This theme area studies the role of government in economic development, poverty, marketing, international trade, and agriculture. This area emphasizes applied micro-economics in analyzing impacts of a wide range of public policies and programs in developing and developed economies. Students and faculty also study the role of interest groups in the development of policies.


International Policy and Development (IPAD) Workshop

The International Policy and Development (IPAD) workshop is a forum for faculty and students to present research, learn from one another, and build a community of development economics scholars in ACE. This weekly workshop features research presentations on a range of topics related to international policy and development economics. Early stage research is welcome.


AgReach is a smallholder farming initiative that closes gaps in agrisystems so that smallholder farmers thrive. By maximizing the potential of people and technology, AgReach stimulates growth and increases food security.

Center for Climate, Regional, Environmental and Trade Economics (CREATE)

CREATE is a research center devoted to the study of climate change and environmental accounts based on system-wide techniques developed in regional economics and trade economics.

Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL)

The mission of Soybean Innovation Lab, lead by Director Pete Goldsmith, is to provide researchers, extensionists, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and funders operating across the entire value chain the critical information and technology needed for the successful advancement of soybean development in Africa.

ADMI Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss

Empowering smallholders through mechanization solutions to sustainably intensify the agricultural systems.

Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium

ADMI seeks to alleviate poverty and hunger among smallholder farmers by fostering postharvest innovation, identifying impactful postharvest management solutions, and promoting research, outreach, education, and capacity building to reduce postharvest losses in grains and oilseeds.

International Food Security at Illinois

IFSI is working to build better food systems in order to reduce world hunger.

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