Department of Agricultural Economics

Agricultural Economics is concerned with production processes aimed at improving the society’s welfare. That is, how to optimize the production, how to minimize the environmental adverse effects associated with producing pollution and use of natural resources and how to achieve food security and improved nutrition. Accordingly, the syllabus of the Department of Agricultural Economics aims at training scientists and experts in the fields of

  • Production economics and farm management
  • Production economics and farm management
  • Agricultural policy and development
  • Agricultural marketing
  • Environmental and natural resources economics

To meet the needs of the society and marketing, two main purposes of the Department of Agricultural Economics are:

  • Training experts in the fields of Agricultural Economics at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels
  • Involvement in research and development programs in the field of agricultural economics

Functions and Capabilities

As an outstanding academic department and as an important part of the Agricultural Faculty at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad the Department of Agricultural Economics intends to

  • Hold on-the-job training courses in various fields of Agricultural Economics, aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of agricultural employees
  • Conduct and supervise research projects in various fields of Agricultural Economics
  • Offer consultation with regard to policy making and the planning of Agricultural Development projects
  • Help graduate students become outstanding researchers

The Department of Agricultural Economics started admitting BS students since 1995. Students at this program learn the principles and fundamentals of Microeconomic and Macroeconomics. Students are also taught how to apply the micro and macro methods to the problems of environment and use of natural resources. The program takes a problem-solving approach to the common problems of agriculture and use of natural resources.

Our Master’s program, which started its activities in 2005, trains students to become experts in the Agricultural Economics profession and to conduct innovative research in Agricultural and Environmental Economics. Students in this Program can study in different areas: Agricultural Marketing, Production Economics and farm Management, Agricultural Development and Policy, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

The Ph.D. candidates have been accepted in the Department of Agricultural Economic since 2012. Our academic members work closely with PhD students to produce outstanding researches in the following areas:

  • Development economics
  • Climate change
  • Economics of international trade
  • Natural resource economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Farm management and economics
  • Applied economics

Students registering in our PhD. program complete advanced courses of study in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. In addition, they take some special courses in their specific field of study. The main goal of our PhD. Program is to produce outstanding researchers and high-qualified teachers. PhD students can focus their studies and research on Agricultural Marketing, Production Economics and farm Management, Agricultural Development and Policy, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. More

Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics
Arash Dourandish
Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural Economics

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Agricultural Economics
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
Agricultural Marketing
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Production Economics and farm Management
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Agricultural Development and Policy
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Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
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Academic staff

Leili Abolhassani
Assistant Professor
Mahmoud Daneshvar Kakhki
Arash Dourandish
Associate Professor
Mohammad Ghorbani
Mohammad Reza Kohansal
Hosein Mohammadi
Assistant Professor
Mahmood Sabouhi Sabouni
Naser Shahnoushi  Froshani


Recent journal articles

Morteza Yaqubi, Javad Shahraki, & Sabouhi Sabouni, M. (2016). On dealing with the pollution costs in agriculture: A case study of paddy fields. Science of The Total Environment, 2016 (556), 310-318.
Mahmoud Mohammadghasemi, Javad Shahraki, & Sabouhi Sabouni, M. (2016). Optimization Model of Hirmand River Basin Water Resources in the Agricultural Sector Using Stochastic Dynamic Programming under Uncertainty Conditions. International Journal of Agricultural Management and Development, 6 (2), 163-171.
Dadrasmoghadam, A., Ghorbani, M., Karbasi, A., & Kohansal, M. (2016). Determining the Optimum Brands Diversity of Cheese Using PSO (Case Study: Mashhad). Industerial Engineering and Mangement Systems, 15 (4), 318-323.
M. R. Dahmardeh Ghaleno, V. Sheikh, A. Sadoddin, & Sabouhi Sabouni, M. (2016). Optimal Cropping Pattern for Water Resources Management in Sistan Regi on of Iran using Goal Programming Method. Ecopersia, 4 (4), 1555-1567.

Recent research projects

Mohammadi, Hosein,mahmoodi, Mahdi (2016). The effect of financial development on growth of agricultural sector
Ghorbani, Mohammad,habibi Nodeh, Fatemeh,hazara, Riza (2016). Meta- analysis of technical efficiency in Iran's agricultural sector
Ghorbani, Mohammad,rezazadeh, Nazanin (2016). Willingness to pay of households to environment-oriented energy in spatial tobit framework
Ghorbani, Mohammad,torabi, Sasan (2016). Investigating the factors of influencing on price of edible fungi (case study)
Ghorbani, Mohammad,aminizadeh, Milad (2016). Assessing Effective Factors on Export of Irans Date to European Union Using Gravity Model
Dourandish, Arash,alizadeh, Parisa,tohidi, Amirhossein (2016). The factors affecting the packaging of saffron
Ghorbani, Mohammad,shayanmehr, Samira (2016). Identifying the factors influencing on economic growth of developed countries

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics

Phone: +985138804677-4739

Fax: +985138807146

Updated at : 2017-01-04

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