The Research network on Economic Experiments for the CAP (REECAP) is a EU-wide informal consortium created in 2017. REECAP’s objectives 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 .
The first REECAP workshop in June 2017 in Angers (France) was a success. A special issue of the European Review of Agricultural Economics “Enriching the CAP evaluation toolbox with experimental approaches” has been launched with two members of REECAP as guest editors.
The Angers workshop participants have unanimously decided that a second workshop should follow. Here we are! The 2nd REECAP workshop will take place in Vienna (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences) from 26th to 27th of September 2018. The second day of the REECAP workshop in Vienna will be organized together with the 28th Annual Conference of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics (27th to 28th September) on the topic “Scientific Methods for an evidence based agricultural policy”. Participants of the REECAP workshop are invited to participate to both events from 26th to 28th September.
Objectives of the REECAP workshop
The objective of this workshop is to strengthen and enlarge the REECAP community of researchers and experts. We will welcome contributions showcasing how experimental approaches (lab and field experiments, discrete choice experiments, randomized controlled trials) can be mobilized to improve ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of CAP-related measures. We are open to a broad range of contributions, even if they have not the format of a publishable paper: presentation of path-breaking ideas to improve experimental approaches, illustrations of successes and failures of policy evaluation in the field of agriculture and environment, literature surveys and meta-analyses, proposals for multidisciplinary approaches involving experiments (with behavioural and socio-psychological analysis for example), illustrations of the complementarity of evaluation tools, etc. We want to foster a lively and fruitful discussion on research questions, on methodological difficulties, and on the way we can work together with policy-makers and stakeholders.
Some time will be dedicated during the workshop to think together how we can move forward and organize joint work and continuous exchanges within the REECAP network.
Wednesday, 26th September 2018
- Opening by Erwin Schmid, Head of Department "Economics and Social Sciences" at BOKU
- Keynote by Kent Messer from the Center for Behavioral & Experimental Agri-Environmental Research in the US (CBEAR)
- Coffee break
- REECAP Contributed papers sessions
- Lunch (sponsored by Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship of Environmental Economics, University of Osnabruck, with funding from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation)
- Keynote by Malika Kacimi from Fond d'Expérimentation pour la Jeunesse, Institut National de la Jeunesse et de l’Education Populaire INJEP, France
- Keynote by Axel Sonntag, Insight-Austria and Vienna Center for Experimental Economics
- Short presentations of on-going work by REECAP members
- Coffee break
- Group work to move forward with REECAP missions
Thursday, 27th September 2018 (jointly with the ÖGA annual conference)
Morning: Plenary session (jointly with ÖGA) “Methods for an evidence based agricultural policy”
- Keynote by Franz Sinabell, Austrian Institute of Economic Research
- Coffee break
- Keynote by Sophie Thoyer, IRSTEA - French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture
- Keynote by Florence Buchholzer, DG AGRI Directorate C "Strategy, simplification and policy analysis"
- Lunch (included in the participation fee)
- REECAP and ÖGA contributed paper sessions
- Coffee break
- REECAP and ÖGA contributed workshops
- Evening reception and ceremony of the ÖGA Award (partly in German)
Friday, 28th September 2018 (ÖGA conference, REECAP participants welcome)
Morning (no additional fees for REECAP participants)
- ÖGA Contributed paper sessions
- Coffee break
- ÖGA Contributed paper sessions
- ÖGA field trip (additional fee applies, see oega.boku.ac.at)
- Florence Buchholzer, DG AGRI Directorate C "Strategy, simplification and policy analysis": “Impact assessment supporting the legislative proposals for the Common Agricultural Policy post 2020” See the ÖGA-blog for background documents.
- Malika Kacimi, Fond d'Expérimentation pour la Jeunesse, Institut National de la Jeunesse et de l’Education Populaire INJEP, France : "Experiments on youth policies in France: the need to combine several methods of evaluation and thecase of randomization"
- Kent Messer, Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research and University Delaware: “Applying Behavioral and Experimental Economics to U.S. Agri-Environmental Programs: Benefits, Challenges, & Lessons Learned”
- Franz Sinabell, Austrian Institute of Economic Research: “The new CAP – a new era of evidence based policy making?”
