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"Innovation, productivity and growth: towards sustainable agri-food production"

Conference Schedule
The pre-conference will be held on June 11, 2015.
The Fourth AIEAA Conference will start at 2.30 PM on Thursday, June 11, 2015 and will end by 5.30 PM on Friday June 12, 2015.

Program Committee
Daniele Moro (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy, Chair)
Paola Cardamone (Università della Calabria, Italy)
Roberto Esposti (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)
GianCarlo Moschini (Iowa State University, USA)
Meri Raggi (Università di Bologna, Italy)
Valentina Raimondi (Università di Milano, Italy)
Benedetto Rocchi (Università di Firenze, Italy)

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Conference topic

In 2015, the World Exposition “Feeding the planet, energy for life,” to be held in Milan, will focus the attention of the public and policy makers on the major challenges concerning global food production in the upcoming decades. In particular, the expected sustained growth of world demand for food, feed, and energy raises concerns about the ability of global agricultural production to ensure adequate supply growth, while avoiding major turbulences on agricultural markets and still providing healthy and environmentally safe products.
How these major challenges can be dealt with is, at once, both a political and scientific question. The scientific community is expected to provide rigorous and sound evidence on the nature and size of these challenges and to put forward effective and viable solutions. In this respect, a first major task for agricultural and applied economists is to investigate the actual dynamics of agricultural productivity growth worldwide and the differences emerging between developed and developing countries. Efforts should also be devoted to deepening the available knowledge on the impact of agricultural productivity on overall economic growth and, consequently, on income distribution, food consumption and international trade. Finally, applied economists are asked to investigate which kind of innovations can better contribute to achieving a sustainable increase of agri-food production and which policies and institutional settings may encourage these innovations.
Specifically, in EU context, attention inevitably involves analysis of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its recent reform. Whereas agricultural innovation and productivity growth allegedly represent some of the key objectives inspiring this reform, a critical review of its actual contents and implementation raises major doubts on its capacity to lead European agriculture in the desired direction.
The fourth AIEAA Conference aims at providing a scientific contribution to these issues by expanding the knowledge base on the fundamentals of agricultural productivity growth and innovation, and also by promoting a critical debate on the underlying theoretical and methodological issues and policy implications.
Specific issues to be addressed include:

  • Long-term patterns of worldwide food production and consumption.
  • Measuring and explaining agricultural productivity growth and gaps.
  • The impact of agricultural productivity growth and innovation on income growth and poverty reduction.
  • Sustainable knowledge intensification and innovation in agricultural production.
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of policies fostering sustainable agricultural innovation.
  • Assessment of social, economic and environmental impacts of new bio-economic production and processes.

AIEAA welcomes the submission of contributions on the topics above. However, the submission of contributions on all agricultural and applied economics topics is encouraged as well.

Pre-conference topic

"Policies for knowledge intensification: an EU agriculture perspective"

The Pre-Conference of the 4th AIEAA Conference aims at animating the scientific debate on the proper design, implementation and evaluation of policies fostering sustainable agricultural innovation and expanding the knowledge base in this respect. The attention, in particular, is on the need of European Agriculture of finding new ways to achieve higher production and productivity growth rates without jeopardizing the underlying natural capital. This can be achieved by intensifying the use of the only production factor that does not bring about negative environmental consequences: knowledge.

AIEAA welcomes the submission of Contributed PapersOrganized Sessions and Posters. More information can be found in the first call for papers

The deadline for submitting an abstract or to propose organized sessions is January 31th, 2015.

Attachment Call for Papers

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All proposals should be submitted in English and prepared using the template below

Template for Full Paper

Please consider that the deadline for the full paper submission is May 15th , 2015.


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Registration fee
Regular member fee: 150 € (100 € if already member in 2015)
Reduced member fee (Ph.D. students, Postdoc): 50 € (30 € if already member in 2015)
Donor member fee: 200 € (100 € if already member in 2015)

Registration fees include 2015 AIEAA membership as well as the conference lunches, the coffee breaks and the social dinner

Abstract submission by authors:
January 31, 2015

Notification of acceptance to authors:
March 6, 2015

Full paper/poster submission:
May 15, 2015

Authors' registration deadline:
May 22, 2015

Pre-Conference Session
"Policies for knowledge intensification: an EU agriculture perspective"
Download the draft programme of the Pre-Conference Session

Conference Session
Download the general progamme of the 4th AIEEA Conference
View the detailed programme of the 4th AIEAA Conference




Papers can be downloaded from the AgEconSearch web site at this [LINK]


Pre-Conference: Policies for Knowledge Intensification: an European Agriculture Perspective

Knowledge intensification: a new frontier for a growing and sustainable agricultural production
Allan Buckwell

The European agricultural knowledge and innovation system (AKIS) towards an interactive innovation model
Krjin Poppe

Sustainainable innovation for sustainable farmers: strategies, network and policies
Valentina C. Materia, Laurens Klerkx

Policies for innovations in the new RDP: the Italian regional experience
Anna Vagnozzi

Implementing innovative solutions in Eu farming: opportunities and challenges 
Matteo Bartolini

Plenary Session 1 (Room B)   

Global Perspectives on Food Security and Environmental Sustainability
Mark Rosegrant
Discussant: Donato Romano

CBAs ad FDI: Potential Implication for Trade, Restructuring and Growth in the Food Sector
Steve McCorriston
Discussant: Alessia Lo Turco

Parallel 1.1: Organised Session - WWWforEurope (Room B1)

The relationship between innovative and competitive strategies in the European agri-food supply chain
Valentina C. Materia, Liesbeth Dries, Stefano Pascucci, Laurens Klerkx

The impact of green innovation on employment growth in Europe
Bettina Peters, Licht Georg

The rural development policy and innovation. Which role for rural and remote EU regions?
Roberto Esposti, Francesco Pagliacci, Franco Sotte, Silvia Coderoni, Beatrice Camaioni, Andrea Bonfiglio

Labour market institutions and regional unemployment disparities
Peter Huber

Parallel 1.2: Consumer Choices (Room B2)

Price dispersion and inflation rates: evidences from scanner data
Elena Castellari, Daniele Moro, Silvia Platoni, Paolo Sckokai

Demand for food away from home in Slovakia
Jan Pokrivcak, Andrej Cupak, Marian Rizov

Alternative food networks and local markets: determinants of consumers’ choices between conventional and farmers’ stands
Silvia Novelli, Alessandro Corsi

Consumers’ preferences for ‘organic plus’ pasta in Italy: is social desirability bias an issue in choice experiments?
Luisa Menapace, Roberta Raffaelli, Carla Abitabile, Roberta Sardone

Parallel 1.3: Local development policies (Room A2)

Collective targeting in rural policies: review of proposed mechanisms and assessment of irrigation infrastructure measures in Emilia-Romagna
Matteo Zavalloni, Meri Raggi, Davide Viaggi

Agri-Environmental Policies design in Europe, USA and Australia: is an auction more cost-effective than a self-selecting contract schedule?
Daniele Vergamini, Benedict White, Davide Viaggi

Innovating rural resources governance through new policy instruments: the case of “network contracts”
Laura Secco, Chiara Abatangelo, Elena Pisani, Diego Gallo, Davide Pettenella, Paola Gatto, Riccardo Da Re, Enrico Vidale

The socioeconomic impact derived from the oil royalty allocation on regional development
Mauro Viccaro, Benedetto Rocchi, Mario Cozzi, Severino Romano

Parallel 1.4: Price analysis (Room B)

Forecasting Wheat Commodity Prices using a Global Vector Autoregressive model
Luciano Gutierrez, Francesco Piras

Spatial Price Transmission and Food Security: The case of Kosovo
Kushtrim Braha, Miroslava Rajcaniova, Artan Qineti

The Impact of Trading Activity in Agricultural Futures Markets
Marco Zuppiroli, Michele Donati, Marco Riani, Giovanni Verga

On the influence of the U.S. monetary policy on the crude oil price volatility
Alessandra Amendola, Vincenzo Candila, Antonio Scognamillo

Parallel 2.1: Climate change (Room B1)

Economic modelling of climate change scenarios and adaptation of Mediterranean agriculture
Gabriele Dono, Raffaele Cortignani, Davide Dell'Unto

Farm-level GHG emissions and the CAP. An econometric assessment on an Italian panel
Silvia Coderoni, Roberto Esposti

