The research activities of SLU’s Agricultural and Food Economics unit in the Department of Economics concern the assessment of agricultural and trade policies, modeling of agri-food markets, and other issues related to agriculture, resources, and the environment. Often, the unit applies econometric tools and methods.

The unit of Environmental Economics has an interest in and focus on research relevant for environmental policy. Some particular areas are: effects of policy instruments on carbon emission in a long term perspective; expected developments in non-renewable resource prices; bio-energy and climate change; compliance with environmental regulations and design of environmental policies.

Faculty members and their specialization in the different sub-fields relevant for the programme

Faculty Member Specialization
Prof. H. Hansson Production economics
Prof. R. Hart Environmental and Resource Economics
Prof. emeritus Y. Surry Agricultural and trade policy analysis with an emphasis on applied econometric methods and general equilibrium modelling

Prof. Helena Hansson is full Professor in agricultural and food economics. Her research interests are farm management, farmer-decision making and the economics of strategic choices, and production-economic analyses related to the efficiency of farm production. She extensively works with interdisciplinary approaches, using behavioral models to explain decision-making, economic behavior and economic performance.

Prof. Robert Hart is full Professor of environmental economics. His research concerns the development of the global – spaceship – economy in the very long run, and the management of that development through policy instruments.

Prof. emeritus Yves Surry has extensive research experience in the modeling of agri-food sectors, as well as in applied econometrics and the evaluation of agricultural and trade policies. He is also engaged in input-output modelling.