Agricultural and Food Market Research

Prof. Dr. Monika Hartmann

The research activities of the department comprise qualitative and quantitative analyses with regard to agricultural and food markets on a national and international level.

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Economic and Agricultural Policy

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heckelei

The chair for economic and agricultural policy focuses its research on analysing agricultural and food policies. While continuing research on more traditional agricultural policy issues, newer projects cover environmental impacts of agriculture, rural development issues and trade in agricultural and food commodities. Policy impact analysis is an established research field, mainly based on economic simulation models but increasingly enriched and expanded by econometric analysis.

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Economic Modeling of Agricultural Sytems Group

PD Dr. Wolfgang Britz

Our research focus is on the quantitative analysis of questions related to sustainability of and provision of eco-systems services by agri-food systems from farm to global scale. Our team develops and applies different Economic Simulation Models and related methodologies, often in large-scale applications.

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Economics of Sustainable Land Use and Bioeconomy

Prof. Dr. Jan Börner

The research profile concentrates on the assessment and evaluation of land-based environmental policy instruments and natural resource governance approaches in developing and industrialized countries. We use empirical and spatial modelling tools as well as qualitative methods to inform decision makers on how policies and governance mechanisms can be designed to address multiple sustainability goals under heterogeneous context conditions. Past and ongoing research projects focus on tropical forest governance and bio-based economic transformation.

Production Economics

Prof. Dr. Silke Hüttel

The production economics group mainly works quantitatively on farm- and firm-level decisions, in particular on dis-investment decisions to analyse structural change in agriculture using microeconometric methods, farmland market analysis, land auction analysis, impact evaluation of policies and practices that target at improving ecological outcomes and farm animal welfare of food production and measurement of firm-specific efficiency under risk. Thereby the group relies on methods for ecological and economic efficiency analysis (eco-efficiency).

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Resource and Environmental Economics

Prof. Dr. Karin Holm-Müller

Main topics in our research projects:

  • Economic Analysis of Environmental and Nature Conservation Policy
  • Conservation of Genetic Resources in Biodiversity-rich Countries
  • Valuation of Environmental Goods

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Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bröring

The newly established chair group of Agribusiness Management focuses on current management issues of food and agribusiness. Our central research interest is technology and innovation management (TIM) in agri-food chains and networks.

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