Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Agribusiness Economics


Ira J. Altman


Champaign County is the tenth most populated county in the state of Illinois. The county is mainly known for the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana. The agricultural community will know the area for the rich black soil that consumes the county. By looking at the community economics of the county, you get an in-depth view of the major economic bases. With knowing how the different economic bases are changing in good times, recessions, and recovery periods. With abundant data sets from the years 1990-2010, an economic analysis can show many different factors that could offer insight on what drives the economy in Champaign County. The growing county has/is going through a developmental stages, where you can see growth theory is occurring.