Research at the Chair of Agricultural and Production Economics focuses on the following areas: the productivity and efficiency of farming operations both at farm and sectoral level, factors for technology adoption and diffusion, implications of various forms of risk for farm management and development, effects of food supply chain developments on farms’ operations, challenges and opportunities from biotechnological innovations, bioeconomic modelling and the analysis of sustainable resource uses, implications of climate change for agricultural production and resource use, agri-environmental behaviour and schemes, food security in developing areas, the contribution of farming to rural development. Both conventional and organic forms of agricultural production are considered whereas the concept of sustainability plays a prominent role.

Research at the chair is not limited to specific sectors or regions, however, the analysis of farming operations in Europe is a strong component of the research portfolio. Two major pillars guide the chair’s empirical research work: Sound conceptual framing based on microeconomic theories and a mainly quantitative focus with respect to methodology using state-of-the-art tools (statistical, econometric, programming approaches).