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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

; ; ; ; (2023) Farmers' social media groups for better extension and advisory services. IAMO Policy Brief No. 46, Halle (Saale).

; ; ; ; (2023) Determinants and impact of farmers' participation in social media groups: Evidence from irrigated areas of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 201, Halle (Saale): IAMO.

; ; ; (2023) Rainfall changes perceived by farmers and captured by meteorological data: Two sides to every story. Regional Environmental Change 23 (2)

(2023) ‘That’s so sexist!’ How highly skilled female return migrants try to shape gender norms in Kosovo. Central and Eastern European Migration Review

; ; ; ; (2023) Why smallholders stop engaging in forest activities: The role of in-migration in livelihood transitions in forested landscapes of southwestern Ethiopia. Ecology and Society 28 (1)

(2023) Nature’s value: Evidencing a Moldovan terroir through scientific infrastructures. Ethnos

; (2023) Why do farmers seek office? Regulatory capture in Russian agricultural subsidization. Eastern European Economics 61 (2): 111-130.

; ; ; ; (2023) Don’t look up! Individual income comparisons and subjective well-being of students in Thailand. Journal of Happiness Studies 24 (2): 477-503.

; ; (2022) Agricultural policy development in Moldova over one decade: Recent estimates and an outlook towards EU accession. Economy and Sociology (2): 6-20.

; ; (2022) Adoption of sustainable agricultural practices and investments in productive assets in irrigated areas of Central Asia: Farm-survey evidence from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. IAMO Annual 24: 69-79.

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