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Can Economic Experiments Contribute to a More Effective CAP?

Les expérimentations économiques peuvent-elles contribuer à rendre la PAC plus efficace ?

Marianne Lefebvre (), Jesús Barreiro-Hurlé, Ciaran Blanchflower, Liesbeth Colen, Laure Kuhfuss, Jens Rommel, Tanja Šumrada, Fabian Thomas and Sophie Thoyer ()
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Marianne Lefebvre: UA - Université d'Angers
Ciaran Blanchflower: UA - Université d'Angers
Liesbeth Colen: Georg-August-University = Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Tanja Šumrada: University of Ljubljana
Fabian Thomas: OS UAS - Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences - Hochschule Osnabrück
Sophie Thoyer: CEE-M - Centre d'Economie de l'Environnement - Montpellier - UM - Université de Montpellier - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement - Institut Agro - Montpellier SupAgro - Institut Agro - Institut national d'enseignement supérieur pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement

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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 xperiments. 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 Europ 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).

Keywords: Experimental economics; Common Agricultural Policy; Evaluation tools (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-08-17
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-env, nep-exp and nep-isf
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Published in EuroChoices, In press, 8 p. ⟨10.1111/1746-692x.12324⟩

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DOI: 10.1111/1746-692x.12324

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