Davis is home to a highly regarded agricultural and resource economics program. The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) offers both an M.S. and a Ph.D. degree, and also administers the undergraduate program in managerial economics. ARE specializes in the microeconomic analysis of agriculture (food security, commodity markets, migrant labor), the environment (pollution abatement, non-market valuation), natural resources, and international development. Unlike many economics programs, the ARE graduate curriculum emphasizes empirical work and policy analysis, as opposed to pure economic theory. Some students (and ARE professors!) do economic experiments.
ARE graduate students and faculty share academic interests with environmental science and policy, geography, ecology, civil and environmental engineering, and economics students, among others. Profiles of selected ARE grad students can be seen here.
The Department receives much of its funding from the Giannini Foundation, which also funds the ARE Departments at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside. The bi-monthly newsletter ARE Update showcases research on the economics of agriculture, development and the environment.
All five members of a current (2007) trivia group, Canadian Softwood are graduate students in ARE. You can find them competing weekly at Sophia's Trivia Nights. The department's graduate students also have an IM soccer team called the Master Breeders. As of 2007, ARE graduates also hold the Samuelson Cup, which they won from the Economics Department after beating them at softball.
As a point of trivia, the department was once home to Professor Tom Hazlett, who Rush Limbaugh credited with the creation of the term "feminazi." Hazlett left ARE in 2000 and took a professorship at George Mason University in 2005.