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Department Structural Change

Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas

This department researches process complexities of agrarian structural change. Special focus is placed on inherent dynamics, influencing factors and effects, which are analyzed on various analytical levels by means of a broad array of methodical instruments.

Research subjects are, firstly, the development of enterprises in the agricultural and food sector, including their strategies and organization. Secondly, the effects that changing framework conditions such as agricultural policies have on agricultural businesses and structural change are analyzed. Thirdly, institutional economics and system theory questions relating to the role of nonprofit organizations and civil society engagement in the agricultural and food sector are investigated. A fourth focus is on interdependencies between the environment, resources, structural change and growth, in which context the changes of land use are studied or agricultural production potentials are assessed.

The department’s key methodical competencies are in the field of computational economics, particularly agent-based modeling. Further methodological expertise has been developed in spatial econometry, data mining, econometric methods, as well as productivity and efficiency analyses.

Latest publications of the department

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) Klimawandelbedingte Ertragsveränderungen und Flächennutzung (KlimErtrag). Thünen Working Paper, Braunschweig.

; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) Field-level land-use data reveal heterogeneous crop sequences with distinct regional differences in Germany. European Journal of Agronomy 141

; ; (2022) Water–agriculture–energy nexus in Central Asia through the lens of climate change. CAREC Institute.

; ; ; ; (2022) Regional cooperation is key for overcoming climate challenges along water-agriculture-energy nexus in Central Asia. CAREC Institute.

; ; ; ; (2022) Excessive use of natural resources and sectoral over-reliance are behind Central Asia's vulnerability to compound climate challenges. CAREC Institute.

; ; (2022) Water–agriculture–energy nexus in Central Asia through the lens of climate change. 0

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2022) Policy Brief: Für Ernährungssicherheit und eine lebenswerte Zukunft: Pflanzenbasierte Ernährungsweisen fördern, Produktion und Verbrauch tierischer Lebensmittel reduzieren.

; ; ; (2022) How does tenancy affect farmland prices? Effects of lease status, lease term, and buyer type. Agricultural Finance Review

; ; ; ; (2022) 动荡局势下的中国粮食安全分析及应对:保持冷静,继续维护贸易畅通. IAMO Policy Brief No. 45, Halle (Saale).

; ; ; (2022) Why did Ukraine become a key player on the world agri-food markets? An enterprise-level perspective. German Journal of Agricultural Economics 71 (3): 114-133.

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