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DESIGNING AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND AGRIBUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • JEFFREY M. GILLESPIE (a1) and MARIA BAMPASIDOU (a2)

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Agricultural economics and agribusiness (AEAB) programs offer their graduates unique exposure to agricultural markets, policy, and production systems, which differentiates them from business programs. Despite the advantages associated with AEAB degrees, a significant challenge universities and AEAB graduates face is a general lack of recognition of what agricultural economics is and what an agricultural economist does. Using data collected from U.S. 1862 and 1890 land grant universities, we stress the importance of designing effective AEAB curricula based on enrollment trends, the desired attributes of graduates, and the current structure of AEAB undergraduate programs.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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*Corresponding author's e-mail: mbampasidou@agcenter.lsu.edu

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The authors would like to thank four anonymous referees and the editors for helpful comments and suggestions. Disclaimer: The views expressed are the authors and should not be attributed to the Economic Research Service or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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DESIGNING AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND AGRIBUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • JEFFREY M. GILLESPIE (a1) and MARIA BAMPASIDOU (a2)

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