Osnabrück 2019

The Research network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy (REECAP) is an EU-wide network founded in 2017. It 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. REECAP is open to those who wish to promote behavioural analysis and economic experimental designs for the ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of (European) agricultural policies.

After Angers in 2017 and Vienna in 2018, the third meeting will take place at the University of Osnabrück in Germany on September 9th and 10th 2019. It is organised jointly by REECAP, Osnabrück University and the Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship of Environmental Economics at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research with funds from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.

The annual meeting’s objective is to strengthen and enlarge the REECAP community and disseminate research and policy advice in the field of agricultural policy. We envisage to attract a diverse audience consisting of researchers, practitioners, policy makers, administrative staff and people lobbying for or intrested in enhancing the performance of agricultural policies. We will welcome contributions from the fields of behavioral and experimental agricultural economics (finished or work-in-progress, not necessarily in the CAP context), which

  • apply experimental methods to agricultural or agri-environmental themes: laboratory, field, lab-in-the-field, randomized controlled trials (RCT), and discrete choice experiments (DCE),
  • use quasi-experimental techniques to evaluate agricultural or agri-environmental policies, or
  • advance or synthesize behavioral economic insights to improve agricultural or agri-environmental policy.

The official call for contributions is available here.

Program of the meeting

A short booklet with useful information can be downloaded here.

A detailed program is available for download here (updated 2019-09-19).

Please find the program overview below:

Monday, 09th September 2019


08:00 - Registration desk opens

09:00 - Opening session by Stefanie Engel

09:30 - Keynote presentation by Alan Matthews*

Experimental and Behavioural Economics for the Future of the Common Agricultural Policy

10:30 - Coffee break

11:00 - Parallel session I

12:30 - Lunch break


13:30 - Roundtable I (Chair: Elisabeth Gsottbauer)

Reproducibility in Experimental Economics: Crisis or Opportunity?

15:15 - Coffee break

15:45 - Parallel session II

16:55 - End of formal part


17:15 - REECAP internal session (open to everyone)

18:45 - Walk to social dinner

19:00 - Social dinner at Osnabrücker Pizzahaus (Maps)

Tuesday, 10th September 2019


09:00 - Short opening

09:15 - Keynote presentation by Paul Ferraro*

Improving program effectiveness by creating a culture of experimental evaluation

10:15 - Coffee break

10:45 - Roundtable II (Chair: Jesús Barreiro-Hurlé)

And when you see a crowd I see a flock - How can we leverage experimental evidence from farmers to improve policy design?

12:30 - Lunch break


14:00 - Keynote presentation by Rainer Gießübel

Research-based policy advice for agricultural and food policy

15:00 - Coffee break

15:30 - Parallel session III

17:00 - Farewell

Keynote speakers

Roundtable I: Reproducibility in Experimental Economics: Crisis or Opportunity?

This roundtable is concerned with examining the state of the art of the replication crisis in the social sciences and how this applies to research from environmental and agricultural economics meant to inform policy. It aims to highlight topics of statistical power, research design choices influencing reproducibility, questionable research practices, and publication standards also including challenges to publish replication studies in particular.

This roundtable is chaired by Elisabeth Gsottbauer (University of Innsbruck; REECAP).

Roundtable II: And when you see a crowd I see a flock - How can we leverage experimental evidence from farmers to improve policy design?

Behavioural economics is heading towards a mainstream approach in analysing decision making by economic agents, including farmers. The latest CAP 2020+ proposal included in its Impact Assessment references to behavioural insights regarding the adoption of environmental friendly practices or collaboration between farmers. Despite the growing evidence, the uptake of evidence from behavioural insights and experiments into agricultural policy design is still at its infancy. This roundtable will confront the state of play of behavioural research based on experiments with how policy is designed and the problems they face. With participants both from academia research, research management and policy design we expect a lively debate that will allow policy makers to understand the potential of experiments to inform their decisions and academics to understand what are the questions policy makers need to be tested experimentally.

This roundtable is chaired by Jesús Barreiro-Hurlé (Joint Research Centre; REECAP).


Contributed presentations

The contributed presentations from the parallel sessions will be made available after the meeting in September (given the authors agree).

There will be a session chair for each session. The chair is responsible for time management within the session. Presentations are supposed to last approx. 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of discussion (20 minutes in total). This gives room for 10 minutes of general discussion at the end of each session with 4 presenters (90 minutes in total). Sessions with 2 or 3 presenters will last for 50 minutes or 70 minutes respectively. The seminar rooms are equipped with a laptop, a projector and a screen. All presenters are kindly asked to upload their presentations on the seminar room’s laptop before the start of the session. Technical assistance will be available in each seminar room.

Parallel session I: AES design

Agri-environmental contracts and improving sequences of payments: A choice experiment by Douadia Bougherara

Farmers’ preferences towards outcome-based payment for ecosystem service schemes by Laure Kuhfuss*

Comparing action- and result-based agri-environmental payments using experimental auctions by Tanaka Katsuya

Collective participation in payment for ecosystem service schemes by Nick Hanley (chair)

Parallel session I: Choice experiments

An experimental investigation into improving the incentives for on-farm conservation of traditional European wheat varieties for the public good by Nicholas Tyack

Improving vaccination in cattle farming: An experimenton strategies and risk decisions by Youenn Loheac*

Willingness to pay and to receive for the establishment of a voluntary market for carbon sequestered by hedgerows: Valuations by choice experiments by Nasser Seyni

To cooperate or not, and how? Unravelling Flemish fruit producer’s preferences for coordination’s schemes attributes by Isabelle Bonjean (chair)

