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Research topics

The shared ambition of our collective is to create a research and teaching group in economy of agriculture, agri-food and environment, recognized internationally for the quality of its work not only academic but also in expertise. Our scientific project aims to give priority to four themes: the behavior of agricultural producers and public regulations; Markets, agriculture and development; Industrial strategies of agri-food enterprises in a globalized economy; Organization and performance of agricultural and food chains.

SMART-LERECO  is structured in two research topics:

Organisations, Structures and Performances (OSP)

Group leaders: Sabine Duvaleix and Karine Latouche

The research programme “Organisations, Structures and Performances » (OSP) develops theoretical and empirical analyses in international, industrial, geographical and consumer economics. This work is applied to the agricultural and agri-food sectors and to the retail sector. Faced with societal challenges and the evolution of actors' strategies and public policies on agricultural and agri-food markets, this research programme addresses the following three main themes:

  • International competitiveness and revisited trade gains
  • Agri-food supply chain and territorial coordination
  • Consumption, sustainable attributes and life quality

Production and Markets in Agriculture (PMA)

Animateurs : Elodie Letort et Aude Ridier

Most of the work in this research axis focuses on the development of economic models and the estimation of econometric models to inform public decision-making.  The research aims to analyze the choices made by farmers and actors on agricultural markets, and to assess the effects of public policies (including the EU CAP) impacting this sector. The studies are situated in an economic and political context where the agricultural sector is moving towards greater price volatility and sustainable production and consumption patterns.

The topics covered are:

  • Microeconomic and microeconometric modeling of agricultural producers’ choices. A particular attention is given to risk management, the choice of agricultural production practices, and the sector’s structural evolution.
  • The functioning of the markets linked to agricultural production, with particular attention to the volatility of agricultural commodity prices, factor markets, the effects of trade policies, and food security.
  • The development and effects of agri-environmental legislation.