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

Shahraki, A., Ghorbani, M., & Asgharpourmasouleh, A. (2022). Identification and Evaluation of Risks in Supply Chain of Milk (A Case Study). International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, 12 (2), 1-16.
Ramezani, M., Dourandish, A., Tinoush Jamali, & Aminizadeh, M. (2022). The Influence of Dense Planting System on the Technical Efficiency of Saffron Production and Land Use Sustainability: Empirical Evidence from Gonabad County, Iran. Agriculture, 12 (1), 92-111.
Mostafa Mardani Najafabadi, Sabouhi Sabouni, M., Hossein Azadi, & Morteza Taki (2022). Rice production energy efficiency evaluation in north of Iran; application of Robust Data Envelopment Analysis. Cleaner Engineering and Technology, 6 (), 100356-100356.
Sayed Saghaian, Mohammadi, H., & Mortrza Mohammadi (2022). Factors Affecting Success of Entrepreneurship in Agribusinesses: Evidence from the City of Mashhad, Iran. Sustainability, 14 (13), 7700-7710.
Azam Rahmati, E., Mohammadi, H., & Karbasi, A. (2022). Investment Priorities in the Livestock and Poultry Agribusinesses Value Chains. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 24 (6), 1-16.
Shayanmehr, S., Jana Ivani Porhajasova, Maria Babosova, Sabouhi Sabouni, M., Mohammadi, H., Shida Rastegari Henneberry, & Shahnoushi Froshani, N. (2022). The Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources and Crop Production in an Arid Region. Agriculture, 12 (7), 1056-1078.
Masoud Hosseinzadeh, Sayed H. Saghaian, Zahra Nematollahi, & Shahnoushi Froshani, N. (2022). Water consumption and economic growth: evidence for the environmental Kuznets curve. Water International, 47 (8), 1333-1348.
Mohammadi, H., & Sayed Saghaian (2022). Factors Affecting Consumption of Different Forms of Medicinal Plants: The Case of Licorice. Agriculture, 12 (9), 1453-1465.
Sargazi, A., Sabouhi Sabouni, M., Daneshvar Kakhki, M., & Saeed Yaghoubi (2022). Economic and Environmental Crises Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Makran Coasts, Iran. Ecopersia, 10 (3), 245-256.
Hashemzadeh, H., Karbasi, A., Mohammadi, H., Firoozzare, A., & Flavio Boccia (2022). Investigating the Effect of Nudges on Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Genetically Modified Corn Oil. Sustainability, 14 (19), 12705-12715.
Mojtaba Shafiei, Rahmani, M., Shervan Gharari, Davary, K., Abolhassani, L., Sabet Teimouri, M., & Mohammad Gharesifard (2022). Sustainability assessment of water management at river basin level: Concept, methodology and application. Journal of Environmental Management, 316 (), 115201-316.
Ramezani, M., Abolhassani, L., Shahnoushi Froshani, N., Diane Burgess, & Aminizadeh, M. (2022). Ecological Footprint and Its Determinants in MENA Countries: A Spatial Econometric Approach. Sustainability, 14 (18), 11708-20.
Sayed Saghaian, Mohammadi, H., & Morteza Mohammadi (2022). The Effects of Agricultural Product Exports on Environmental Quality. Sustainability, 14 (21), 13857-13869.
Shayanmehr, S., Shida Rastegari Henneberry, Ernest Baba Ali, Sabouhi Sabouni, M., & Shahnoushi Froshani, N. (2022). Climate change, food security, and sustainable production: a comparison between arid and semi-arid environments of Iran. Environment Development and Sustainability, (), -.
Somaye Naghavi, Firoozzare, A., & Mehdi Ahmadyousefi (2022). The relationship between sustainability development environmental performance and agro-economic indicators in EU and ME countries: A Bayesian network based model. Environmental Resources Research, 10 (1), 51-70.
Vazifehshenas, S., Ghorbani, M., & Firoozzare, A. (2022). Efficient Metaheuristic Algorithms for a Robust and Sustainable Water Supply and Wastewater Collection System. International Journal of Engineering,Transactions A: Basics, 35 (7), 1440-1456.
Azam Rahmati, E., Mohammadi, H., & Karbasi, A. (2022). تعیین زیربخش‌های بالفعل و بالقوه هت برنامه‌ریزی توسعه کشاورزی استان خراسان رضوی (با تأکید بر زیربخش دام). , 53 (4), 1043-1057.
Zarei, N., Sharafat Ali, Daneshvar Kakhki, M., Shahnoushi Froshani, N., Rezvani Moghaddam, P., & Sabouhi Sabouni, M. (2022). An Investigation Into the Effect of Dust on Wheat Yield. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 24 (3), -.
Mohammadi, H., Shayanmehr, S., & Juan D. Borrero (2022). Does Freedom Matter for Sustainable Economic Development? New Evidence from Spatial Econometric Analysis. Mathematics, 11 (1), 145-164.
Esfandiari, S., Firoozzare, A. (2022). Strategic planning for exchanging treated urban wastewater for agricultural water with the approach of supplying sustainable urban water: a case study of Mashhad, Iran. Water Science and Technology-Water Supply, 22 (12), 8483-8499.

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