Purdue Agricultural Economics Honors Program


Undergraduate students with outstanding academic performance (GPA: 3.25) will be invited to join the departmental honors program.


Required Courses

AGEC 375 ( 1 credit) / The Process of Economic Research

(Co-requisites: MA 224 and STAT ) 

AGEC 499 (5 credits) / Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis

Honors students complete a thesis under the supervision of a faculty mentor.  The thesis must be submitted to the honors program coordinator a month prior to graduation, and subsequently be presented to the department.

Honors Program Coordinator

Dr. Todd Kuethe, tkuethe@purdue.edu765-494-4251


Former Honors Students:

​Honors thesis title
​Nick Bowser
Attitudes Towards Healthy Eating Across Demographics
​Dr. Bhagyashree Katare
​Dane Erickson
The Effect of Chronic Wasting Disease on Resident Deer Hunting Permit Demand in Wisconsin
​Dr. Carson Reeling
​Douglas Abney
Web Scraping for Agricultural Related Jobs on Indeed.com An Analysis of the Agricultural Industry’s Job Market​
​Dr. Todd Kuethe
​Mason Gordon
Indiana’s Stellar Communities Designation: An Evaluation of a State Economic Development Program
​Dr. Michael Wilcox
Dr. Larry DeBoer
​Katriel Marks
Analyzing Non-Legal Barriers to Women’s Land Ownership
​Dr. Rhonda Phillips
​Josephine Cameron
Farm policy and foreign food aid: educating students and stakeholders on the Food for Progress program
​Dr. Roman Keeney
​Hillary Vrba
The impact of stress on small business success after Hurricane Katrina
​Dr. Maria Marshall
Andrew Ahlersmeyer
Examining the economic viability of corn after corn cropping systems in the United States corn belt
​Dr. Tim Baker
Dr. Bruce Erickson
​Jiyong Kwon
​The effect of Chinese consumer characteristics on the dining out behavior
​Dr. H. Holly Wang
​Jongho Bae
​Impact of the tariff between the U.S. and China on Soybean Prices and the U.S. Soybean Farmers
​Dr. Otto Doering
​Hao Tian ​An Empirical Study on Rebound Effect of Hybrid Vehicle​​Dr. Michael Delgado​​2018
​Shunpeng Wu ​Influence of import and export prices on grain market during bubble and non-bubble periods​Dr. Michael Gunderson​​2018
​Lifeng Ren ​Immigrant Farm and Agricultural Entrepreneurship​Dr. Bhagyashree Katare​2018
Kezhou MiaoSoft-Drink Consumption Trend in America, could the declining soft-drink consumption in America be applied to all population universally? Especially to children and adolescents.Dr. James Binkley2017
Grant GardnerPredicting Generational Belonging on FarmsDr. Scott Downey2017
Wesley DavisFurther Insights from the Purdue University 2015 Performance Management in Agribusiness SurveyDr. Michael Gunderson2017
Kurt Cheng The Impact of Exchange Rate, Interest Rate, and Output Prices for Intermediate Livestock FarmsDr. Tim Baker2017
Wuzheqian Xiao What Determines Urban Chinese Consumers' Shopping Outlets For Pork?Dr. Holly Wang2016
Shelby SwainFarmer Cooperative Locations Related to Incomes in IndianaDr. Michael Gunderson2016
Thomas FisherCivil War and Child Malnutrition in NepalDr. Jerry Shively2016
Sarah CorrellCollege Bound or Bound to Fail? Determinants of Indiana’s High School Graduation and College-Going RatesDr. Larry DeBoer2016
Katherine ChangThe Power of Asking Questions: Do Belief, Goal and Need-Related Questions Shape People’s Preference towards a Product?Dr. Scott Downey2016
Andrew JohnsonAgricultural credit risk and the macroeconomy: Derteminants of Farm Credit Mid-America PD migrationsDr. Michael Boehlje2015
Erin Whittaker The Fundamental Factors Affecting Corn Price from 1982-2013Dr. Corinne AlexanderMay-14
Andrew Sokolchik Cannabis Farming: The Potential of Hemp in Indiana's Agricultural LandscapeDr. Michael GundersonMay-14
Anbo Wang Performance and Risk of Agricultural Assests: A Time-Varying ApproachDr. Tim BakerDecember-13
Celia Qijun Guan What Causes Teacher Turnover in IndianaDr. Larry DeBoerMay-13
Su Hua To Rent or To Own: The Residential Tenure Choices of Chinese Students in the U.S.Dr. Brigitte WaldorfMay-12
Laura Bohlander The Influence and Relationship between Livestock Producers and Salespeople in the Feed and Animal Health IndustryDr. Alan GrayMay-12
Amy Winter Living and Saving Green: An Economics Assessment of Purdue's Food Waste Handling SystemDr. John LeeMay-12
Jamie Steiner Helping or Hindering Education through School Consolidation: School Building Effects on District Costs and Student Achievement
Dr. Larry DeBoerMay-11
Renee FoltzThe Methodology of Small Business Demise Information RecoveryDr. Maria MarshallMay-11
Bailey Perry An Analysis of the Potential for Producer Profitability Given Changing Consumer Preferences for Pasture DairyingDr. Nicole OlynkMay-11
Carissa McCay Effect of Cooperatives Working Together: Herd Retirements on the U.S. Dairy Herd Size
Dr. Joseph BalagtasMay-11
Jing Hao Buyers' Cartels: An Empirical Study of Prevalence and Economic CharacteristicsDr. John ConnorMay-11
Katharine BartlettEffects of Cattle Density on FMD SpreadDr. Frank DooleyMay-10
Sam ClarkTransitioning to Organic Farming in IndianaDr. Corinne AlexanderMay-10
Ryan CraneManagement Strategies and Philosophies of Successful Farm BusinessesDr. Craig DobbinsMay-09



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