Agricultural and Resource Policy

At the department's inception, farm management was the main area of emphasis in ARE. Over time, our department has diversified and modernized, and our research in the area of agricultural and resource economics has expanded well beyond this initial focus. Some aspects of the department's current program include the following:

  • Farmer decision-making
  • Risk and insurance
  • Storage and inventory management
  • Technology adoption and diffusion
  • Farm labor
  • Water and soil conservation
  • Pest management
  • Biofuels and renewable energy

ARE faculty and graduate students have made important contributions over the years to general economic theory regarding decision making under uncertainty, technology choice, environmental health risks, storage and commodity price dynamics and other areas, and have applied these new theories it to problems of agriculture in California and around the world. Departmental researchers have also made important contributions to the literature on water use, resource conservation and pest management.

Farming in developed countries is going through processes of a transition. Its share of GNP is declining, yet it has become part of a large agribusiness sector that includes input suppliers, major distributors, and manufacturers of value-added food and fiber products. ARE conducts research on many problems relevant to the agribusiness complex including

  • Marketing
  • Industrial organization
  • Production contracts
  • Biotechnology and intellectual property
  • Agricultural finance

Much of our work in agricultural economics and agribusiness is closely linked to policy questions. Many departmental faculty and alumni have long and distinguished records of government service, and are at the forefront of policy development and evaluation. Our graduate courses in agricultural and resource policy incorporate techniques of policy evaluation drawn from public finance, welfare economics, and applied econometrics.

Natural resource policy, timber, fisheries
Regional development policy, common property resources, payment for environmental services
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Water policy, valuing environmental benefits
Industrial organization, labor, agricultural economics, marketing, trade, econometrics
Political economy, policy process, policy implementation, environment and economic growth
Development, energy, environment and climate change, trade, food and agricultural policy
Game theory, modeling the policy process, water policy
Industrial organization, consumer behavior, food policy, environmental regulation
Price behavior in markets for storable commodities and implications for econometric estimation, dynamics of policy and capitalization of support payments
Agricultural production under uncertainty, technology adoption, environmental effects of agricultural policy