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Agricultural Economics and Policies
Code: G2807B
Teacher:  Alessandro Olper
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CFU subdivision: Lectures: 5
Practices in classroom: 1
Basic aims:  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.
Acquired skills:  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 contents:  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.
Program:  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
Prerequisites:  Exam of economics principles
Preparatory instructions:  Exam of economics principles
Learning materials:  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.
Other info:  Mid-term written test, plus final oral examination. Students who do not pass the mid-term test must resubmit the relative material in the final exam
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