over an hour away from the mountains


Featured Students


Srabashi Ray is a third year student in our PhD program. She is studying agricultural and development economics, with a focus on agricultural technology adoption and household level food and nutrition security. Her research will inform policies that incentivize improved agricultural practices in developing countries. Currently her work is based on Tanzania and India. Srabashi has been a TA for graduate and undergraduate courses at OSU. Before moving to the U.S., Srabashi worked with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), New Delhi, as a Research Associate for the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) project. Her work has been presented at the 12th Asian Maize Conference in Thailand and the IEG-IFPRI 2014 conference in New Delhi. She was also a short-term consultant with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), New Delhi. Srabashi has a Masters in Development Studies from Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Bachelors in Economics from University of Delhi.



Jason Beasley is a 3rd year student in the Applied Economics PhD program.  He is pursuing environmental economics and health economics as his fields of study.  Jason is a member of the Coastal Natural Infrastructure project, where he is working in the Coastal Land Use pathway to quantify the determinants of a land-owner’s decision to install coastal armoring.  Jason’s general research interest revolves around environmental and health impacts of land-use changes.  Jason has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Finance, as well as a Masters degree in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Jason recently taught AEC 250, Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy and has worked as a TA for two courses at OSU.