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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

(2020) China's autocracy, global democracy and their limits in an age of uncertainty. In: Hasenkamp, M.-l. (ed.): China and autocracy: Political influence and the limits of global democracy, 201-216: Bloomsbury.

(2020) The prospect of democracy in China: One-man leadership and institutional change. In: Hasenkamp, M.-l. (ed.): China and autocracy: Political influence and the limits global democracy, 11-40: Bloomsbury.

(2020) China's authoritarianism goes global? Domestic and international dimensions. In: Hasenkamp, M.-l. (ed.): China and autocracy: Political influence and the limits of global democracy, 1-10: Bloomsbury.

(2020) China and autocracy: Political influence and the limits of global democracy.: 240.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2020) Impacts of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy "Greening" reform on agricultural development, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

; ; ; ; (2020) Drought impacts on water quality and potential implications for agricultural production in the Maipo River Basin, Central Chile. Hydrological Sciences Journal

(2020) Endogenous effects and cluster transition: a conceptual framework for cluster policy. European Planning Studies

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2020) Interactive effects of land use and climate on soil organic carbon storage in western Siberian steppe soils. In: Frühauf, M., Guggenberger, G., Meinel, T., Theesfeld, I., Lentz, S. (eds.) KULUNDA: Climate smart agriculture, South Siberian agro-steppe as pioneering region for sustainable land use, 183-199: Springer.

(2020) CSR on German farms.

; ; (2020) On complexity and transparency: The limits of taxonomic ordering. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 37 (1): 174-177.

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