Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge


Welcome to the Chair Group Agricultural Production and Resource Economics!

  • Field trip of Sebastian Weber and Prof. Sauer to India March 17

  • Visit of Sebastan Weber and Prof. Sauer in India, March 17

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

Perceived Self-Efficacy, Poverty and Economic Development

Wuepper, D., & Lybbert, T. (2017). Annual Review of Resource Economics

Traditionally focused on external constraints, economists are increasingly recognizing the importance of internal constraints that reflect perceptions as much as reality. Perceived self-efficacy (PSE) – individuals’ perception of their domain specific capabilities – fundamentally shapes these internal constraints and thereby drives economic behavior. ...mehr