REECAP workshop (Research network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy)

Economic experiments are at the forefront of the recent methodological developments with a high potential to enrich the traditional Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) evaluation toolbox. A range of economic experimental approaches exists that can be applied to the evaluation of CAP policies. From Randomized Control Trials to discrete choice experiments and field and lab experiments, they have in common the objective to collect data on individuals’ behaviours generated under controlled settings. Such approaches make it possible for evaluators to better understand and anticipate the behavioural factors driving economic agents’ responses to agricultural policy instruments. They can provide timely and flexible policy testing methods for the ex-ante evaluation of new policy measures, their expected cost-effectiveness, redistributive impact and acceptability by stakeholders. Furthermore, since the European Union is made increasingly accountable for its policy and budget choices, economic experiments can also enable credible and robust impact evaluations.

This symposium aims to promote and consolidate the use of behavioural analysis and economic experimental approaches for the evaluation of European agricultural policies. This event is organised by the Research network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy, REECAP, (, created in 2017 to bring together researchers, experts and policy-makers interested in the use of economic experimental approaches to evaluate and improve the CAP and, more broadly, environmental and agricultural policies.

The symposium will invite academics, experts and policy-makers to join the following a half-day session, which will be oriented towards the practical use of experimental approaches for agricultural policies in a European context. It will be organised around a keynote presentation from J-PAL Europe (Karen Macours, Paris School of Economics) that illustrates the experience from other fields of application of experimental approaches, and a round table to discuss their complementarity with other methods and disciplines. We will close the symposium with a presentation of upcoming REECAP activities with an invitation for all attendees to join.

Being a new network, we actively look for new members, collaborations with other disciplines and policy-makers. Information concerning other events organised by the REECAP in 2021 is available here.

Registration is free of charge and you don't need to be registered for the EAAE main conference.

  • 2.00 to 2.15 pm : Welcome and introduction
  • 2.15 to 3.15 pm : Keynote speaker
  • 3.15 to 3.45 pm : Coffee break
  • 3.45 to 4.45 pm : Round Table: Complementing economic experiments with other methods
    Chair: Jens Rommel (SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
    1. Impulse: Combining behavioral experiments with agent-based models - Franziska Appel
    2. Impulse: Using Q methodology in the design of Discrete Choice Experiments - Christoph Schulze
    3. Open discussion
  • 4.45 to 5 pm : Closing words