CAP post-2013: alternative greening designs in Tuscany (Italy)
Oriana Gava, Maria Andreoli, Fabio Bartolini, Gianluca Brunori

Assessing the Greening contribution to climate change mitigation in Italy
Roberto Solazzo, Licia Tomasi, Michele Donati, Filippo Arfini

Parallel 2.2: Environment and natural resources (Room B2)

Evaluation of ecosystem services production under different Agricultural Policy Scenarios
Parthena Chatzinikolaou, Davide Viaggi

Toward the adaptation to new regulation on water pricing in the agricultural sector: a case study from northern Italy
Francesco Galioto, Elisa Guerra, Meri Raggi, Davide Viaggi

Soil resource, at the core of competitiveness and sustainability issues in agriculture: An economic approach
Alice Issanchou

Land use patterns and sprawl: a spatial econometric threshold regression approach
Gianni Guastella, Stefano Pareglio, Paolo Sckokai

Parallel 2.3: Productivity and efficiency (Room A2) 

Spatial Heterogeneity in Stochastic Frontier Models
Cristina Salvioni, Roberto Benedetti, Anna Gloria Billè

Development of productivity and its components in Slovak agriculture before and after EU accession: Analysis of the impact of CAP introduction on the performance indicators of Slovak crop and livestock farms
Peter Zbranek

Import Penetration, Intermediate Inputs and Firms’ Productivity in the EU Food Industry
Alessandro Olper, Daniele Curzi, Valentina Raimondi

Scale Economies, Technical Efficiency and the Sources of Total Factor
Bruno Larue, Alphonse Singbo

Parallel 2.4: Food security (Room B)

Price Shocks, Vulnerability and Food and Nutrition Security among Rural and Urban Households in Tanzania
Donato Romano, Alessandro Carraro

Household food security and consumption patterns in Central and Eastern Europe: the Case of Slovakia
Jan Pokrivcak, Andrej Cupak, Marian Rizov

What if meat consumption would decrease more than expected in the developed countries?
Fabien Santini, Tevecia Ronzon, Ignacio Perez Dominguez, Sergio Rene Araujo Enciso, Ilaria Proietti

Food security and farmers' participation to value supply chain: the case of Ugandan maize
Rebecca Pietrelli, Luca Salvatici, Pierluigi Montalbano

Plenary Session 2 (Room B)   

Accounting for Growth in Global Agriculture
Keit Fuglie

Discussant: Ornella Wanda Maietta

Research and Innovation in Agriculture: Beyond Productivity?
Davide Viaggi
Discussant: Laurens Klerkx

Poster 1: Environment (Poster area 1)

Green payment and agroforestry landscape: cost-benefit analysis in the territory of Teverina
Raffaele Cortignani, Antonella Tantari

Economic assessment of GHG mitigation practices: a case study within Emilia Romagna Region - Climate ChangE-R project
Francesca Minarelli, Meri Raggi, Davide Viaggi, Carlo Malavolta

Exploring the economics of Biopesticides: State of the art and open isusses
Francesca Minarelli, Meri Raggi, Davide Viaggi

Landscape as a driver of rural economies: the perception of residents
Stefano Targetti, Meri Raggi, Rosa Manrique, Matteo Zavalloni, Davide Viaggi

Sustainable development of local economic systems: analysis of a research path
Giulia Avolio, Emanuele Blasi, Clara Cicatiello, Silvio Franco, Angelo Martella, Barbara Pancino, Nicolò Passeri

Environmentally-Adjusted Total Factor Productivity: the Case of Carbon Footprint. An application to Italian FADN farms
Silvia Coderoni, Roberto Esposti

Poster 2: Production choices (Poster area 2)

The determinants of the choice on the destination of grapes by wine-growers in Piedmont
Alessandro Corsi, Simonetta Mazzarino

Impacts of R&D investments on European Agriculture: paving the way for a preliminary evaluation
Michele Vollaro, Meri Raggi, Davide Viaggi

Quality and innovation as a strategy of survival of sheep farms in Abruzzo. Results of a direct survey
Emilio Chiodo, Maria Angela Perito, Concetta Cardillo, Andrea Fantini, Giuseppe Martino

From agricultural diversification to specialization: its impacts on economic efficiency in small farming systems in northwest China
Lihua Li

