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INTRO - Costs of achieving environmental quality objectives

Costs of achieving environmental quality objectives in chosen regions through an adjustment towards organic farming practices, in comparison to other agro-environmental schemes with particular focus on administrational and controlling costs.

Start: 06/2002
End: 11/2003

Problem: Organic farming proves to have positive environmental effects as well as other agro-environmental schemes supported through agro-environmental programmes. Now policymakers are there to decide which option (organic farming or a combination of agro-environmental schemes) should merit support. Transaction costs (TAC) constitute a major part of political programme costs. Goal: Two institutional alternatives, with nearly similar effects on the environment are compared in respect of TAC. It is aimed to verify the hypothesis that organic farming regarding TAC proves to be the best policy (a focussed implementation of systematically combined elements). This broadens the scientific base to further develop of institutional arrangements for a sustainable land use. Method: Since TAC measurement practices in environment and resource economics have not developed much, the procedure remains iterative and helps to promote development of the TAC analysis. Focus groups, expert interviews and questioning are realized within the scope of qualitative sociological research.

Researcher: Silja Tiemann, Volker Beckmann

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Lead: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn

Funding: Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMVEL), Federal Programme Organic Farming

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Publikations and Presentations:
Beckmann, Volker; Tiemann, Silja; Reuter, Katharina und Hagedorn, Konrad (2003) Kosten der Erreichung von Umweltqualitätszielen in ausgewählten Regionen durch Umstellung auf Ökologischen Landbau im Vergleich zu anderen Agrarumweltmaßnahmen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Administrations- und Kontrollkosten. (Organic Eprints)