Welcome to the Chair Group Agricultural Production and Resource Economics!

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

Deregulation and Productivity: Empirical Evidence on Dairy Production

Frick, F. and J. Sauer (2017), American Journal of Agricultural Economics

We investigate productivity development and its relation to resource reallocation effects in the dairy sector in southeast Germany during the phasing-out of the European Union milk quota. We hypothesize that both extreme output price levels and market deregulation fostered efficient reallocation of production resources. We use a farm-level dataset containing financial accounting data for a period of 15 years. Farm-level productivity is estimated by a proxy variable approach that is robust to endogenous input choice. We compare this approach to other estimation techniques as well as an index-based analysis.  ...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