The general objective of the project ENHANCE is to fully realize and to further develop the currently existing scientific potential of the agricultural economists of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine- Bucharest, particularly with respect to quantitative methods like modelling, simulation, and econometrics as well as game theory, in order to support FMIEADR’s development as the leading actor in agricultural economics in Romania with a strong European network. This objective will be achieved through 6 specific objectives, one of them being to raise the standards of postgraduate education through the implementation of three Summer schools (2016, 2017, and 2018) and the exchange of post-graduate researchers.
2016: Summer School on full scientific working (Organizer: BOKU)
The first USAMV Bucharest Agricultural Economics and Policy Summer School is organized by lecturers from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria. It aims to promote the development of the participants’ competences related to scientific working in agricultural economics and policy, i.e. fundamental needs and requirements for Master or PhD Students and young researchers. This comprises courses on literature search including literature management and publishing, scientific writing/ writing journal articles with a focus on economic and social science as well as inter- and trans-disciplinary research, presentations (e.g. PowerPoint, graphics programmes), aspects related to manuscript submissions to a journal (e.g. choosing the right journal, special issues, templates, editing), science communication to stakeholders (e.g. different channels, social media, blogs). It is planned to put a specific focus on freeware (e.g. Gimp, LaTeX, R, Open Office, Zotero).
2017: Summer School on policy evaluation in agriculture and welfare economics (Organizer: AGROSCOPE)
The 2017 USAMV Bucharest Agricultural Economics and Policy Summer School aims to start with basic welfare economic notions like the Pareto principles and dead-weight losses and then apply standard instruments of policy analysis to the different pillars of the Common Agricultural Policy. More innovative and broader tools applied by evaluation scholars such as qualitative analysis will be applied towards the end of the course. Over the week, students will develop a concept for evaluating a specific agricultural policy instrument.
2018: Summer School on institutional economics (Organizer: IAMO)
The summer school will introduce the various concepts of defining and conceptualising economic institutions, focusing especially on institutions of natural resource use, agricultural production and agricultural markets. Examples will be mainly derived from European countries where the experience of the transformation process of the last decades figures prominently. Wherever suitable, links with other theoretical approaches like game theory and behavioural economics will be explored.