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Department Agricultural Policy

External Environment for Agriculture and Policy Analysis

This department researches institutions involved in agricultural development in transition economies from a micro-economic perspective. The work of the Department Agricultural Policy thus contributes to understanding the interconnections between institutions, agricultural policies and transition processes in rural areas of formerly planned economies in Europe and Asia.

Investigations appraise various agricultural policy measures' impacts on producers, consumers and public budgets. Studies also cover various effects of institutional reforms on agricultural production, economic development of rural areas and the use of natural resources. Further themes of interest include organizing agricultural production and food marketing. The theoretical foundation of the department’s work is an elementary component of its applied research and ranges from neoclassical theories via games theory to institutional economics approaches. The department’s scientists publish their research findings in leading international journals and derive scientifically-based policy recommendations.

Latest publications of the department

; (2018) Identifying factor productivity from micro-data: the case of EU agriculture. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 171, Halle (Saale): IAMO.
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; ; (2018) Who are the farm shop buyers? A case study in Naumburg, Germany. British Food Journal 120 (2): 255-268.

; ; (2018) Discrepancies between paper and practice in policy implementation: Tajikistan's property rights and customary claims to land and water. Land Use Policy 75: 327-339.

(2018) The sweet and bitter truths about women in agrarian Central Asia.

; (2018) Agricultural policies in Kazakhstan. In: Meyers, W., Johnson, T. (eds.): Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies, Volume I: Policies for Agricultural Markets and Rural Economic Activity, 461-482: World Scientific Publishing.

; ; ; ; (2018) A coevolutionary perspective on the adoption of sustainable land use practices: The case of afforestation on degraded croplands in Uzbekistan. Journal of Rural Studies 59: 1-9.

; ; ; (2018) Kazakhstan's cotton sector reforms since independence. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 172, Halle (Saale): IAMO.
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; (2018) The feminization of agriculture in post-Soviet Tajikistan. Journal of Rural Studies 57: 128–139.

; ; ; (2018) Remittance inflow and smallholder farming practices : The case of Moldova. Land Use Policy 2018 (70): 654-665.

; ; ; ; (2018) Barriers to sustainable land management in Greater Central Asia: With special reference to five former Soviet republics. In: Squires, V. R., Qi, L. (eds.): Sustainable Land Management in Greater Central Asia: An Integrated and Regional Perspective: Routledge.

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