- Axel Sonntag, Insight-Austria and Vienna Center for Experimental Economics: "On the importance of randomized controlled trials – field experimental evidence from higher education in Austria"
- Sophie Thoyer, IRSTEA (French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture): “Enriching the CAP evaluation toolbox with experimental approaches”
Session "Spatial effects and nudging in economic experiments"
- L. Kuhfuss, R. Préget, S. Thoyer, F.P. de Vries, N. Hanley: "Nudging Participation and Spatial Agglomeration in Agri-environmental Schemes? "
- T. Badura, S. Ferrini., I. Bateman, T. Fonseca: "Application of novel methodology to capture and understand spatial distribution of preferences for changes in high intensity agricultural landscapes in Great Britain."
- J. Rommel, E. Anggraini: "Spatially explicit framed field experiments on ecosystem services governance"
- Abildtrup J., B. Ouvrard, A. Stenger "Nudging social acceptability of wood-ash re-cycling in forests? "
Session "Risk and environmental preferences"
- I. Bonjean: "Cumulative Prospect Theory and Farmer’s strategies and performances: evidences from the apple and pear sector in Flanders"
- D. Bougherara, L. Friesen, C. Nauges: "Risk taking with left- and right-skewed technologies"
- F. Thomas, M. Lefebvre, E. Midler and S. Engel: "Experimental assessment of the determinants of pro-environmental behavior of German farmers"
- B. Balmford, B. Day, G. Smith: "The potential for efficiency gains offered by endogenous individual-level monitoring in diffuse pollution with group Incentives"
Session "Valuation and Evaluation"
- M. Faccioli, P. Novo, A. Byg: "Understanding the preferences of the public for agri-environmental schemes: the case of a farmland area in north-east Scotland"
- M. Czajkowski, N. Letki., K. Zagórska, P. Tryjanowski, A. Wąs: "Drivers of farmers’ willingness to adopt extensive farming practices in ecologically valuable river valleys - the case of Biebrza Marshes"
- R. D'Alberto, M. Zavalloni, M. Raggi, D. Viaggi, D. : "An application of value transfer with non-parametric Statistical Matching"
- R. Uehleke, M. Petrick, S. Hüttel: "Agricultural policy evaluation using farm-level data"
- U.B. Morawetz, C. Tribl, A. Reindl: "Randomised Controlled Trials for the agri-environment measure 'Refrain from silage'"
Session "Behavioral agricultural economics"
- F.J. Dessart, J. Barreiro-Hurlé, R. van Bavel: "A behavioural approach to farmer decision-making: the case of sustainable agriculture"
- O. Carvin: "The Link between time preferences and Agri-Environmental Measures Adoption"
- B. Hasler, Mikołaj Czajkowski, H. Ø. Nielsen: "Examining farmers’ preferences for implementing agri-environmental schemes – a cross country comparison of schemes as incentives for nutrient abatementin Baltic Sea catchments."
- J. Abildtrup, G. Bostedt, B. Ouvrard, A. Stenger: "Closing nutrient cycles through wood-ash re-cycling"
- C. Egger, A. Mayer, C. Plutzar, V. Gaube, H. Haberl, S. Dullinger, I. Dullinger, F. Essl, A. Bohner: "LUBIO (Land Use, climate change and BIO-diversity in cultural landscapes)"
Organized Session "Economic Experiments in Developing Countries"
- P. Novo, J. Martin-Ortega, A. Mesa-Jurado, M. Ferré, M. Pineda: "Can we measure nature commodification? A framed field experiment in the Lacandon jungle, Mexico"
- L. Loft, S. R. Gehrig, D. Ngoc Le, J. Rommel: "Exploring the link between equity and effectiveness in Payments for Ecosystem Services: A field experiment in Vietnam"
- A.-G. Kouakou, E. Gsottbauer, S. Engel "How competitive are you? – An experimental study on self-selection in auctions for conservation contracts in the lab and the field"
Please register using the online registration form. After filling out the online registration form, you will receive an email asking you to trasfer the registration fee (and the fee for the field trip). If you need an invoice to transfer the registration fee, please contact email@example.com after online registration. If you need a confirmation of attendance, please ask at the registration desk at the beginning of the workshop.
