Description: The Università degli Studi di Parma (UNIPR) is one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in the 10th century. As of 2016, it accounted for 26,000 students. The university is divided into nine academic departments of which two participate in this proposal: The Department of Economics and Management (DEA) and the Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SCVSA) one. Accordingly, UNIPR brings together a strong interdisciplinary team comprising agricultural economists that have a long and successful track of participation to EU and National Framework Program, but also cooperation with EU Institutions (DG-Agri, JRC) and national Institution (Ministry of Agriculture) on the field of agricultural policy impact assessment. This team has particular expertise in assessing the economic and environmental sustainability of agricultural and rural policy by means of quantitative methods (mainly mathematical programming and econometrics) applied to micro-information. Members of this unit have publications on reference journals on the topics of Mathematical Programming models for farm management, environmental studies and agriculture and rural policies.

Main tasks in AGRICORE: Given the extensive experience of UNIPR in fields related to the impact assessment of agricultural policies, their participation in the AGRICORE project extends across all the WPs. UNIPR leads WP1 which covers the characterisation of the potential and useful data sources and also the development of the socio-economic impact assessment module (WP5). In addition, taking advantage of their existing and previous relationship with policymakers at national and European level, UNIPR is in charge of the coordination (WP8) with this group, in order to ensure a proper interaction within the project. They are also involved in plenty of the other technical developments of the project, including the development of the non-linear model and the definition of its interactions (WP3). Lastly, UNIPR leads the drafting of the project conclusions on policy-making (WP8) and the use of the available data sources for such purpose.

Personnel involved:

Prof. Filippo Arfini
Prof. Filippo Arfini, Full Professor in Agricultural Economics at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Parma. His research activity is related to the assessment of Agricultural and Rural Policy at the farm and regional level by means of mathematical programming models based on FADN information. He has developed specific skills by participating in several EU and National research projects and specific research contracts with the EU Commission, EU Parliament, Italian Parliament, Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Emilia-Romagna Ministry of Agriculture. Currently, it is the Deputy Coordinator of the H2020 Project “Strength2Food” (Grant Agreement No 678024)
Prof. Marco Riani, Full Professor in Statistics at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Parma and head of the interdepartmental centre of the robust statistics academy Rosa (http://rosa.unipr.it) of the University of Parma. His research activity is related to Robust Statistics (regression and multivariate), Time Series Econometrics (non-stationarity, structural changes), Statistical inference (asymptotic theory and model selection) and Software development. He is author or co-author of more than 150 publications, 70 of which have appeared in international journals of statistics and 2 books published by Springer Verlag New York. He was principal investigator of several projects financed by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research. Since 2009 he is External expert in the project Automated Monitoring Tool on External Trade of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
Prof. Andrea Lasagni, Associate Professor in Economics at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Parma. His research activity is related to the study of firms heterogeneity, firm growth analysis, immigrant entrepreneurship, intangibles assets and firm performance.
Prof. Maria Cecilia Mancini
Prof. Maria Cecilia Mancini, Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Parma. Her research activity concerns the socio-economic impact of voluntary and mandatory food quality schemes on the supply chains and consumers. She has developed specific skills by participating in several EU and National research project and specific research contracts with the EU Commission, EU Parliament, Italian Parliament, Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Emilia-Romagna Ministry of Agriculture.
Dr. Michele Donati
Dr. Michele Donati, Researcher (Tenure Track) in Environmental Economics, Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Department, University of Parma. His research activity is related to the assessment of Agricultural and Rural Policy at the farm and regional level by means of mathematical programming models based on FADN information for the evaluation of both socio-economic and environmental impact assessment. He has developed specific skills by participating in several EU and National research projects and specific research contracts with the EU Commission, EU Parliament, Italian Parliament, Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Emilia-Romagna Ministry of Agriculture.
Dr. Mario Veneziani
Dr. Mario Veneziani, Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Agricultural Economics, Department of Economics and Management, University of Parma. His research activity is related to the assessment of Agricultural and Rural Policy at the farm and regional level by means of econometrics on FADN information. Furthermore, he is interested in consumer behaviour and attitude for novel food as well as New Empirical Industrial Organisation (NEIO). He has developed specific skills by participating in the EU FP7 Projects Factor Markets and FADNTOOL and the EU H2020 Project “Strength2Food” (Grant Agreement No 678024)

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