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Annual Conference

The Annual Conference of The Agricultural Economics Society will be held online on 29th & 30th March 2021

It is with regret that we will not be able to run a hybrid conference due to the impact of the on-going pandemic. But this does allow us to focus on a fully online virtual conference, and we aim to make this as appealing, interactive and engaging as possible, using the latest technology via the AES website.

After a good response to the conference call, many high-quality papers have been received and accepted. Together with invited speakers, keynotes, posters, masterclasses and workshops, we will be hosting a strong and exciting programme, covering a wide range of topics of interest to our members.

We are very pleased to confirm there will be no conference fees for AES members.  All subscribed members for 2021 will be able to access the conference in full. We encourage everyone to register and participate.


-    Presidential address by Prof. Janet Dwyer (Countryside and Community Research Institute):
Policy Analysis for Rural Resilience – Expanding the Toolkit
-    Keynote address by Prof. Ada Wossink (University of Manchester): Loving the Challenge:
Navigating Interdisciplinary Research as an Economist
-    Symposium led by Prof. Helena Hansson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences):
Animal Welfare in the Food Value Chain – from Producers to Consumers
-    Symposium led by Prof. John Davis (Chief Editor of EuroChoices):
Reflections on Twenty Years of EuroChoices in Communicating Accessible Analysis
-    Masterclass on agent-based modelling led by Prof. Gertjan Hofstede (Wageningen University):
Why Can Farmers Be “Thieves of their own Wallets”? Artificial Sociality in Models of Agricultural Systems

The Agricultural Economics Society explicitly intends to support early-career researchers by awarding a prize for the best presentation by a PhD student in the contributed paper sessions and two best poster prizes for early-career researchers.

Call for Papers

Each year a diverse set of papers, centred on the discipline of Agricultural Economics, is selected for the conference programme. Sessions cover topics such as agricultural trade and policy, environmental economics and policy, supply chain analysis, food demand and policy, behavioural economics, structural adjustment of agriculture, climate change impacts and mitigation, livestock production and disease, agricultural development, technology adoption, the economics of bioenergy, modelling and analysis techniques.

Submissions are possible in three categories:

Contributed Papers:  Contributed Papers will present theoretical developments in the field of agricultural economics or sound applications of theory for the benefit of decision making in the public or private sector. Contributed Papers will be allocated in thematic session, each paper with a 25 min slot (15 min talk and 10 min discussion). Presentations by PhD students will be embedded in the main Conference programme and specific feedback will be provided for the presenters. The best PhD presenter will be awarded with a prize of £100.

Discussion Papers:  The intention of these sessions is to provide a platform for authors to present work that considers new ideas and approaches, addresses issues relating to the more formative stages of a research project or more generally provides the basis for wider discussion. Each Discussion Paper will be allocated with a 30 min slot (20 min talk and 10 min discussion).

Posters:  Posters are welcome to present research results or research of earlier stage. Two best poster prizes of £250 each will be awarded to two early career researchers. We acknowledge financial support of Wiley for these prizes.  Poster guidlines can be viewed here.

Applications for the Contributed Paper sessions, Discussion Paper sessions and Poster session should all make use of the same template (ca. 500-1000 words), which can be found here (please upload your extended abstract in a pdf format).  

Accepted Contributed Papers (4000-8000 words) and Discussion Papers (4000-8000 words) and Posters will be made available to delegates through the AES website before the conference. In addition, papers from the conference are normally archived on the AgEcon Search repository at the University of Minnesota. If you would rather not have your paper included on AgEcon search, please let us know on the submission form.

Symposium & Workshops

Symposium 1:  Animal Welfare in the Food Value Chain – From Producers to Consumers
Symposium 2:  Replicability in experimental economics
Symposium 3: Reflections on Twenty Years of EuroChoices in Communicating Accessible Analysis
Symposium 4: Agroecological transitions of farming systems: Strategies and their implications for sustainability and governance in different European contexts
Symposium 5: Smallholder commercialisation in sub-Saharan Africa
Symposium 6: Non-conventional inputs in Total Factor Productivity analysis
Workshop 1:  Partial equilibirum modeling in agricultural and trade policy analysis

Workshop 2: Writing skills in agricultural economics
Masterclass on agent-based modelling

Deadline for full paper submission and early bird registration:  8th March 2021

For all enquiries, please contact: frederic.ang@wur.nl

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