Robert Huber: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2021

Name Dr. Robert Huber
Address
Agrarökonomie und -politik
ETH Zürich, SOL C 9
Sonneggstrasse 33
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 53 93
E-mailrhuber@ethz.ch
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipLecturer

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
751-0401-00LOptimization of Agricultural Production Systems3 credits2GR. Huber
AbstractIntroduction in to optimization of agricultural production systems with linear and non-linear programming models.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to a) solve linear and non-linear optimization problems in the context of agricultural production; b) properly interpret the results; and c) critically discuss the economic implications.
ContentThe course is an application of Operations Research (OR). First, the theory and application of linear programming (LP) is presented. Students will learn the underlying principles (Optimization, Duality, Simplex) and solve exercises in the context of agricultural production. In the second part of the course, the foundation of non-linear programming (NLP) is introduced (Lagrange, Kuhn-Tucker) and illustrated with various examples.
Lecture notesHanded out during lecture
LiteratureKaiser, H. M., and K. D. Messer. Mathematical programming for agricultural, environmental and resource economics. John Wiley and Sons, Inc, 2011.
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
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
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingassessed