Economics and politics of the agrifood sector

A.Y. 2016/2017
14
Max ECTS
120
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/01
Language
English
Learning objectives
The course will introduce students to basic and advanced topics in the economics of food markets, the organization of food chains, international trade theory and the related policies, with special emphasis to the EU and international rules.
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Agrifood economics
Course syllabus
Objectives

· learn the basic elements of economic theory for the analysis of the food market
· develop knowledge about the organization of food chains and about the main economic issues of the food market
· analyze EU food policies

Course structure

First part - Supply and Demand Specificities

· the food system
· the sectors of the food system: agriculture, food industry, retailing, catering and food services
· supply chain analysis and pricing
· food consumption
· food product quality attributes

Second part - Main challenges

· hunger
· obesity
· sustainability

Third part - Policies

· food policies and public intervention
· labeling
· food safety
· traceability
· food quality

Books and references
· course slides
· specific literature
· Oskam A., Meester G., Silvis H. (2010): EU policy for agriculture, food and rural areas, Wageningen Academic Publishers
International agrifood markets and policies
Course syllabus
Goals and learning outcomes

The course will introduce students to basic and advanced topics in international trade with emphasis to the agri-food sector. Knowledge of international trade models, of the effects of trade policy, and topics such as the political economy of trade policy, quality, trade and productivity and trade and the environment, will be the main learning topics. The presentation of the different models will give strong emphasis to applied works, using also material from published scientific papers.

Course outline:

Neoclassic Trade Models (F-T ch. 2-5)

1. Technology and International Trade: the Ricardian Model
2. Gains and Losses from International Trade: the Specific-Factors Model
3. Trade and Resource Endowment: the Heckscher-Ohlin Model

New (New) Trade Models (F-T ch 6-7; K-O-M ch. 7)

4. Economies of Scale and Imperfect Competition
5. Monopolistic Competition with Firms Heterogeneity (K-O-M ch 8)
6. Gravity Models and Gravity Equations (F-T ch 6; readings)

International Trade Policy (F-T ch. 8-11)

7. Tariff and Quota Under Perfect Competition
8. Export and Production Subsidies and Tax
9. International Agreements on Trade and the environment

Advanced Topics (mainly through research papers)

10. The political economy of trade policy (K-O-M ch 10; F ch 9; readings)
11. Trade liberalization and productivity growth (readings)
12. Products quality and international trade (readings)
Agrifood economics
AGR/01 - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL APPRAISAL - University credits: 7
Lessons: 56 hours
International agrifood markets and policies
AGR/01 - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL APPRAISAL - University credits: 7
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Olper Alessandro