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Current projects

Climate-Smart Agriculture

Historically, South Asia has significantly benefitted from adoption and diffusion of new agricultural practices. The Green Revolution of the past century significantly improved food security and the livelihoods of millions of people. Despite these improvements, food security in the region is continuously under threat, due to three factors:

> Climate change which is projected to cause crop yields in South Asia to deteriorate by as much as 20% by 2050

> Population growth which is projected to add 440 million people to the region’s current population of 1.5 billion until 2050

Current publications

Investigating rice farmers’ preferences for an agri-environmental scheme: Is an eco-label a substitute for payments?

Sheng-Han-Erin, C. et al., Land Use Policy (2017) 374–382

In some Asian countries, the pursuit of high yields often leads to excessive application of chemical fertilizer, negatively impacting the environment. We use the Choice Experiment approach to investigate the preferences of rice farmers in Taiwan for a potential Agri-environmental Scheme (AES), which would aim at an optimization of fertilizer use. We are especially interested in how such an AES would optimally be designed and whether it is possible to reduce its costs by offering the farmers lower payments in exchange for an eco-label. ...mehr


Tipping points occur in both ecological and the socio-economic systems, and the dynamics of these systems may be linked, such that management of tipping points requires a joint analysis of the combined socio-ecological system. This proposal aims to contribute to a better management and prevention of tipping points, by using a modelling approach that is both guided and tested with data from model regions. ... more

What is the value of world heritage status for a German national park? A choice experiment from Jasmund, 1 year after inscription

David Wuepper, Tourism Economics (2016), 1-10

There is an ongoing debate about whether World Heritage (WH) status has a significant tourism value. However, Su and Lin and Wuepper and Patry argue that the better question is which sites benefit and suggest a general pattern. In both studies, it is argued that in addition to broad regional trends, more remote and less famous destinations benefit most. We test this statement with a choice experiment … more