The fee of € 90 includes participation at the REECAP workshop and the ÖGA conference: lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, refreshment breaks and the Thursday evening reception. The cost of accommodation and of the field trip (€40) are not included.
The workshop takes place at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Feistmantelstrasse 4, 1180 Vienna. The venue is located in a residential area next to a big park ("Türkenschanzpark") located about 50 minutes by public transport from the main station (station 'Wien Hauptbahnhof') and 20 minutes to the city center (e.g., Station 'Schottentor').
For planing your trips in Vienna you can use the webpage https://anachb.vor.at/
You can get to the workshop venue with the buses 10A, 37A and 40A (get off at station "Dänenstraße" and walk to "Guttenberg Haus" on the map above).
Single tickets (2,40€) for public transport are valid for one trip (including all changes between bus, tram, metro&trains). Tickets are available at vending machines in metro stations, in trams, at tabacconists and through an app (tickets cannot be bought on buses). A ticket for 1 day is 5.80€, for 24h 14.10€ and for 48h 17.10€. For details on available tickets use the webpage of the Wiener Linien.
For trips from/to the airport ('Flughafen Wien Bahnhof') it is cheapest to use the federal railways ÖBB (4.10€). Alternatively the CAT-railway (€11) and the Airport bus (8€) may be used. A taxi to the airport can be orderd online for 28€ www.vienna-airport-cab.at/.
The number of accomodations close to the venue is limited:
- Hotel Park-Villa (Hasenauerstraße 12) , 1.0 km from the venue (ask for special rates for "BOKU" when booking)
- IBIS hotel (Döblinger Hauptstrasse 2 ), 1.5 km from the venue (ask for special rates for "BOKU" when booking)
- Derag Hotel Kaiser Franz Josef, 1.6 km from the venue (ask for special rates for "BOKU" when booking)
- Art Hotel Ana Katharina, 1.9 km from the venue
- Hotel Senator, 2.5 km from the venue, bus 10A directly connects to the venue (ask for special rates for "BOKU" when booking)
- Further accomodations in this list from BOKU international office offer special rates for BOKU events. Please ask directly at the accomodations for BOKU special rates.
Submission of abstracts and workshop outlines
Participants are invited to present their own work at the workshop. Participation who don't want to present their own work are equally welcome.
Abstracts for presentations must be submitted per email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submitted 400 words abstracts must be in English and in Microsoft Word format. The template for contributed papers is available online. The abstracts will be reviewed by two members of the REECAP organizing committee. By submitting an abstract you agree that the abstract is published in conference proceedings.
Next to abstracts for presentations, also outlines for contributed workshops can be submitted. A workshop is 1.5h long and is flexible in format. See the template for contributed workshops for details.
You may additionally want to submit a (non-experimental) paper to the 28th Annual Conference of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics (ÖGA). The deadline for ÖGA Shortpapers has ended on 6th of May 2018. For details see the ÖGA call for papers at oega.boku.ac.at. Please do not submit the same paper to the REECAP and the ÖGA call.
- 6th May Deadline for submission of abstracts and workshop outlines
- 6th June Notification of acceptance of submissions
- 15st August Deadline for registration and transfer of registration fee
Riccardo D’Alberto, Marie Ferre, Elisabeth Gsottbauer, Kati Häfner, Luka Juvančič, Jorie Knook, Laure Kuhfuss, Marianne Lefebvre, Ulrich Morawetz, Raphaële Préget, Meri Raggi, Jens Rommel, Fabian Thomas, Sophie Thoyer, David Viaggi, Matteo Zavalloni.
The workshop is jointly organized by REECAP, Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics (ÖGA), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) and the Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship of Environmental Economics at the Institute for Environmental Systems Research at Osnabruck University.