Public policy decisions involving agricultural and natural resource issues are founded on prevailing world views and ethical considerations. Teaching undergraduate students how to analyze these fundamental factors demands the use of models and tools which go beyond the standard content of the conventional economics class. A political economy framework is developed in this essay which enables the instructor to capture the essence of policy analysis without losing the analytical rigor of economics. This framework serves as both a challenge to standard classroom approaches and as a complementary instructional tool.



economic education, agricultural economics

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