Welcome to the Department of Applied Economics
The mission of the Department of Applied Economics is to help rural communities in Utah, the Intermountain West, and beyond thrive economically. Student training, academic research, and extension efforts are focused on issues that are most important to rural communities: food and agriculture, environmental quality and allocation of natural resources, and regional development.
Economics is the study of allocating our scarce resources among humankind’s seemingly endless variety of needs and wants. This places economists and economic analysis at the center of virtually every important discussion and debate about how nations, firms, and people should organize resources to address these needs and wants. As a result, economics offers an exciting and dynamic field of study and research for students that will prepare them well to become tomorrow’s decision makers.
Our award-winning faculty members not only make a difference as they teach on the USU campus but they seek to serve the world beyond our Logan campus through their significant research and extension activities. Thank you for your interest and feel free to contact any member of our faculty or staff for additional information about economics and our department.