Managerial Economics in Agriculture

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The 'Corporate Management and Value Creation' Research Group is the Swiss federal centre of competence in the field of microeconomic data for agriculture and collects accountancy data from two samples for this purpose. The Research Group conducts the annual income monitoring survey of the Swiss agricultural sector on behalf of the Swiss Confederation. The Group’s research encompasses business and microeconomic analyses of agricultural production and the upstream and downstream industries. The focus here is on identifying promising business and management strategies serving to increase value-added and boost efficiency in agriculture. The Group's research portfolio also includes work at the interface between economics and ecology, with the aim of better understanding farmers' decisions in this area of conflict and identifying possible options for action.


Research Projects


Farm Accountancy Data Network

Every year, the Farm Accountancy Data Network publishes the agricultural income and income per family work unit as well as the farm-group and farm-enterprise results of around 4000 farms from two samples. Statistical methods are used to analyse the multi-year profitability and productivity trends as well as the risk exposure of these farms.


Profitability Analysis

To improve the competitiveness of the Swiss agricultural sector, Agroscope studies how farms can boost their profitability. Which farm strategies promise success, and how can farms operate sustainably over the medium- and long term by implementing innovations? In view of the changing underlying conditions, these are the two key questions we endeavour to answer.