Seminar on impact of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

The Board of the European Association of Agricultural Economists has approved the CEAS (Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies) proposal for a seminar on the impact of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on rural job creation.

CEAS, in partnership with the Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development at the Polish Academy of Sciences, is organising a Pan-European seminar on ‘Analysis of the contribution of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to European rural employment – past, present and future’.

This is a timely topic considering that the maintenance and creation of employment is a primary rural development objective, and is being pursued alongside those for competitiveness and environmental sustainability, and within a context of increased migration, both into Europe and between European states. The recent past has witnessed a continuous substitution of capital for labour both on farms, and in the associated sectors. Nevertheless, job creation, or at least job maintenance, is now – implicitly if not explicitly – an aim of the current CAP. This seminar will analyse the association of CAP expenditure with the development of agricultural and rural non-agricultural employment across the EU, and ask how further CAP reforms might address rural job creation in the socio-economic conditions beyond 2020. The seminar will place special emphasis on both conceptual and methodological and data issues.

The seminar will take place on 1st and 2nd December in Warsaw. Further details can be found on the seminar website:

The School’s Professor Sophia Davidova chairs the International Programme Committee and Dr Alastair Bailey is a member of the Committee.