March 5, 2018
The Michigan State University Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE) has been ranked first among all agricultural and applied economics departments in the world for its excellence in developing and publishing impactful research papers and articles by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc).
AFRE is home to some of the world’s premiere agricultural economists including four current Fellows of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the current President of the AAEA, and many award winning tenured and fixed term faculty members.
“It is quite impressive that MSU’s AFRE is ranked as the number one department among all institutions in the field of Agricultural Economics," said Department Chairperson Titus Awokuse. "We have continued to rise in the rankings in recent years. This top ranking is a reflection of the positive impact of the significant volume and quality of scholarship by our faculty and students. Given the ongoing flurries of scholarly activities in AFRE, I’m very confident that we will continue to expand the scope of our professional and societal impact for years to come.”
The rankings by the RePEc are based on the proportion of all working papers and refereed journal articles from individuals affiliated with each institution. AFRE was ranked first among all academic departments globally, and fourth among all institutions, only after the World Bank Group, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
RePEc (Research Papers in Economics) is a collaborative effort of hundreds of volunteers in 95 countries to enhance the dissemination of research in Economics and related sciences. The heart of the project is a decentralized bibliographic database of working papers, journal articles, books, books chapters and software components, all maintained by volunteers.