Welcome to the Chair Group Agricultural Production and Resource Economics!

Current Projects

ELEWI - Productivity in the life sciences

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Chair
of Agricultural Production and Resource Economics and the HIS Institute for Higher Education Development (http://his-he.de) engage in quantitative science studies. The aim of the project ELEWI is to create a comprehensive analysis of the productivity in the German life sciences... more


The overall objective of the Monitoring the Bioeconomy (BioMonitor) project is to establish a statistics and modelling framework for the bioeconomy that is effective and robust. The framework will enable the quantification of the bioeconomy and its economic, environmental and social impacts in the EU and its Member States via a wide range of indictors. Interlinks with current standardisation work by the European Committee for Standardization related to bio-based products will be established from the outset of the project... more

BLIZ - Interactions between society, land use, ecosystem services and biodiversity in Bavaria until 2100

How will ecosystem services and biodiversity develop in Bavaria? The interdisciplinary joint project BLIZ takes a look into the future and designs new scenarios for a sustainable management of ecosystems in Bavaria. The aim of the group of six subprojects at four universities is to process concrete instructions and estimate possible uncertainties. BLIZ is supported and executed as part of the Bavarian network for climate research... more

Current publications

Adoption of Labor-Saving Technologies in Agriculture

Gallardo, R.K. and J. Sauer (2018), Annual Review of Resource Economics

Labor-saving technologies in agriculture have been fundamental to the advancement of the agricultural industry, and in general, the economies of nations. This article presents a review of several economic theories that form the basis of the economics of labor-saving technologies, including the theory of induced innovation and subsequent theories developed from it. ...more

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.  ...more