Welcome to ZEF's Research on Markets, Trade and Policy

This research theme focuses in an inclusive way on the developmental roles of markets and the political, infrastructure, and institutional constraints on access to public services by the rural and urban poor.

Access to markets is a major precondition for farmers and rural landless people to overcome subsistence and to enhance their individual economic situation, making them more resilient to fluctuating boundary conditions as induced by global and national changes, for instance under international trade and investment arrangements and related regulatory regimes.

The development of markets is partly related to the expansion of public services, as the latter often serve as a precondition for people to participate in markets. Among public services, particular attention is given to information, education, social transfers, insurance, and health systems.

Latest Publications

Sakketa, T. G. and N. Gerber (2020). Rural shadow wages and youth agricultural labor supply in Ethiopia: Evidence from farm panel data. Research in Labor Economics, 48:61-105 [Link]

Shweta, S. A. Gulati, J. von Braun and L. Kornher. (2020). Indian farm wages: Trends, growth drivers and linkages with food prices (ZEF Discussion Paper 301) [PDF]

Sakketa, T. G. (2020). Africa's social capital - strong enough for coping with COVID-19?. Rural 21, 54(2) [Link]

Latka, C., Heckelei, T., Kuhn, A., Witzke, H.-P. and L. Kornher (2020). CAP measures towards environmental sustainability - Trade opportunities for Africa? (ZEF Discussion Paper 295) [PDF]

Kornher, L. and J. von Braun (2020).  EU Common Agricultural Policy - Impacts on Trade with Africa and African Agricultural Development. (ZEF Discussion Paper 294) [PDF]

Bonuedi, I., Kornher, L. and N. Gerber (2020). Making cash crop value chains nutrition-sensitive: Evidence from a quasi-experiment in rural Sierra Leone. (ZEF Discussion Paper 293) [PDF]

Kankwamba, H. and L. Kornher (2020). Business registration and firm performance: A case of maize traders in Malawi.Performance, behaviour and organization of maize trading in Malawi. Development in Practice, 30(7):850-861. [Link]

Richartz, C., A. Abdulai L. and Kornher (2020). Attribute Non-Attendance and Consumer Preferences for Online food products in Germany. German Journal of Agricultural Economics, 69(1):245-264. [Link]


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Volatility researchers contributed to a study on Africa's agricultural potential by ZEF and Akademiya2063

A world without hunger is possible: Volatiltiy researchers contribute to estimating the cost of ending hunger » more

Volatility researchers J. von Braun and T. G. Sakketa co-organized the Conference on Climate Change and Food Security in West Africa in Dakar in Nov. 2019

"Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy"
is now available online. The book is open access so you are welcome to download it. Hard covers can be ordered via Springer.