Research at the Chair of Agricultural Policy

Research at the chair of Agricultural Policy focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to analyze agricultural, rural and food policies. At theoretical level three strands of research can be subdivided:

  1. Political Economy,
  2. Institutional and Computational Economics,
  3. Applied Economics.
At methodological level game-theoretical, partial or general equilibrium and agent-based models as well as quantitative network analyses are applied. Final aim of research activities is a better understanding of political economy processes of agricultural policy taking an interdisciplinary perspective including economics, sociology and political science. Agricultural policy appears as an excellent field to apply and test interdisciplinary approaches for at least two reasons. First, it is characterized by a set of important problems, i.e. world hunger, obesity, global and local environmental protection, rural development, which demand for practical political solutions. Second, in this field sufficient empirical data is available.

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