Department of Agricultural Economics

As an outstanding academic department and as an important part of the School of Agriculture at the 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 those employed in the agricultural sector.
  • 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 in 1995. Students who attend 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 the 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 the different areas of Agricultural Marketing, Production Economics and Farm Management, Agricultural Development and Policy, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
Several 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 research studies 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 train outstanding researchers and highly 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
Associate Professor
Mahmoud Daneshvar Kakhki
Arash Dourandish
Associate Professor
Ali Firoozzare
Assistant Professor
Mohammad Ghorbani
Ali Reza Karbasi
Hosein Mohammadi
Associate Professor
Mahmood Sabouhi Sabouni
Naser Shahnoushi  Froshani


Recent journal articles

Kavakebi, V., Abolhassani, L., Hossein Azadi, Feizi, M., & Shahnoushi Froshani, N. (2023). Farmers’ Trust in Extension Staff and Productivity: An Economic Experiment in Rural. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 25 (3), 20-31.
Mohammadi, H., Sani Heidary, ., & Shahraki, A. (2023). عوامل موثر بر انتخاب استراتژی بازاریابی در مراحل مختلف چرخه عمر محصول. , 36 (4), 337-352.
Mohammadi, H., & Zandi, B. (2023). Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Consumption and Its Impact on Economic Growth. Sustainability, 15 (4), 3822-3835.
Mohammadi, H., Sayed Saghaian, & Flavio Boccia (2023). Antibiotic-Free Poultry Meat Consumption and Its Determinants. Foods, 12 (9), 1776-1790.
Sayed Saghaian, Mohammadi, H., & Jafari, M. (2023). Factors Affecting Sales of Selected Agricultural Products in Network Marketing. Journal of Food Distribution Research, 54 (1), 26-32.
Mohammadi, H., Flavio Boccia, & Tohidi, A. (2023). The Relationship between Democracy and Economic Growth in the Path of Sustainable Development. Sustainability, 15 (12), 9607-9620.
Yarmand, S., Mohammadi, H., Karbasi, A., & Dehghani, M. (2023). The effect of the marketing mix and specialized knowledge on the export performance of SMEs exporting dry fruits. , 37 (2), 1-13.
Zhaleh, R., Mohammadi, H., Flavio Boccia, Firoozzare, A., & Daniela Covino (2023). Consumption of Genetically Modified Food Products and Its Determinants (Case Study: Edible Oil in Mashhad). Foods, 12 (15), 2933-2946.
Firoozzare, A., Esfandiari, S., & Dehghani, M. (2023). Identifying the Best Strategies for Improving and Developing Sustainable Rain-Fed Agriculture: An Integrated SWOT-BWM-WASPAS Approach. Agriculture, 13 (6), 1215-1231.
Yousefian, N., Firoozzare, A., & Shahnoushi Froshani, N. (2023). The prioritization of volunteering revival measures of the Qanat. Water Science and Technology-Water Supply, 23 (11), 4510-4519.
Firoozzare, A., & Yousefian, N. (2023). Designing and analyzing the motivational risk profile of healthy food and agricultural products purchase. Journal of Cleaner Production, 432 (432), 1-10.
Shahnoushi Froshani, N. (2023). Exchange Rate and Agricultural Trade: Evidence from Iran. Economics Bulletin, 43 (1), 302-308.

Recent research projects

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics

Phone: +985138804677-4739

Fax: +985138807146