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Production Economics Group

Welcome to the Production Economics group at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR) of the University of Bonn.

Teaching and research of our group focus on the quantitative analysis of farm- and firm-level decisions in the agriculture and food sector.


New paper on “Spatiotemporal characterization of agricultural drought in the Sahel region using a composite drought index” co-authored by Alisher Mirzabaev published in the Journal of Arid Environments. Link

Alisher Mirzabaev gave a keynote presentation on the occasion of the launch of the new ECON-WOCAT dataset during the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on 17 May 2022. This new dataset provides the information on the costs and benefits of more than 500 sustainable land management (SLM) technologies and expected to become an important source of information for designing international land restoration investments. Link

Alisher Mirzabaev gave a virtual presentation on “Climate change and food systems” during the 3rd International Healthy Nutrition Congress organized by the University of Trakya (Turkey) on 17 May 2022.

Alisher Mirzabaev, together with the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) secretariat at GIZ and University of Rwanda, launched a new study on “Harmonizing land restoration activities under the three Rio Conventions in Rwanda” during the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on 17 May 2022. This study will be conducted by the Production Economics group at the Institute of Food and Resource Economics (ILR) together with the University of Rwanda and the Strategy and Policy Council under the Office of the President of Rwanda. The study is supported by ELD Secretariat at GIZ.

Prof. Dr. Silke Hüttel assumes a professorship at the University of Göttingen. Dr. Alisher Mirzabaev is Interim Head of the Production Economics group.

New working paper "Farmers’ acceptance of results-based agri-environmental schemes – insights from a case study in North Rhine-Westphalia" co-authored by Reinhard Uehleke and Silke Hütttel (Link)

New paper "Evaluations of agri-environmental schemes based on observational farm data: The importance of covariate selection" co-authored by Reinhard Uehleke and Silke Hüttel published in Land Use Policy (Link)

New working paper "The replicability crisis and the p-value debate – what are the consequences for the agricultural and food economics community?" co-authored by Silke Hüttel (Link)

New DFG financed Collaborative Research Centre "Regional Climate Change: The Role of Land Use and Water Management" with co-speaker Silke Hüttel (Link)

New paper "Measuring On-Farm Phosphorus Fertiliser Use—Lessons Learned from Surveying Data of Five Regions in Northern Germany" co-authored by Silke Hüttel published in Agronomy (Link)

Best Paper Award for the contribution "On the price effect of a right of first refusal in farmland auctions", co-authored by Lars Isenhardt, Stefan Seifert and Silke Hüttel, at the 61st GEWISOLA conference (Link)

New paper "Market Power in Agricultural Land Markets: Concepts and Empirical Challenges" co-authored by Silke Hüttel and Stefan Seifert published in The German Journal of Agricultural Economics (GJAE) (Link)

2 contributions by the Chair of Production Economics accepted at the Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society

New ForLand working paper "Price dispersion in farmland markets: what is the role of asymmetric information?" by Christoph Kahle, Stefan Seifert and Silke Hüttel (Link)

Conference talk on the topic "Price dispersion in thin farmland markets: what is the role of asymmetric information?" by Christoph Kahle at the Annual GEWISOLA Conference (Link)

Pre-conference workshop at the Annual GEWISOLA Conference on the topic "New regulations for farmland markets" organized by Prof. Dr. Silke Hüttel and Andreas Tietz (Link)

New SiAg working paper "Agricultural policy evaluation with large-scale observational farm data: Environmental impacts of agri-environmental schemes" by Reinhard Uehleke, Martin Petrick and Silke Hüttel (Link)

New research grant for the project "Transform2Bio" (Link)

Conference talk on the topic "Animal welfare and production efficiency in pork production" by Reinhard Uehleke at the 3rd REECAP workshop (Link)

New ForLand working paper "Farm eco-efficiency: can sustainable intensification make the difference?" by Meike Weltin and Silke Hüttel (Link)

Research areas of the Production Economics group

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).

Details on specific projects can be found here:

Production Economics Group

Interim Head of the group

Dr. Alisher Mirzabaev


Meckenheimer Allee 174
53115 Bonn


Jacqueline Fabula


Phone: +49 (0)228 73-2890

Fax: +49 (0)228 73-2758

Office hours

Because of the restrictions, caused by the corona pandemic, please use E-Mail to arrange appointments.

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