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
Mohammad Ghorbani
Ali Reza Karbasi
Mohammad Reza Kohansal
Hosein Mohammadi
Associate Professor
Mahmood Sabouhi Sabouni
Naser Shahnoushi  Froshani


Recent journal articles

Permeh, Z., Ghorbani, M., Hossein Tavakoliyan, & Shahnoushi Froshani, N. (2018). The Effects of Oil Price Shocks on Agricultural sector Using Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium model. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 19 (6), 1211-1226.
Kazemi, F., Abolhassani, L., Azam Rahmati, E., & Sayyadamin, P. (2018). Strategic planning for cultivation of fruit trees and shrubs in urban landscapes using the SWOT method: A case study for the city of Mashhad, Iran. Land Use Policy, 70 (1), 1-9.
Sayed Saghaian, & Mohammadi, H. (2018). Factors Affecting Frequency of Fast Food Consumption. Journal of Food Distribution Research, 49 (1), 22-29.
Mohammadi, H., , & Aghasafari, H. (2018). Inequality of Opportunity and its Effects on Economic Growth and Per Capita GDP. Iranian Journal of Economic Studies, 6 (2), 20-42.
Najkar, N., Kohansal, M., & Ghorbani, M. (2018). Estimating Spatial Effects of Transport Infrastructure on Agricultural Output of Iran. Agris On-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, 10 (2), 61-71.
Firoozzare, A., Ghorbani, M., Karbasi, A., Shahnoushi Froshani, N., & Davary, K. (2018). Prioritize Agri-Environmental Measures of Water-Related Ecosystem Services: The Case of Mashhad. Journal of Sustainable Development, 11 (4), 240-256.
Ghorbani, M., S. Kulshreshtha, & Jamali Pour, M. (2018). Economic value of greenhouse gas emissions from crop production in Iran. Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 24 (4), 537-553.
Firoozzare, A., Ghorbani, M., Karbasi, A., Shahnoushi Froshani, N., & Davary, K. (2018). FARMERS' PREFERENCES FOR AGRIENVIRONMENTAL SCHEME DESIGN: A CHOICE EXPERIMENT APPROACH. Revista de la Facultad de Agronomia, 35 (0), 164-191.
Ronaghi, M., Sayed Saghaian, Michael Reed, & Mohammadi, H. (2018). The Impact of the Agricultural Sector in Developing Countries That Produce Natural Gas on Greenhouse Gas Emissions. International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics, 6 (4), 53-69.
Akbari, S., Ghorbani, M., M. Reed, & Shahnoushi Froshani, N. (2018). Designing a Meta-Synthesis Model of affecting Drivers of Land Use Changes by Systematic Review of Previous Studies. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 20 (4), 11-28.
Aaron Clark-ginsberg, Abolhassani, L., & Azam Rahmati, E. (2018). Comparing networked and linear risk assessments: From theory to evidence. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 30 (1), 216-224.
Hassani, L., Daneshvar Kakhki, M., Sabouhi Sabouni, M., Ghanbari, R., & Peter Fantke (2018). Quantification of Energy and Environmental Aspects of Iranian Dairy Farms based on Optimal Nutrition. International Journal of Advances in Science, Engineering and Technology, 6 (4), 29-34.

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