Summer Schools

The AFEPA summer school is one of the highlights of the programme.
Every year in late July/early August all participants in the AFEPA programme meet at one of the partner universities (see the dropdown menu for information on the previous four summer schools) for the two-week event. For all students this is the only occasion to meet all other students and academics involved in the programme, as due to the fact that students spend their two years in the programme at different universities, many of them do not meet on other occasions.  It is always a very international atmosphere.

One week of the summer school is usually devoted to a 3 to 4 day workshop on a particular topic of agricultural economics (for example, development economics or international trade).
The second week then consists of student presentations.  The first year students have a opportunity to present their idea for their Master’s thesis in a presentation to the group and then benefit from comments and suggestions in the pursuing question and answer and brainstorming session. Second year students are asked to defend their completed master’s thesis in a 20-30 minutes presentation and then face the questions by the professors in the room.  Depending on where students spend their second year, this defense may be seen as the official defense, which means that the grade obtained will be included in the total grade the student obtains for the master’s thesis.

Throughout the summer school, social events and field trips are organized for the participants.

AFEPA Summer Schools

Summer Location Workshop Title
2011 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Imperfections in Rural Financial Markets in Developing Countries: Theoretical origins, Policy response and Impact evaluation (July 19-21, 2011) Prof. Steve Boucher, University of California, Davis, USA
2012 Uppsala, Sweden Applications of Agricultural Trade Policy (August 15 – 17, 2012) Prof. James Rude, University of Alberta, Canada
2013 Budapest, Hungary Sustainable Energy Policy (August 12-15, 2013) Prof. Thomas G. Johnson, University of Missouri, USA
2014 Bonn, Germany Consumer Food Choice and Policy (August 4-8, 2014) Prof. Sean Cash, Tufts University, USA
2015 Barcelona, Spain Multicriteria Decision Making for Agriculture and Environment (August 3-6, 2015) Prof. Slim Zekri, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
2016 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Field Experiments to Inform Policy and Programs in Development Economics (July 19-23, 2016) Prof. Nicholas Magnan, University of Georgia, USA
2017 Barcelona, Spain Perspectives on International Agriculture and Rural Development (July 24-27, 2017) Prof. Ruben G. Echeverría, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Colombia
2018 Rende, Italy Quasi-experimental methods in agricultural, food and environmental policy analysis (July 16-20, 2018) Scientific Committee: Rosanna Nisticò (University of Calabria), Donato Romano (University of Florence), Paolo Sckokai (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), Luca Salvatici, (Roma Tre University)