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

; ; ; (2017) Changes in vegetation phenology on the Mongolian Plateau and their climatic determinants. PLOS ONE 12 (12): 1-13.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2017) Is the CAP fit for purpose? : An evidence-based fitness-check assessment. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

; (2017) Brauchen wir NGOs? Discussionspaper / Chair for Economic Ethics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale).

; ; ; ; ; (2017) A new global anthropogenic heat estimation based on high-resolution nighttime light data. Scientific Data 4: 1-11.

; (2017) The hidden costs of renewables promotion: The case of crop-based biogas. Journal of Cleaner Production 168: 893–903.

(2017) Schlussbericht des Teilvorhabens Landnutzungskonflikte und Auswirkungen landwirtschaftlicher Entwicklungspfade in unterschiedlichen ländlichen Gebieten im Verbundvorhaben MULTAGRI - Governance ländlicher Entwicklung durch Maßnahmen zur multifunktionalen Nutzung landwirtschaftlicher Flächen. 0

; ; ; ; (2017) Veränderungen im ländlichen Raum aktiv gestalten. DLG-Merkblatt (423): 1-31.

; ; ; ; (2017) Is passive farming a problem for agriculture in the EU? Journal of Agricultural Economics 68 (3): 632-650.

(2017) Schlussbericht zu Nr. 3.2 BNBest-BMBF98 - RURAGRI: MULTAGRI – Governance ländlicher Entwicklung durch Maßnahmen zur multifunktionalen Nutzung landwirtschaftlicher Flächen - Teilprojekt 4: Landnutzungskonflikte und Auswirkungen landw. Entwicklungspfade in unterschiedlichen ländl. Gebieten. 0

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