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Workshop “Agricultural Policies in Russia: Insights from Economics and Political Economy”

25. Oktober 2017 - IAMO and the All-Russian Institute for Agrarian Problems and Informatics (VIAPI) will organize a workshop entitled “Agricultural Policies in Russia: Insights from Economics and Political Economy”. This event will take place on 25 October 2017 at the Moscow State University, Russia.

Agriculture is one of strategic sectors that remains heavily subsidized in many countries. Russia has set course on self-sufficiency and has allocated substantial budgetary resources for agriculture support. However, the effectiveness and efficiency of this support is a matter of debate. Similarly, distribution of these resources across the federation appears to be uneven in terms of both the amount and the instruments chosen. Federal jurisdictions possess substantial autonomy allowing them to set their own goals and priorities. Traditional economic theories provide limited explanatory power to differences in policy priorities across regional units of one federal country or economic union of states. Political economy approaches have been successful explaining policy outcomes in the contexts of other industries. Agricultural sector has profited from these developments only to a limited extent.

The aspiration of this workshop is to bridge the gap between agricultural economics and political economy in an effort to explain how agricultural policies emerge and what their potential effects might be. The aim is to bring leading scholars with various backgrounds in order to intensively discuss possible explanations of the differences in agricultural policies from economics and political economy prisms. The workshop shall mainly provide a platform for researchers to share their work on how institutional and intergovernmental setup, political processes and fiscal factors may affect policy outcomes in agriculture and other industries. In addition, the participants will have a chance to discuss the effects of agricultural policies on the sector and rural areas. The format of this event will allow for more in-depth discussions going beyond typical international conference settings.

Registration for this workshop is open until 1 October 2017. You can register here.

Agenda

08:30 – 09:00   Participants registration

09:00 – 09:15   Welcome and introduction
Prof. Aleksander Petrikov, VIAPI
Prof. Thomas Herzfeld, IAMO

09:15 – 10:00   Emergence and incidents of agricultural policies
Prof. Thomas Herzfeld, IAMO

10:00 – 10:45   TBA
Prof. Aleksander Petrikov, VIAPI

10:45 – 11:15   Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00   TBA
TBA, Higher School of Economics

12:00 – 12:45   Political economy of Russian agriculture subsidies: Preliminary insights
Dr. Vasyl Kvartiuk, IAMO

12:45 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 14:45   Agricultural policy effects on the Russian dairy sector: Evidence from survey data
Prof. Martin Petrick, IAMO

14:45 – 15:30   TBA
TBA, VIAPI

15:30 – 16:00   Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:45   TBA
Dr. Natalia Shagayda and Dr. Vasiliy Uzun, RANEPA

16:45 – 17:30   Political economy of EU agriculture support
Jana Demoustier, IAMO

17:30 – 18:00   Discussion on future cooperation

19:00   Dinner

Please, reserve one third of allocated time for each slot for Q&A.