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Research network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy (REECAP) Webinar 2020

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Online Event
1st and 2nd September 2020
for researchers, experts and policy-makers
REECAP Webinar 2020

The Research network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy (REECAP), an EU-wide network founded in 2017, is having its 2020 meeting as an online event on 1-2 September 2020, organised by Laure Kuhfuss (Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences, James Hutton Institute). 

The REECAP meeting aims at bringing together researchers, experts and policy-makers interested in the use of economic experimental approaches to evaluate and improve the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). REECAP’s objective is to contribute to the constant improvement of European agricultural policies, by providing robust results on their net impact, but also by helping to design well-adjusted and effective policy interventions, in the fields, amongst others, of income support, investment policies, risk management and agri-environment including climate change. REECAP can thus help to identify and evaluate policies which are well accepted by farmers, improve the effectiveness of public money spending and yield to more satisfactory outcomes for food consumers and for citizens.

The presentations will be organised around two main themes:

  • Experimenting with behavioural insights - Nudging and framing for environmental ambition: This first half-day will discuss the potential of mobilizing behavioural leverages to improve policy performance. Presentations will cover a range of behavioural leverages (the impact of collective participation on programs; the potential of social norms to promote environmentally friendly behaviours; the impact of framing) as well as diverse methods (classic stated preference methods and revealed preference experiments). In addition, we will also focus on the impact of methodological choices on the results estimated. Topics covered by the presentations will include agri-environmental schemes, water-saving technologies and organic farming. We will aim at improving our understanding of the potential to use experiments (both in the lab and in the field) to better understand how farmer behaviour will respond to policy design innovations and of the performance of behavioural interventions to promote environmentally friendly practices.
  • Ex-ante evaluation of CAP new designs with discrete choice experiments: This second half-day will aim at demonstrating how discrete choice experiments can be designed to assess farmers’ preferences and willingness to accept as well as society’s willingness to pay for different agricultural policy designs. Four papers will be presented where the discrete choice experiment methodology is used to evaluate ex-ante the design of new CAP measures put forward for the 2021-2027 period. Three of them focus on measures designed to preserve biodiversity: genetic biodiversity of cultivated species in the Czech Republic, species conservation (lapwings) in German arable land and habitats conservation in Slovenian grasslands, while the last one examines the acceptability of a small farmers’ scheme in France with various types of eligibility conditions. These four contributions test the feasibility of schemes which could be implemented within the first pillar of CAP, either through an adjustment of direct payments (offering farmers the option of a simplified lump-sum per farm payment replacing the per-hectare payment) or through the Eco schemes.

For programme and registration information please see the event website.

The event is supported by the Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government.

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