Agricultural economics and policies

A.Y. 2018/2019
12
Max ECTS
112
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The educational objectives of the course are, first, about the characteristics and tools of analysis of agribusines and, second, knowledge of methods and tools of economic analysis of agricultural farms.The main objective of the course is to provide students with a conceptual framework through which to analyze the agricultural policies of the European Union. In particular, the course aims to analyze the common agricultural policy (CAP) and its main instruments of intervention in a critical perspective. The first part introduces some general principles for the study of agricultural policy, analyzing the particular features of the sector and its role in economic development. Some basic principles for the study of the economic policy will be also addressed. The third part, after dealing with the study of the institutional structure of the European Union, addresses the study of the CAP analyzing both its historical evolution and the recent reforms.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the main sources of economic statistics and agricultural usage. Understanding the characteristics of the agribusiness, mastery of tools of analysis and evaluation of agricultural production more profitable.Understanding of economic policy and its role in agriculture; specificity of agriculture and jutification of agricultural policies; economic growth models; instruments of agricultural policy; European Union and its institutions; the common agricultural policy and its reform process; the role of rural development policies.
Course syllabus and organization

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Agricultural economics
Course syllabus
Characteristics of agriculture and agribusiness. The role of agriculture in the economy and society, agriculture in the economy, structural and economic characteristics of agriculture, agribusiness, food supply chains, the public and private sector services in agriculture, marketing and prices of food products. Agricultural Economics. Definition of farms, structure and types of farms, the organization of business and enterprise systems in agriculture, the economic balance of the farm, the economic analysis of farm management, evaluation summary of the choices of the entrepreneur, appraisal choices, choices about the investments, methods of evaluation of the effects of agricultural practices on the environment.
Teaching methods
F.Bruni, S.Franco, Economia dell'impresa e dell'azienda agraria, FrancoAngeli, 2003 Slides on Internet at url http://users.unimi.it/pretdepa/didattica.htm
Policies
Course syllabus
Introduction: Economic policy and agricultural policy. Agricultural and food markets (notes). Overview of the corse: Part I: Agriculture and economic development. The "farm problem". Economic development and structural change. A theory of economic growth. The role of agriculture in the development process. Technology, innovation and the agricultural Sector. Part II: Principle of economic policy. Different approaches to agricultural policy analysis. Welfare economics: principles and the Pareto optimality (notes). Market failures and public goods. Welfare analysis of the main agricultural policy instruments. Political economy of agricultural policy (notes). Part III: European Union and the common agricultural policy. European integration process. European institutions. The EU decision making process (notes). Instruments of agricultural policy. The common agricultural policy (CAP): objectives, principles and instruments. The historical evolution of the CAP and its main reforms. The CAP after the Fischler reform. Rural development and environmental policies.
Teaching methods
Andrea Segrè (2008). Politiche per lo sviluppo agricolo e la sicurezza alimentare. Carocci editore. Lecture notes (slides).Alternative English readings: Oskam A., G. Meester and S. Huib (2010). EU policy for agriculture, food and rural areas. Wageningen Academic Publishers.Berkeley H. (2012). Understanding the Common Agricultural Policy, Earthscan, Routledge.
Agricultural economics
AGR/01 - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL APPRAISAL - University credits: 6
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Pretolani Roberto
Policies
AGR/01 - AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL APPRAISAL - University credits: 6
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Olper Alessandro
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