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Can economic experiments contribute to a more effective CAP?

Lefebvre, Marianne; Barreiro‐Hurlé, Jesus; Blanchflower, Ciaran; Colen, Liesbeth; Kuhfuss, Laure; Rommel, Jens; Šumrada, Tanja; Thomas, Fabian; Thoyer, Sophie

Abstract

In order to keep pace with the evolution of the objectives and means of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, evaluation tools also need to adapt. A set of tools that have proved highly effective in other policy fields is economic experiments. These allow the testing of a new policy before its implementation, provide evidence of its specific effects, and identify behavioural dimensions that can influence policy outcomes. We argue that agricultural policy should be subject to economic experiments, providing examples to illustrate how they can inform CAP design. We identify the additional efforts needed to establish further proof-of-concept, by running more – and more robust – experiments related to the CAP. This can happen only by integrating experimental evaluation results within the policy cycle and addressing ethical and practical challenges seriously. To do so, researchers would benefit from a concerted European effort to promote the methodology across the EU; organise the replication in time and across Europe of experiments relevant for the CAP; and build a multi-national panel of farmers willing to participate in experiments. Steps are being taken in this direction by the Research Network of Economics Experiments for CAP evaluation (REECAP).

Published in

EuroChoices
2021, volume: 20, number: 3, pages: 42-49

Authors' information

Lefebvre, Marianne
Universite d'Angers
Barreiro‐Hurlé, Jesus
Joint Research Centre, European Commission (JRC)
Blanchflower, Ciaran
University of Angers
Colen, Liesbeth
University of Göttingen
Kuhfuss, Laure
The James Hutton Institute
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Šumrada, Tanja
University of Ljubljana
Thomas, Fabian
University of Osnabrück
Thoyer, Sophie
National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG15 Life on land
SDG2 Zero hunger
SDG13 Climate action

UKÄ Subject classification

Economics

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1746-692X.12324

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/112970