Portrait Photograph of Steven Deller

Steven Deller


Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Steven Deller is Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW–Madison and a Community Economic Development Specialist with the UW-Extension. Professor Deller’s long-term research interest includes modeling community and small regional economies in order to better understand the changing dynamics of the economy, assessing the impact of those changes, and identifying local economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. His most recent book explores how social capital helps us understand why some communities prosper economically and others struggle.


The State of Wisconsin Economy: Past Patterns, Current Status and Future Directions

In order to better understand the state of the Wisconsin economy, Professor Deller will review broad historical economic trends of the nation and Wisconsin. Particular attention will be paid to the performance of the Wisconsin economy just prior to the Great Recession and how the economy has recovered. In addition, he will highlight strengths and weaknesses of the Wisconsin economy and how those may influence future directions.

Approximate Length of Talk: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Agriculture and the Wisconsin Economy

The talk will outline how agriculture contributes to the Wisconsin Economy.

Approximate Length of Talk: 45 minutes to 1 hour

COVID-19 and the Wisconsin Economy

COVID-19 has had a large negative impact on the economy ranging from spiking unemployment rates to concerns around the implications of a second wave.  We, as a nation and society, have not experienced this type of economic shock since the Spanish Flu of 1918.  What do we know about COVID-19’s impact on the economy and why is it difficult to understand what the near term future economy might look like.