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Local Organizing Committee
Csaba Forgács, Co-Chair (Corvinus University of Budapest)

Zoltán Lakner (Corvinus University of Budapest)

András Nábrádi (University of Debrecen)

József Popp (Agricultural Economics Research Institute)

István Szűcs, Co-Chair (Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)

József Tóth (Corvinus University of Budapest)

Gábor Udovecz (Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Budapest)

László Vajda (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Budapest)

László Villányi (Szent István University, Gödöllő)

Krisztina Fodor/Attila Jámbor, Secretary (Corvinus University of Budapest)
International Programme Committee
David Colman, Co-Chair (Manchester University)

Csaba Csáki, Co-Chair (Corvinus University of Budapest)

Eugenia Serova (Analytical Centre for Agrifood Economics, Moscow)

Jo Swinnen (Chatolic University, Leuven)

Jerzy Wilkin (Warsaw University)

Ulrich Koester (Kiel University)
Participants are asked to pre-register by March 31th, 2007. The deadline for final registration is June 30th, 2007. 60-80 participants are expected to attend. Registration is accepted on first comes first served basis.
Cancellation Policy
If cancellation is confirmed (only written cancellation by fax or e-mail will be accepted for refund purposes) by July 15th, 2007, fees will be refunded less a cancellation fee of € 50.
Participation fee
The fees have been set at 240 € and include the information package, coffee breaks, 2 lunches, welcome reception, farewell party, a book of abstracts and a conference pack. Non EAAE/IAAE members have to pay for their EAAE (€ 40) or IAAE (€ 165) membership fee.

Fees paid

EAAE or IAAE Members

Non-EAAE/IAAE members but joining


Before June 30th

€ 240

€ 280 € 405

After June 30th

€ 280

€ 320 € 445

One day farm tour on Saturday, September 8th, 2007. Fee: €40

Accommodation will be available at hotels located in the city centre nearby the venue of the Seminar. Room rates: Single room: € 65-110 Double room: € 75-120.

Financial support
Financial support will be available for colleagues from transition countries having accepted paper. For them, based on request, registration fee will be paid by organizers.

Call for papers

A Joint IAAE- EAAE Seminar

Agricultural Economics and Transition:

What was expected, what we observed,

the lessons learned."

September 6-8, 2007,

Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB)

Budapest, Hungary

Theme, background and objectives
Over fifteen years have elapsed since the transition from the centrally planned economic system started in the early 1990’s. During this time agricultural and rural areas of Central and Eastern Europe have undergone profound structural changes with wide variations in the degree of transformation and in the rate of success in creating a competitive market and private ownership based food and agricultural system. By becoming member of the European Union the “transition” in its traditional interpretation has been concluded in eight of the Central European countries and it is close to get completed in the EU candidate countries. The transition to market based agriculture, however, is far from completion in Southern and Eastern Europe and especially in the CIS countries.
The major objective of the seminar is to discuss and draw conclusions on the role of agricultural policy in the transition process in the light of actual progress and current situation in Central and East European countries and in formal Soviet States. In addition the contribution of agricultural economics - both from the West and from the East - as discipline and profession to the transition process in agriculture will be discussed. A specific objective is to identify priorities and means to strengthen the agricultural economics profession in Central and Eastern Europe and determine research and educational priorities for the future.
Important dates
Abstract submission: January 31, 2007

Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2007

Full paper submission: June 30, 2007
Prof. Csaba Forgács, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, CUB


1/ The overall transition process: macroeconomic, trade policy and institutional framework

+ theories and expectations, the reform agenda foreseen by the profession,

+ actual overall progress in transition in the region,

+ underlining factors (e.g. human capital, financial and public institutions) and characteristics of the observed transition processes.

2/ Land privatization and farm restructuring

+ the reform agenda and proposals,

+ progresses in land privatization and farm restructuring,

+ determinants and differences of outcomes.

3/ Reforms in primary production and in the upstream and downstream sectors

+ what was expected?

+ changes in productivity and competitiveness

+ dramatic changes in vertical and market relations,

+ critical lessons.
4/ EU accession experiences

+ a priori impact analysis,

+ observed outcomes so far,

+ results in the lights of predictions: what did we learn?

5/ What was the contribution of the profession?

+ adequacy of proposals and predictions,

+ where we were right?

+ where we were wrong?

+ was the profession prepared?

+ priorities for the future/in research, training and research and in advocacy.

Call for papers
Both invited and contributed papers will be presented at the Seminar. Contributed papers will be selected by the International Program Committee.
Participants who would like to present a paper are requested to submit the abstract (Word/double spaced 2 pages maximum, including figures, tables, etc.) and the full paper (Word/double spaced 15 pages maximum, including figures, tables, etc.) according to the “Important dates” deadlines.
The working language of the seminar will be English
Please send your files (registration form, abstract and full paper) to the following e-mail address:

Registration form can be downloaded at: www.uni-corvinus/agrar/iaae-eaae2007

The seminar will take place on 6th-8th September, 2007. It will be held at Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest 1093 Fővám tér 8.
The seminar will be organized under the auspices of IAAE and EAAE as an IAAE Inter Conference Seminar and as the 104th European Seminar.
Local organizer is the Corvinus University of Budapest in cooperation with the Hungarian Agricultural Economics Association, the Hungarian Society of Agricultural Science, the Hungarian Academy of Science, the Agricultural Economics Research Institute, the Szent István University, Gödöllő and the University of Debrecen.

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