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THE AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS SOCIETY
Newsletter
April 2018
 
Letter from the President
Combatting Reputational Damage to the Economics Profession
 
The reputation of the economics profession has been seriously dented in recent years, not least during the financial crisis of 2007-08 and its aftermath, the Great Recession.  Apparently, “we had not seen it coming.” Indeed, Queen Elizabeth asked this very question during a visit to the London School of Economics in November 2008.The public perception was that society had been “let down” by economists and this fed into a narrative of distrust of the profession and of experts in general. The debates prior to the UK’s EU Referendum highlighted the difficult role for economists in communicating results of economic analyses in a highly emotionally charged environment. Michael Gove, then UK Justice Secretary, on the eve of the EU referendum, likened economists to Nazi scientists!  In a subsequent debate he unfavourably contrasted the social sciences with the so-called hard sciences. This was a very interesting – and worrying - insight into views at the heart of UK government.

In my Presidential Address to the Society I argue that a common thread linking many of our challenges – not least an apparent loss of public trust – is the need for more effective models of communication so that our economic concepts, ideas and research findings can be more timely, better understood and, most importantly, have impact. In further contributions to the Newsletter I will summarise my thinking on these important issues and outline some of the implications for the agricultural economics profession and the Agricultural Economics Society. With the Brexit negotiations underway, and the modeling and analysis of possible scenarios being undertaken in many institutions, it is crucial that we continue to pursue rigorous research, but which is also transparent and publicly accessible.

John Davis AES, President 2018-19 (eurochoices@aes.ac.uk)
 
Defra-AES One-Day Conference:  Agricultural Trade and Brexit
 
The Defra-AES Conference in London on 12 March attracted around 85 participants. George Eustice, Minister of State with responsibility for food and farming at Defra acknowledged the valuable role played by economists in the design of agricultural policy. He noted that in the context of post-Brexit trading arrangements, UK agricultural policy should focus on delivering public goods, improving animal welfare, and facilitating a competitive industry. The morning session, chaired by Matthew Waite, Deputy Director of EU Exit and Trade Analysis in Defra, explored the impact on UK agriculture of tariff regimes and different trade scenarios (David Swales, Myles Patton, Dylan Bradley, Berkeley Hill, David Harvey). The afternoon session, chaired by AES President Peter Midmore, examined some of the issues facing the UK with regard to regulations, preferences, non-tariff measures, and customs arrangements (Seamus McErlean, Jonathan Hepburn, Jonathan Brooks, Andrew Grainger).

The final session with panelists from academia and the farming industry (Lucia Zitti, Alan Swinbank, Phil Bicknell, and Steve McCorriston) generated a lively discussion, raising several issues that warrant further research (including impact on the whole agri-food supply chain, and adaptation), the challenges and opportunities for UK agri-food exports, and the uncertainties regarding the transitional (or implementation) period from Brexit in March 2019. Since the Defra-AES Conference on Brexit in 2017, a lot more concrete research and analysis has been undertaken, enriching and underpinning the policy debate. Slides will be made available on the AES website as soon as possible.

Very many thanks to Grant Davies, Alec Jacobs and colleagues in Defra for hosting the conference in Nobel House and for the practical organization of an excellent day!

Wilfrid Legg

The Newsletter went to press before the AES Annual Conference on 16-18 April at the University of Warwick. A report will appear in the June Newsletter.

REF2021 The AES is very pleased to announce that one of its nominees, Euan Phimister, (Aberdeen), has been appointed as a member of Sub-Panel 6, Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science, for the Assessment Phase. http://www.ref.ac.uk/about/membership/
 
EuroChoices and International Outreach
 
The Agricultural Economics Society has been at the forefront within Europe in recognising the need for more effective communications both within its own membership and especially with wider stakeholders in the industry, policy, NGO and education sectors, throughout Europe and beyond. The launch of the journal in 2001, in partnership with the European Association of Agricultural Economists, was a bold and innovative initiative, made possible by funding from the European Commission’s research budget.It is vital that we maintain our close linkages with the Commission and its research programmes. EuroChoices has three main goals: to reach out and broaden appreciation and understanding of the work and ideas of agri-food and rural economists; to provide a unique  channel and encouragement for authors to communicate with readers in accessible language and innovative  formats; and leading to more positive recognition by and engagement with key stakeholders. Full-text downloads from the journal have been growing strongly and in 2017 exceeded 22,000. In 2018, the Summer Issue includes a special section on potential Brexit impacts on the UK agri-food and fisheries sectors, and on the Dutch agri-food sector. The Editor welcomes contributions to the journal and authors are strongly encouraged to view author guidelines on the journal’s homepage at: www.wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/euch General advice to authors can be viewed at: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/seo.asp. Chief Editor, John Davis is also very happy to
engage with authors on potential submissions at:  eurochoices@aes.ac.uk

John Davis, Chief Editor(eurochoices@aes.ac.uk)
 
AES Travel Awards
 
AES Travel Awards - 1 May deadline to apply for 2018 ICAE Conference The AES makes available £10,000 annually to assist members participate at leading international conferences (maximum award £750).  Members of the AES considering attending the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE) in Vancouver, 28 July to 2 August 2018 (http://www.icae2018.com) should visit the AES website for the application form and details on eligibility. Preference will be given to early career researchers. (http://www.aes.ac.uk/page.asp?ID=16)
 
EAAE Seminars and other events
 
EAAE Seminars (www.eaae.org)

30-31 August, Sustainability in the Agri-Food Sector, Galway, Ireland

5-7 September, Preserving ecosystem services via sustainable agro-food chains, Chania, Crete, Greece

24-26 September, European agriculture and transition to bio-economy, Pulawy, Poland

ENHANCE Summer School

17-21 September 2018. The University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest is hosting the third ENHANCE Summer School on Institutional Economics and Agricultural Development atUSAMV Bucharest. The lecturers will come from the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies and aim to introduce the various concepts of defining and conceptualizing economic institutions, focusing especially on institutions of natural resource use, agricultural production and agricultural markets. The five days of intensive courses entail theoretical and practical activities, group work and presentations, cultural and social visits, and field trips.The official language of the course is English. The Summer School is particularly targeted at postgrads, young researchers and young professionals in government and NGO organizations and more information can be found at http://course.enhance-project.ro/ and http://enhance-project.ro/ The contact person is Dr. Irina Chiurciu chiurciu.irina@managusamv.ro or enhanceh2020@gmail.com

In Memoriam:
Emeritus Professor John Nix, 1927-2018
Emeritus Professor David Bateman, 1935-2018
 
It is with deep regret that the AES has learned of the deaths of two of its distinguished members. John Nix, who’s career at Wye College, University of London began in 1961, was AES President in 1990-91 and the Society honoured him with its Award for Excellence in 2011. His highly respected reference work, the Farm Management Pocketbook, is currently in its 48th edition. David Bateman, was appointed Professor of Agricultural Economics at Aberystwyth University, Wales, in 1977 and elected President of the AES in 1989-90. Full obituaries of John Nix and David Bateman will be published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics.

A shorter version of the Newsletter is circulated with the Journal of Agricultural Economics.The deadline for the receipt of material for the next issue is 22 June 2018, to wilfrid_legg@hotmail.com
 
 
     
     
Posted: 21:35:57 - 01/04/2018

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