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Field with poppiesA new book by Professor Rob Fraser, one of the School’s experts in agricultural economics, is due to be published in May 2015.

“Applications of Principal-Agent Theory to Agricultural Land Use Policy: Lessons from the European Union” is based on Rob’s published research. It uses the principal-agent methodology as a consistent framework for analysing and evaluating the development of the European Union’s agricultural land use policy, as it has evolved over the last two decades from voluntary set-aside to ‘compliance’ set-aside to environmental stewardship.

The book begins with an introduction to the principal-agent methodology and to the historical development of agricultural land use policy in the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy). There are also literature-based introductions which contextualise each major part of the book (Parts A and B). The book concludes with some reflections and forward-looking comments on policy design lessons from this research, which will be of use to students, academics and policymakers.

“Applications of Principal-Agent Theory to Agricultural Land Use Policy: Lessons from the European Union” will be published by Imperial College Press and available to purchase from World Scientific.

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