Dr. Jeff Reimer named Department Head of Applied Economics

Following an extensive search, the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University has named Dr. Jeff Reimer as the department head for Applied Economics, effective July 8, 2024.

Reimer has been in the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University since 2005, and has served as the interim department head since September of 2022. His research concerns topics in international trade, agricultural economics, price analysis, labor economics, water resources, and general equilibrium modeling. His research program has received over $2.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, and other organizations.  Many of his grants are multi-disciplinary in nature and concern complex societal challenges.  

Reimer earned his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University, and was a research associate with the Food Systems Research Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since joining OSU, he has been the major advisor for 12 graduate students and a committee member for dozens of other graduate students.  His teaching at OSU has focused on agricultural price analysis, international trade, the economics of globalization, and micro-economic theory.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Reimer will continue in this leadership role on a permanent basis,” said Dr. Staci Simonich, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. "His deep understanding of the needs of faculty, students, and stakeholders, along with his recognized national leadership in the field, makes him well-equipped to guide this dynamic department toward sustainable growth."

Reimer previously served as the Director of OSU’s Applied Economics Graduate Program, and as managing editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the primary journal of the Western Agricultural Economics Association. He has had editorial affiliations with three other economics journals and has mentored young professionals within the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.