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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Values, Mission and Vision

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) has gone through many changes since it – then called Rural Economics – was founded in 1904. One constant has been the department's commitment to fulfilling Ohio State’s land-grant mission as part of the cornerstone college of The Ohio State University.

Core Values

  • Excellence: An aspirational goal to be outstanding in research, teaching, outreach and extension and leadership in service to the University, profession and society
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion: Excellence can only be achieved if we value and support diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work
  • Integrity, transparency and trust: Constructive and respectful engagement, honoring differences and actively supporting varied paths to achieving excellence for students, faculty and staff


Create meaningful impact through excellence in the generation and exchange of knowledge in agricultural, environmental, development, regional and related fields in applied economics. This is achieved through innovative and creative research, inclusive classroom experiences, mutual respect for competing ideas, constructive engagement with diverse audiences and disciplines and a continual commitment to valuing, encouraging and rewarding diversity of thought, skills, activity and outcomes.


To promote an inclusive, equitable, prosperous and sustainable society through the generation, teaching and application of knowledge in applied economics.