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Prof. Dr. Alfons Balmann

Director of IAMO
Head of Department Structural Change


Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas (Structural Change)

Research areas

Structural change in agriculture
Agricultural policies
Land markets
Investment and finance
Methodological foci: agent-based modeling, productivity analysis
Social responsibility

Personal details

Prof. Dr. Alfons Balmann has been Director at IAMO and Head of the Department Structural Change since 2002. He studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he also earned his doctoral degree. Afterwards he joined the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, where he received his Habilitation in 2000. Further affiliations were substitute professorships at University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg, Germany, and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany. In 2003 he received a joint appointment as full professor at the Faculty of Natural Science III of the MLU. He also is co-opted professor at the Law and Economics Faculty of the MLU. Currently, Prof. Dr. Alfons Balmann also serves as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Protection at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Member of the Forum on the Future of Agriculture and Forestry at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Saxony Anhalt, Chairperson of the Society of Economic and Social Sciences in Farming (GEWISOLA) and Chairperson of the Committee Rural Development of the DLG.