Parallel session II: CAP architecture

More than a little, less than a lot: Splitting environmental ambition in the new CAP greening architecture by Jesús Barreiro-Hurlé*

Designing an effective small farming scheme in France with environmental and employment conditions by Raphaële Préget

What do farmers expect of sustainability standards: Evidence of a discrete choice experiment in Germany by Veronika Hannus (chair)

Parallel session II: Developing countries

A field experiment to assess the impact of mobile phone applications on the welfare of farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India by Reddy Sai Shiva Jayanth*

Are equitable conservation payments more effective? Economic experiments in a tropical national park by Jens Rommel (chair)

Parallel session III: Lab and field

Is there illusion of control in farmers’ financing decisions? by Jens Rommel

How absolutist are GMO sceptics? An experimental investigation by Johanna Jauernig

Farmer identity and dishonest behaviour by Claas Meyer

Animal welfare and economic performance in pig husbandry by Reinhard Uehleke* (chair)

Parallel session III: Citizens preferences

Public preferences for pesticide-free urban green spaces: A socio-economic survey by Marianne Lefebvre

The impact of information-transfer related to soil biodiversity on Flemish citizens’ preferences for forest management by Iris Vanerman* (chair)

Nutrient Tender - a designer approach to water quality improvement in the GBR, Australia by Stuart Whitten*

*Copyright notice

*The participants, panelists and keynote speakers whose slides are made available on this webpage all have given their consent. All rights remain with the authors. The authors were informed that no copyrighted material should be included in the slides without permission and that they could be held liable for any copyright infringement. REECAP is not liable in case of copyright infringement.


The registration will open on the 8th of July. Please use the online form available here (closed 2019-09-06). We kindly ask you to register until 15th of August. If you need an official invitation, please contact info@reecap.org. If you need a confirmation of attendance, please ask at the registration desk at the beginning of the meeting.

No registration fees apply, since the REECAP meeting in 2019 is fully financed by the Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship of Environmental Economics at Osnabrück University with funds from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.


The workshop takes place at the Bohnenkamp-Haus of the Botanical Garden of Osnabrück University, Albrechtstr. 29, D-49076 Osnabrück.

From the city centre you can easily find your way to the Botanical Garden by bus (15 minutes), by car/taxi (10 minutes) or on foot (30 minutes - taking a walk through the garden). The website of the Botanical Garden offers a description for each of these options. General remarks on transportation in Osnabrück follow below.

A campus map can be found here.

© Osnabrück University/Jan Cazek (2014)

Getting around in Osnabrück

Getting around in Osnabrück works best by using the public bus transport system. Transportation is organized by the "Verkehrsgemeinschaft Osnabrück (VOS)" and tickets can be bought either on the bus or using their App "VOSpilot". Information in English on the different tickets available can be found in this brochure.

Two important bus hubs are at the main station (called "Osnabrück Hauptbahnhof") and at the city centre (called "Neumarkt"). The closest bus stop to the Botanical Garden is called "Hochschulen Westerberg". Bus lines 21/22 can be used both from the main station and from the Neumarkt to reach this destination. Directions to the Botanical Garden are "Atterfeld" (line 21) and "Campus Westerberg/ICO" (line 22) and to the city centre and the main station the directions are "Kreishaus/Zoo" (line 21) and "Hauptbahnhof" (line 22).

Taxis are available at the main station and in the city centre.

Travel information

The city of Osnabrück offers an overview page providing information on the different possibilities for reaching Osnabrück.

Osnabrück is easiest to reach via train, since it is connected both to the North-South axis (Hamburg-Cologne) and the East-West axis (Berlin-Amsterdam) and thus to most major European cities. Tickets can be bought online with Deutsche Bahn.

The closest Airport is Flughafen-Münster-Osnabrück (FMO), which is however not well connected to many European Member States (should your destination be FMO, please be aware that a shuttle bus transfer is needed to Osnabrück). Luckily, many other international airports are well connected to Osnabrück by train:

Bremen Airport, Hannover Airport, Hamburg Airport, Düsseldorf Airport, Cologne/Bonn Airport, Frankfurt Airport and Amsterdam Airport. Amsterdam and Frankfurt Airport have a train station on-site, while in the other cases a shuttle transfer from the airport to the train station is needed (please visit airport websites for more information).

Accommodation options

Please find below a list of hotels in Osnabrück with different pricing/comfort levels:


The BIOECON 2019 conference takes place from 11th to 13th September 2019 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. This creates the special opportunity to visit two conferences in one go. Wageningen (train station Ede-Wageningen) can be reached from Osnabrück via train.

Submission of abstracts

Participants are invited to present their own work at the workshop. Participants who don't want to present their work are equally welcome.

Abstracts for presentations must be submitted via email to submissions@reecap.org. The submitted 400 words abstracts must be in English and should be sent as .docx or .pdf file. The template for contributed papers is available online. The abstracts will be reviewed by two members of the REECAP organizing committee.


    • 07th May Extended Deadline for abstract submission
    • 17th June Notification of acceptance
    • 08th July Opening of registration (no registration fee)


Email: info@reecap.org

Submissions: submissions@reecap.org

Web: http://www.reecap.org

Joint scientific and organizing committee

Jesús Barreiro-Hurlé, Douadia Bougherara, Riccardo D’Alberto, Maia David, Stefanie Engel, Marie Ferre, Elisabeth Gsottbauer, Ann-Kathrin Koessler, Laure Kuhfuss, Marianne Lefebvre, Ulrich Morawetz, Raphaële Préget, Jens Rommel and Fabian Thomas (head of committee).

The workshop is jointly organised by REECAP, Osnabrück University and the Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship of Environmental Economics at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research with funds from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation.