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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

; ; ; ; (2021) Why villagers stay put – A structural equation model on staying intentions. Journal of Rural Studies 81: 345-357.

; (2021) Liberal land reform in Kazakhstan? The effect on land rental and credit markets. World Development 138

; (2021) Redistributive politics in Russia: The political economy of agricultural subsidies. Comparative Economic Studies 63 (1): 1-30.

; (2021) The Energy-Water Nexus in Iran: The political economy of energy subsidies for groundwater pumping. In: Hülsmann, S., Jampani, M. (eds.): A nexus approach for sustainable development: Integrated resources management in resilient cities and multifunctional land-use systems, 107-128: Springer.

; (2021) Can self-sufficiency policy improve food security? An inter-temporal assessment of the wheat value-chain in Uzbekistan. Eurasian Geography and Economics 62 (1): 1-20.

; (2020) Как согласовать формальные права на землю с реальными представлениями фермеров о землепользовании в Центральной Азии?IAMO Policy Brief No. 38, Halle (Saale).
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; (2020) Förderung der Landwirtschaft in Russland aus politökonomischer Sicht. Russland-Analysen 18 (395): 9-14.

; (2020) Small farms in transition: How to stimulate inclusive growth?, Follow-up report on the IAMO Forum 2019. IAMO Annual 22: 85-92.
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; ; (2020) Cotton sector reforms in Central Asia. IAMO Annual 22: 46-54.
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; (2020) How to align formal land rights with farmers’ perceptions in Central Asia?IAMO Policy Brief No. 38, Halle (Saale).
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