In this study the de-linked cost of rural landscape maintenance in the Swiss region of Greifensee is calculated in order to asses Economies of Scope in agricultural provision of landscape. The results show that annual costs generated by non-agricultural actors for an area of 3580 ha amount to five million Euros. Over 50% of these costs arise from biomass disposal. Therefore, possible economies of scope in agricultural landscape provision do not arise from maintenance costs but from more efficient biomass utilisation.
Different cultural backgrounds lead to different uptake of biodiversity agri-environmental schemes at the inner-Swiss French-German language border. Economic policy incentives could mitigate culture-driven behavioral differences.
The agricultural sector as an aggregate proved resilient to the COVID-19 shock. But how did it impact agribusiness firms within the sector? Using the Swiss case, we provide the first set of evidence on how agri-food importing firms survived the pandemic economically.
Agricultural economics research uses a multitude of methods and approaches to assess existing and new policy measures. This is the basis for agricultural policy that demonstrably makes a difference, i.e. is evidence-based.