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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

; (2018) Member heterogeneity in agricultural cooperatives: a systems-theoretic perspective. Sustainability 10 (4): 1-22.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Spatial distribution of arable and abandoned land across former Soviet Union countries. Scientific Data 5: 1-12.

; ; ; (2018) FarmAgriPoliS - An agricultural business management game for behavioral experiments, teaching, and gaming. IAMO Discussion Paper No. 173, Halle (Saale): IAMO.
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; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Investigation of inducements and defenses of flash floods and urban waterlogging in Fuzhou, China, from 1950 to 2010. Natural Hazards 91 (2): 803-818.

; (2018) Efficiency and Profitability of Ukrainian Crop Production. Agriculture Policy Report, German-Ukrainian Agricultural Policy Dialogue, Kiew.

; ; ; ; (2018) Was that capitalism? A future-oriented big data analysis of the English language area in the 19th and 20th century. Futures 98: 41-48.

(2018) The potential contribution of transition theory to the analysis of bioclusters and their role in the transition to a bioeconomy. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 12 (2): 265–276.

(2018) Lost in space? The effect of direct payments on land rental prices. European Review of Agricultural Economics 45 (2): 143–171.

; ; (2018) The corporate social responsibility of Ukrainian agroholdings: the stakeholder approach revisited. Systemic Practice and Action Research (online)

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Identifying pathways to visions of future land use in Europe. Regional Environmental Change 18 (3): 817-830.

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