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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073600, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AGRIFOOD ECONOMICS AND POLICY
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SAMUELE TRESTINI AGR/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/01 Rural economy and evaluation 8.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 TRESTINI SAMUELE (Presidente)
GATTO PAOLA (Supplente)
2 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 : fino al 19/08/2018 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 TRESTINI SAMUELE (Presidente)
GATTO PAOLA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides an understanding of the macroeconomic functioning of agricultural and food economy discussing the goals of agricultural policy and illustrating the economic policy tools applied on the agricultural and food sector
Examination methods: Final written texts including short and open-ended questions.

Alternatively, students that participate to class could take part to three short written texts that will take place during the course. In addition, at the end of the course students will discuss a research paper agreed in consultation with the course lecturer
Assessment criteria: Final Text Option
Final written texts including short and open-ended questions 100%

Short Text Option:
Two Short written texts and a final discussion of a selected paper.

FFirst Short text 35%
Second Short text 35%
Paper discussion 30%
Total: 100%
Course unit contents: 1. Basic elements of economic policy (1st ECTS - 8 hours)
- Normative models and economic policy.
- Goals of economic policy.
- Models of economic policy

2. Theory of Public choices (2nd ECTS - 8 hours)
- Public choices according to the theory of voting
- Public choices in relation with the social welfare function
- Public choices in representative democracies

3. Public intervention in agriculture (3rd ECTS - 8 hours)
- Instability and uncertainty in agriculture
- Reasons underlying the public intervention in agriculture.
- Government support level

4. Global agriculture market and liberalization (4th ECTS - 8 hours)
- Theories in favor and against agricultural liberalism
- International policy: from GATT to WTO
- US Agricultural policy

5. The Common Agricultural Policy (5th and 6th ECTS - 16 hours)
- History of the EU
- CAP: objective and evolution over time
- Evolution of the Common market organizations
- The CAP and the GATT/WTO agreement
- Policy Decupling
- Externalities and non-traded goods
- Recent evolutions of CAP towards 2020

6. The national and regional agricultural policies (7th ECTS - 8 hours)
- Evolution and future of national and regional policies
- Structural policies
- Agri-environmental policies
- Rural development policy and evolution towards 2020

7. Impact analysis of Common Agricultural Policy (8th ECTS - 8 hours)
- Methods of analysis of policy impact
- Impact assessment papers discussion.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theoretical lectures, case studies analysis and discussion.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The lecture material will come from the class textbook, projected slides.
The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Schmitz, Furtan and Baylis, Agricultural Policy, Agribusiness and Rent-Seeking Behavior. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, --.
  • Senior Nello S., The European Union - Economics, Policie & History. --: McGraw-Hill, 2012.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Story telling
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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