Resources and Development

The Resources and Development (R&D) emphasis area allows Ph.D. students to develop expertise in the application of economic theory and quantitative methods to problems and issues related to the subjects of natural resource and environmental economics, economic development, and regional economics. The significant overlap among these subjects allows students the flexibility to select courses and research topics relevant to more than one subject.

Students in the R&D emphasis area have opportunities to interact with faculty, staff, and the programs in the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES), Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU), Community Policy Analysis Center (CPAC), the Missouri River Institute (MRI), and the Truman School for Public Affairs. In addition, R&D faculty are involved in three Graduate Certificate Programs in Community Processes, Society and Ecosystems, and European Union Studies, as well as the Interdisciplinary Minor in International Development. The graduate certificate programs and minor afford students an additional way to enhance their particular interests.

In completing the course requirements of the emphasis area, a student is expected to acquire in-depth understanding in one of the three subjects offered in the R&D emphasis area (natural resource and environmental economics, economic development, and regional economics). The minimum course requirements for a Ph.D. student in the R&D emphasis area are:

  1. AG EC 8230 (Welfare and Consumption Economics); and
  2. one course (three semester credits) in the student's specialty, selected from natural resource and environmental economics (AG ECON 8410 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics), economic development (AG EC 8430 International Agricultural Development Policy), or regional economics (AG EC 9310 Rural Economic Growth and Development or AG EC 9320 Regional Economic Theory and Methods).

A student's dissertation should be written on a topic related to the R&D emphasis area, and of interest to the student's doctoral program committee. The latter is composed, in part, of faculty in the R&D emphasis area. Examples of areas in which past graduate students have written dissertations and/or that are of interest to R&D faculty include:

  • agricultural adaptation to climate change,
  • conservation and management of protected areas,
  • economic impacts of land use change,
  • environmental impacts of agricultural production,
  • water resources management,
  • causes and consequences of rural out-migration,
  • impact of livestock processing on rural communities,
  • adoption of environmental management practices,
  • feasibility and economic benefits of bioenergy production,
  • knowledge spillovers in rural areas,
  • rural labor markets,
  • agricultural land values and factors influencing them, and
  • grazing systems management.

Core Faculty

Faculty in the R&D emphasis area have expertise in community economics, ecological economics, economic development, economics of tourism, farm management and production economics, international development, land use change and analysis, natural resource and environmental economics, public finance, public lands management, public policy, quantitative methods, regional economics, transaction costs of agri-environmental policies, and institutional economics.

  • Thomas Johnson, Professor, Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • Michael Kaylen, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Raymond Massey, Extension Professor, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
  • Laura McCann, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Kevin Moore, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • Judy Stallmann, Extension Professor, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Corinne Valdivia, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

Courses in other departments related to emphasis area

(excluding courses in economic theory and econometrics; see graduate catalog for course descriptions)

  • BIO EN 7350 Watershed Modeling Using GIS (3). (same as Civil Engineering 7720)
  • CV ENG 7230 Introduction to Water Quality (3)
  • CV ENG 7250 Environmental Regulatory Compliance (3)
  • ECONOM 7326 Economics of International Trade (3)
  • ECONOM 7362 Welfare Economics (3)
  • ECONOM 7371 Applied Econometrics (3)
  • ECONOM 8470 Dynamic Optimization (3)
  • ECONOM 9426 International Trade (3)
  • ECONOM 9460 Development Economics (3)
  • FOREST 7350 Forest Economics (3)
  • FOREST 7380 Forest Resource Management (3)
  • FOREST 7390 Watershed Management and Water Quality (3)
  • FOREST 8530 Ecosystem Management: The Human Dimension (3)
  • F & W 7600 Wildlife Conservation (4)
  • F & W 8420 Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology (3)
  • F & W 8560 Conservation Biology/Endangered Species Management (3)
  • GEOG 7840 Geographic Information Systems I (3)
  • GEOG 7940 Geographic Information Systems II (3)
  • NAT R 7353 Natural Resource Policy/Administration (3)
  • NAT R 7365 GIS Applications (3)
  • PUB AF 8190 Economic Analysis for Public Policy I (3)
  • PUB AF 8191 Economic Analysis for Public Policy II (3)
  • PUB AF 8320 Spatial Analysis for Public Affairs (3)
  • PUB AF 8330 Informatics and Governance (3)
  • PUB AF 8420 Public Policy Design, Evaluation and Implementation (3)
  • PUB AF 8430 Public Policy Analysis (3)
  • PA 8850 - Policies and Institutions of the European Union (3)
  • RU SOC 7310 Sociology of Agriculture and Natural Resources (3)
  • RU SOC 7370 Environment and Society (3)
  • RU SOC 7445 Smr on Issues in the Sociology of Agriculture & Natural Resources (3)
  • RU SOC 9480 Quantitative Applications in Community Research (3)

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