Combatting Reputational Damage to the Economics Profession
The guest speaker at the Conference dinner was Sir Peter Kendall, Chair of the AHDB and former President of the NFU, reflecting on policy developments from a farmer perspective. Presentations were made to the winner of the Prize Essay competition, Alaya Spencer-Cotton (University of Western Australia) for her paper, Scope effects when valuing coastal management in the remote Kimberley region of Australia, Olivia Placzek (Bournemouth University) for her was Ph.D presentation on Supermarket promotions, food demand and obesity, and to Mary Brennan (Teagasc) for the best poster on The development of social sustainability indicators using the Teagasc National Farm Survey. AES Awards for Excellence were presented to Keith Howe (Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Public Policy) and Nick Hanley (Lifetime Research Achievement).
Carmen Hubbard, Grant Davies and Caroline Saunders retired from the Executive, but Caroline (Lincoln, New Zealand) remains on the Executive as President-elect and Grant will act in the new ex officio position of Defra-AES Liaison Officer. New members of the Executive are Frederic Ang (Wageningen), who takes over as Programme Secretary, Brendan Bayley (HM Treasury), Myles Patton (AFBI Belfast), Stephen Ramsden (Nottingham) and Deb Roberts (Aberdeen). Neil Chalmers, who co-organises the Ph.D event at the Conference, has been co-opted on to the Executive. Professor John Davis’ Presidential Address was on Communicating Economic Concepts and Research in a Challenging Environment.
Vera Eory, Programme Secretary (Vera.Eory@sruc.ac.uk)
Submissions to the Journal have increased by almost 50% since 2013 and continue a strong international pattern. Response times in processing submissions generally continue to meet targets. The JAE’s citation impact factor has steadily improved; from below 1 in 2013 it recovered to 1.8 in 2016 and reached 2 in 2017 – the highest score on record for the Journal. Wiley continue to provide a strong publishing platform with the Journal’s full archive generating a continuing increase in the number of downloads. Full details can be found in the Editor’s Report in the June 2018 Journal.
Flagship OECD publications
Two annual publications from the OECD have just been published. They contain a wealth of data, analysis and policy recommendations for governments, and provide a valuable resource for agricultural economists. http://www.oecd.org/tad/agricultural-policies/monitoring-and-evaluation.htm
Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2018 is the 31st in the series of annual OECD reports that monitor and evaluate agricultural policies across countries. This year’s report includes all 37 OECD countries (Columbia joined in May 2018), as well as ten emerging economies: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Russian Federation, South Africa, Ukraine and Viet Nam.
The 14th edition of the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2018-27 provides market projections for major agricultural commodities, biofuels and fish, as well as a special feature on the prospects and challenges of agriculture and fisheries in the Middle East and North Africa where a scarcity of arable land and water constrains agricultural production. http://www.agri-outlook.org
Conferences of Agricultural Economists – in 2018 and beyond
Final preparations are underway for the 30th ICAE of the IAAE in Vancouver 2018. The preliminary programme of the conference is available at http://www.icae2018.com/ All those planning to go are reminded of the need to register at the Conference website as soon as possible. The AES Travel Grant Scheme is supporting the attendance of twelve AES members, all of whom are presenting poster or contributed papers. The ICAE is always a highlight of the conference calendar and I am sure that Vancouver will be a stunning location for the event. I look forward to seeing you there!
Tim Lloyd, AES-IAAE Liaison Officer (email@example.com)
In 2026, the AES will celebrate its 100th anniversary. A comprehensive history of the AES in the context of the developments in agricultural economics book is being prepared by Dr David Stead, an agricultural historian at University College Dublin, working with a small AES team coordinated by Professor Richard Tranter (Reading). The book, and other commemorative events, will be launched at an AES conference in Wadham College Oxford (in Spring 2026), where the first meeting of the society took place in 1926.
The 31st ICAE of the IAAE in 2021 will be in Delhi, India. The Board of Directors of the IAAE is inviting proposals to host the 32nd International Conference in 2024. The IAAE was launched with its first conference in Dartington Hall, Devon in 1929, so its centenary will fall between the 2027 and 2030 ICAEs, assuming that the triennial cycle of conferences is retained. In any event, marking the centenary of the IAAE will need to be addressed in the near future, including by the AES Executive, as there is a long lead time in organising histories, special events and so on!
The 15th European Association of Agricultural Economists took place in Parma, Italy from 29 August to 1 September 2017. The 16th Congress will be held in Prague, Czech Republic in 2020. The first Congress was in 1975 in Uppsala, Sweden, so its 50th anniversary is also approaching, in 2025!
EAAE Seminars (www.eaae.org)
30-31 August, Sustainability in the Agri-Food Sector, Galway, Ireland
5-7 September, Preserving ecosystem services via sustainable agro-food chains, Chania, Crete, Greece
24-26 September, European agriculture and transition to bio-economy, Pulawy, Poland
4-8 February 2019, Behavioural Perspectives in Agricultural Economics and Management, Uppsala, Sweden
4-5 April 2019, Agricultural Land Markets – Recent Developments, Efficiency and Regulation, Berlin, Germany
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