Public Food Procurement: A Systematic Literature Review
Gianluca Stefani, Marco Tiberti, Ginevra Virginia Lombardi

Poster 3: Miscellaneous (Poster area 3)

Endogeneity and sample selection in the Italian derived demand for soybean: the role of Genetically Modified Organisms
Alessandro Varacca, Paolo Sckokai

Measuring cost of compliance: the case of french apple
Pasquale Lubello, Federica DeMaria, Sophie Drogué

Influence of structure, behavior and territory on innovation in small agricultural holdings: a multilevel approach
Emilio Pindado Tapia, Mercedes Sánchez García, Lorena Tudela Marco, José María García Álvarez-Coque

Consumer demand for selected food items: AIDS Model Estimates for the case of Uzbekistan
Naylya Ibragimova

Modelling contracts for irrigation water under adverse selection
Alban Lika, Davide Viaggi

Parallel 3.1: Food supply chain (Room B1)

Scenarios for the segregation of GM and non-GM inputs in EU feed and food supply chains
Francesca Passuello, Stefano Boccaletti, Claudio Soregaroli

The irresistible rise of craft breweries in Italy: magic out of nowhere or just another example of agro-food diversification?
Roberto Esposti, Matteo Fastigi, Francesco Orazi, Viganò Elena

Avoiding food waste by Italian consumers: related beliefs, attitudes, behaviour and the importance of planning and shopping routines
Francesco Contò, Mariantonietta Fiore, Alessandra Conte, Giustina Pellegrini

Assessing economic sustainability in local and global value chains: a comparison in the cured ham sector
Kees De Roest, Filippo Arfini, Giovanni Belletti, Davide Menozzi, Stefano Pignedoli

The contractual relationships in the Italian Durum Wheat Chain: empirical evidences from a survey
Roberto Solazzo, Maria Angela Perito, Gaetana Petriccione

Parallel 3.2: Production choices (Room B2)

Modelling Acreage, Production and Yield Supply Response to Domestic Price Volatility
Donato Romano, Alessandro Carraro

Estimating the economic value of the national cultivar trials in South Africa: A case for sorghum, sunflower, soybeans and dry beans
Thula Sizwe Dlamini, Litha Magingxa, Frikkie Liebenberg

Pesticides expenditure in the apple sector: a comparison between Italian and French firms
Federica DeMaria, Sonia Marongiu, Magali Aubert, Pasquale Lubello

Assessing farm production costs using PMP: theoretical foundation and empirical validation
Filippo Arfini, Mario Veneziani, Michele Donati

Parallel 3.3: Research and Innovation (Room A2)

Knowledge gaps and research needs in the evaluation of the effects of GMOs
Davide Menozzi, Kaloyan Kostov, Giovanni Sogari, Salvatore Arpaia, Cristina Mora

R&D cooperation between firms and universities. Some evidence in five European countries
Paola Cardamone, Valeria Pupo

Toward a multiple outcome impact assessment of research in agriculture
Fabio Bartolini, Gianluca Brunori, Alessandra Coli, Barbara Pacini

Mandates and the Incentive for Innovation
Matthew Clancy, GianCarlo Moschini

Drivers and Barriers Over the Adoption of Precision Irrigation in Europe
Francesco Galioto, David Cuming, Meri Raggi, Davide Viaggi

Parallel 3.4: CAP reform (Room B)

A critical review of the implementation of CAP 2014-2020 direct payments in Italy
Stefano Ciliberti, Angelo Frascarelli

Distributional and Re-distributional Patterns of CAP Expenditure through the EU Space
Andrea Bonfiglio, Beatrice Camaioni, Roberto Esposti, Francesco Pagliacci, Franco Sotte

The impact of the 2013 Common Agricultural Policy reform on farmer's investment decisions: a scenario analysis trough farm level
Valentina Marconi, Davide Viaggi, Meri Raggi, Sergio Gomez-y-paloma

National choices in the new CAP: an analysis of the EU Member States’ behaviour
Roberto Henke, Maria Rosaria Pupo D'Andrea, Fabrizio De Filippis, Tatiana Castellotti, Thedoros Benos, Fabio Pierangeli, Thomas Resl, Karin Heinschink, Mara Giua, Laura Rosatelli

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