Welcome to the Department of Economics

We are proud to be one of only a handful of departments nationwide that combine general economics and agricultural economics in one department. The department was organized in its current form in 1930, and has a long history of excellence in scholarship and education.

We offer B.S. degrees in Agricultural Business, Economics, and Business Economics, and both Ph.D and M.S. degrees in Economics and Agricultural Economics.  Through an active program of co-operative extension, we provide vital information and decision support to the citizens of Iowa. Our nearly forty faculty aspire to excellence in the production, dissemination, and application of economic knowledge.

We are committed to establishing a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging where each member of our community feels welcomed and valued. We believe that our commitment to creating a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment that welcomes respectful conversation and avoids ad-hominem criticism is the way to achieve excellence in all we do.

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Sep 22, 2023

To start, I’ll clarify a couple pieces of the question. First, from Lacy et al. (2019): A binding price floor is a legal minimum price, set by the government, at which a good can be sold.

Sep 9, 2023

Disclaimer.  The following is not intended as investment advice. You should consult a financial advisor who knows the tax and real estate issues related to New York City as there are likely many factors to consider.