Robert Finger: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022

Name Prof. Dr. Robert Finger
FieldAgricultural Economics and Policy
Agrarökonomie und -politik
ETH Zürich, SOL D 1.1
Sonneggstrasse 33
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 53 91
Fax+41 44 632 10 86
DepartmentManagement, Technology, and Economics
RelationshipFull Professor

364-1064-00LInaugural Seminar - Doctoral Retreat Restricted registration - show details
Pre-registration upon invitation required.
Once your pre-registration has been confirmed, a registration in myStudies is possible.
1 credit1SU. Renold, A. Bommier, P. Egger, R. Finger, G. Grote
AbstractThis course is geared towards first and second-year doctoral candidates of MTEC. It is held as in a workshop style. Students attending this seminar will benefit from interdisciplinary discussions and insights into current and future work in business and economics research.
ObjectiveThe purpose of this course is to
- introduce doctoral candidates to the world of economics, management and systems research at MTEC
- make doctoral candidates aware of silo-thinking in the specific sub-disciplines and encourage them to go beyond those silos
- discuss current issues with regard to substantive, methodological and theoretical domains of research in the respective fields
751-0013-00LWorld Food System4 credits4VB. Studer, A. Bearth, R. Finger, I. Herter-Aeberli, M. Loessner, M. Niu, M. Peydayesh, J. Six
AbstractKnowledge about the World Food System will be provided, based on case studies along food value chains in countries with various development stages and dependent on multiple boundary conditions. This shall generate profound understanding of the associated global challenges especially food scarcity, suboptimal diet and nutrition, food quality and safety as well as effects on the environment.
ObjectiveAttending this course, the students will recognize the elements of the World Food System (WFS) approach and the problems it this supposed to treat. They will especially comprehend the four pillars of global food security, namely (I) food availability (including sustainable production and processing), (I) access to food (physical and monetary), (III) food use (including quality and safety as well as the impact on human health and well being) and (IV) resilience to the boundary conditions (environmental, economic and political). This insight will make them aware of the global driving forces behind our ETH research on food security and is expected to alleviate motivation and understanding for the association of subsequent specific courses within a general context. The course equivalently implements agricultural and food sciences, thus supporting the interdisciplinary view on the WFS scope.
ContentCase studies on certain foods of plant and animal origin serve to demonstrate the entire food value chain from the production of raw material to processed food and its consumer relevant property functions. In doing so, important corresponding aspects for developed, emerging and developing countries are demonstrated, by use of engineering as well as natural and social science approaches.
Lecture notesHandouts and links are provided online.
LiteratureInformation on books and other literature references is communicated during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course shall particularly elucidate the cross section of Agro- and Food Sciences in the context of important global problems to be solved. Furthermore the students in the first year of studies shall be given some insight and outlook supporting the development of their views and interests in agricultural and food sciences further.
The course is part of the block exam after the first study year. Paper copies can be used ("Open Book") during the on-line exam, but no other means are not allowed. The course is mainly taught in German, single might be in English.
751-0423-00LRisk Analysis and Risk Management in Agriculture3 credits2GR. Finger
AbstractAgricultural production is exposed to various risks and risk management is indispensable. This course introduces modern concepts on farmers' decision making under risk and risk management. We present innovative insights, emprical example from European agriculture. You gain hands-on experience using R.
Objective-to develop a better understanding of decision making under uncertainty and risk;
- gain hands-on experience in risk analysis and management using R
-to gain experience in different approaches to analyze risky decisions;
-to develop an understanding for different sources of risk in agricultural production;
-to understand the crucial role of subjective perceptions and preferences for risk management decisions;
-to get an overview on risk management in the agricultural sector, with a particular focus on insurance solutions
Content- Quantification and measurement of risk
- Risk preferences, Expected Utility Theory, Cumulative Prospect Theory
- Production and input use decisions under risk
- Portfolio Theory and Farm Diversification
- Forwards, Futures, Crop Insurance
- Weather Index Insurance and Satellite Imagery
- Empirical Applications using R
Lecture notesHandouts will be distributed in the lecture and available on the moodle.
Prerequisites / Noticeknowledge of basic concepts of probability theory and microeconomics
751-1311-00LIntroduction to Agricultural Management2 credits2VR. Finger
AbstractVermittlung von betriebswirtschaftlichen Grundlagenwissen und Analyse- und Planungsinstrumenten mit Anwendung auf Unternehmen der Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft
ObjectiveTeilnehmer des Kurses sollen am Ende der Vorlesung i) grundlegende Unternehmensentscheide strukturieren und analysieren können, ii) verschiedene Analyse- und Planungsinstrumente auf Fragestellungen der Produktionsplanung, Investition und Finanzierung an Beispielen anwenden zu können, iii) verschiedene Werkzeuge zur unternehmerischen Entscheidungsunterstützung anwenden können und iv) die Spezifika von Unternehmen in der Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft kennen.
ContentDie Vorlesung geht auf folgende Inhalte, mit spezifischen Anwendungen im Agrar- und Ernährungssektors ein:

Grundlagen und Ziele unternehmerischen Entscheidens
Kosten und Leistungsrechnung
Investitionsplanung und Finanzierung
Entscheidungen unter Unsicherheit und Risikomanagement
Lecture notesVorlesungsunterlagen werden im Laufe des Semesters zur Verfügung gestellt
LiteratureOliver Musshoff und Norbert Hirschauer (2013). Modernes Agrarmanagement: Betriebswirtschaftliche Analyse- und Planungsverfahren. 3. Auflage. Vahlen, ISBN-10: 3800647435
751-2903-00LEvaluation of Agricultural Policies3 credits2GR. Huber, R. Finger, C. Schader
AbstractIn this course, students get an overview of agricultural policy evaluations and their societal and political relevance. They learn to understand and apply the principles of scientific based evaluations of agricultural policies.
ObjectiveThe course has four major learning objectives: 1) Students know the conceptual background of evaluations and can relate concepts in agricultural economics to the evaluation of policies. 2) They know the basics of how to design and implement a policy evaluation study. 3) Students can transfer their methodological knowledge from other agricultural economics courses to the context of agricultural policy evaluations (econometrics, modelling etc.). They make hands-on experiences of methodological challenges. 4) They can critically assess the science-policy interface of policy evaluations.
ContentThe course consists of two blocks: First, students will learn the basics of how to design, implement and interpret agricultural policy evaluations. In this block, the conceptual embedding, the design and methodological tools as well as case studies are presented. Secondly, the students make hands-on experience using econometric and modelling tools in the context of agricultural policy evaluations. They apply their theoretical and empirical knowledge to Swiss case studies.
Lecture notesHandouts and reading assignments
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingassessed