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Chris Barrett

Christopher B. Barrett

Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and David J. Nolan Director of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

In Brief

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is located in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Its internationally renowned areas of expertise in food and agricultural economics, management, environmental and resource economics, and international and development economics work in concert to fulfill the School’s mission to inform and foster the public stewardship and private management of businesses, organizations, livelihoods, and natural resources. The Dyson School offers the B.S., M.S., M.P.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and conducts frontier research and delivers innovative extension/outreach programs in all four of the School’s areas of expertise. Its undergraduate degree is accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
 
The naming gift to honor Charles H. Dyson allows the School to strengthen and expand its teaching, research, extension, and outreach activities in pursuit of the broad mission of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to develop leaders, improve lives, and shape the future.

Who We Are, What We Do

The Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management is a large and diverse School in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Our 40 professorial faculty and 10 non-professorial faculty are internationally known scholars with training in the fields of applied economics and management science. The AEM community also includes approximately 700 undergraduates, 90 graduate students, and 40 members of the professional and support staff.

Since its inception in 1909, the Dyson School (formerly the Department of Applied Economics and Management) has earned a national and international reputation for its unique combination of quality and breadth in research, undergraduate and graduate education, extension, and outreach. As part of the nation's only Ivy League institution with a land grant heritage, the School has flourished and evolved over the last century with a mission to engage in "frontier research and innovative education/outreach that inform and foster the public stewardship and private management of businesses, organizations, livelihoods, and natural resources."

The Dyson School is a highly regarded leader in applying practical, applied economics and management tools on every continent to solve the world's most significant business and social issues. From the economics of biofuels and imperiled water resources, to oil production in the Middle East; from trade agreements with the European Union to forging economic relationships with the rapidly developing economies of China, India, and Africa; from the determinants of poverty at the household level to the causes of global financial contagion; from insights into the economics of consumer behavior and food psychology, to their impacts on food consumption and nutrition; and from the management of all types of businesses, from farms and family owned firms, to global food retailers, Fortune 500 businesses, and entrepreneurial endeavors—the Dyson School has been the springboard of a wide array of innovative programs that puts Cornell's research at the forefront of the most important global challenges of today and Cornell's footprint at the highest levels of policy advice on the global stage.

aacsbOur undergraduate program is among the largest and most selective majors on the Cornell campus and features 10 concentrations in both applied economics and management. The program is accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, making us one of only two accredited undergraduate business degree programs in the Ivy League. Our graduates (about 220 per year) have a high placement rate and their starting salaries are considerably higher than the national average of business majors. The Dyson School's undergraduate program is currently ranked #3 by BusinessWeek and #10 by U.S. News and World Report.

The graduate program in the field of Applied Economics and Management awards Ph.D., M.S., and M.P.S. degrees. The quality of our program and students has been recognized by an unsurpassed string of M.S. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation awards from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). Graduates accept important academic, government, or business positions. The Dyson School's graduate field is ranked in the top 10 of both of the most recent (2010) National Research Council rankings. Cornell's offerings in development economics, whose largest group of faculty and graduate students are based in the Dyson School, is currently ranked 9th in U.S. News and World Report.

The Dyson School faculty have an enviable record in applied research. One-third of the professorial faculty have refereed journal publication rates that place them in the top 5 percent of the broader economics profession and are frequent contributors to the highest-ranked journals in their academic fields. The faculty also have well-above-average citation rates, an enviable record of editorships, and they receive more than $2 million in research grants and contracts each year. They are active members of think tanks and distinguished research organizations, such as the Brookings Institution, CEPR, IZA, and NBER, as well as regular advisors of such organizations as the EPA, FAO, IMF, World Bank, USAID, and the USDA. They maintain extensive links with the Cornell community through such graduate fields as demography, economics, international development, natural resources, policy analysis and management, public affairs, and regional science, to name a few. They also serve as leaders and contributing members in CIIFAD, CALS International Programs, David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Institute for the Social Sciences, and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

The Dyson School's extension and outreach programs are valued by their clientele and recognized nationally as diverse, innovative, and effective. Core areas relate to production, marketing, and public policy in the food system, as well as community development, rural land use, and resource and environmental issues in New York State and beyond.

On behalf of the outstanding people who make up the community known as the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, we hope you enjoy our web site and become a regular visitor. Please feel free to contact us if we can provide you with any additional information.