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DECO 1750A - Agriculture, Food and Globalization

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Basic concepts in micro and macroeconomics.

Course Description

With the different food crisis and food prices variations, agriculture is coming back in the policy makers' preoccupations. Questions of food security, food sovereignty or sustainability are now central to the debate. This course provides students with an understanding of the main challenges facing the world food market. It introduces students to the basis of agricultural economics and policy with a particular focus on the European Common Agricultural Policy. The role of international institutions and trade liberalization will also be discussed, in particular concerning developing countries. Agricultural specificities in the WTO and regional negotiations will be detailed. Finally, policy evaluation tools will be briefly presented using some examples.


EMLINGER, Charlotte (Agricultural / International Economist)

Course validation

Group presentation on an issue related to agricultural trade or food policy (3-4 people, 35% of the final grade), written exam (30% of the final grade) and short essay (35% of the final grade).

Required reading

  • Blog :
  • Matthews, A. 2014. An updated look at the impact of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy on developing countries.
  • Gouel, C., A. Guillin, and M.P. Ramos. 2008. “American and European Agricultural Market Access: A Concern for the South?” La Lettre Du CEPII 277: 1–4

Additional required reading

  • Bouët A., Bureau J.C., Decreux Y., Jean S. (2005). « Multilateral Agricultural Trade Liberalization: The Contrasting Fortunes of Developing Countries in the Doha Round ». The World Economy, 28, 9, pp 1329-1354.