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Groupe de Recherche ANgevin en Économie et Management

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Research network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy


Two years project funded by the Institut d’Etudes Européennes et Globales - Alliance Europa as part of the call for project "International Research Networks 2020".

Financing : 10.000€



The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is a backbone of the European construction, which deeply affects the European agricultural sector. The orientations of the CAP are increasingly scrutinized and questioned by some Member States, agricultural unions and civil society organizations. The European Union must therefore develop credible and solid impact assessment methods. Experimental approaches in economics are at the forefront of recent methodological developments contributing to evidence-based policymaking. Their common feature is that they rely on data generated in a controlled setting (either in the laboratory or in the field), with random assignment of participants into treatment and control groups and a rigorous experimental design. This allows for clear identification of causality and impacts, and produces results that are potentially replicable in other settings or with different types of stakeholders. The 2019 Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics (awarded to A. Banerjee, E. Duflo, and M. Kremer) highlighted their contribution to other policy areas, but their use is still very limited in the field of agricultural policy design and evaluation.
The Research Network for the Promotion of Experimental Approaches to the Evaluation of the CAP (REECAP) proposes to link social scientists with policy makers at the European, national and regional levels, as well as with private or public organizations in charge of evaluating the CAP. REECAP has three main objectives: i) to improve the external and internal validity of experimental and behavioural approaches as an essential component of the CAP evaluation toolbox; ii) to create opportunities for exchange between researchers, evaluators and policy makers in order to improve the impact of our research; iii) to provide relevant information to REECAP network members and to disseminate research results to relevant stakeholders.

Alliance Europa funding (complemented by funding from GRANEM, IUT and potentially the Swedish Research Council) will allow the organization of REECAP activities in 2020-2022 in order to attract new partners to the network and to strengthen the application for a COST Action.


For more information and follow the network's news, consult REECAP's website.