Analysing the process of economic transition in the agricultural and food sector of the former socialist countries different approaches are used. Methods of empirical social research as well as simulation and optimisation models are developed to investigate the farm decision-making processes. A number of theoretical approaches, such as the theory of new political economics and evolutionary economics are referred too for an explanation of the differences in structural change. For developing its research competence the Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe in Halle/Saale, Germany needs post doctoral level researchers with theoretical and methodical knowledge in new institutional economics, theory of new political economics and evolutionary economics. As the investigations will be focused on cost analysis especially transaction cost in agricultural enterprises, knowledge in agricultural economics and farm management is indispensable. The empirical part of the investigations will be require experience in the process of economic transition in the agricultural and food sector of the former socialist countries and as well as farm economy and management in the European transitional countries. The work programme of the fellowship comprises
- description of the relevant theoretical and methodical approaches for determining the different transaction costs of farm enterprises in transitional countries
- evaluation of the effects of the different transaction costs on the efficiency of the analysed farms, interpretation of the analytical results and generalisation for the analysed types of farms.
The fellowship will be organised and contracted in accordance with the Marie Curie Host Fellowship Programme. The duration of the fellowship is 24 month, starting after conclusion of the agreement and confirmation by the Commission.