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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) Wie die Direktzahlungen auf die Pachtpreise wirken. Bauernzeitung 2018 (33): 42-43.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Für eine gemeinwohlorientierte Gemeinsame Agrarpolitik der EU nach 2020: Grundsatzfragen und Empfehlungen. Stellungnahme des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats für Agrarpolitik, Ernährung und gesundheitlichen Verbraucherschutz beim Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft. Berichte über Landwirtschaft (225): 1-93.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) The potential impact of economic policies on future land-use conversions in Argentina. Land Use Policy 79: 57-67.

; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Leistungen von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern: Art, Umfang und Bewertung. Berichte über Landwirtschaft 96 (2): 1-148.

; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Mapping cropland abandonment in the Aral Sea Basin with MODIS time series. Remote Sensing 10 (2): 1-24.

(2018) Harvest and trade of caterpillar mushroom (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) and the implications for sustainable use in the Tibet Region of Southwest China. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 221: 86-90.

; (2018) Internal organization and governance. In: Seaman, B. A., Young, D. (eds.), Handbook of Research on Nonprofit Economics and Management. Second Edition, 285-299: Edward Elgar Publishing.

; ; ; ; (2018) Report on current farm demographics and trends. 0

; ; ; ; ; ; ; (2018) Modeling and mapping the burden of disease in Kenya. Scientific Reports 8: 1-9.

; ; ; (2018) Wake up “boiling frogs”: a study on animal husbandry under climate change in Northern China. Environmental Earth Sciences 77 (12): 1-8.

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