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Dr. Rico Ihle is assistant professor at AEP. He holds a PhD from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany).
His teaching focuses on agricultural economics and policy analysis for agricultural and food market as well as quantitative research methods for market and policy analysis. Among others, he has taught at Göttingen University, Hohenheim University (Germany), the University for Development Studies (Ghana) and Talca University (Chile). At WUR he is teaching the BSc courses Economics and Governance in Historical Perspective (RHI-10806), Agriculture, Food and Policy (AEP-21806), the European Exchange Programm (YSS-21303) as well as the MSc course Economics and Politics of European Integration (AEP-30306) and the PhD course Intro to R programming for Social Sciences at WASS. He has organized several study tours, e.g., to the FAO, to the OECD or to Belarus. He is the educational coordinator of the European Exchange Programme Management, Consumer Studies and Economics (YSS-21303). In the framework of YSS-21303, he strengthened the links of WUR with Slovakia, Morocco, Hungary and Germany. Currently, he is supervising the theses of 4 PhD students and of several BSc and MSc students.
His research interests include the analysis of agricultural markets and food prices, economic aspects of violent political conflict and the effects of public policies on food markets. He is especially interested in EU agricultural markets, food markets of the Middle East and Northern Africa, the EU dairy market, food price monitoring and works occasionally on other food-related topics in Sub-Saharan Africa and other regions. He has a broad expertise in quantitative methods with a specialization on time series econometrics. He published in the major agricultural economics journals such as the European Review of Agricultural Economics, Food Policy or Agricultural Economics and has co-authored more than 60 conference contributions. Most of his working papers and conference contributions can be found here.
He is currently serving as the coordinator of the internal research and PhD seminar of the Section Economics as well as an associate editor of Agricultural Economics - The Journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists". He is member of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC) and associate member of the Courant Research Centre Poverty, Equity and Growth of Göttingen University. He has a wide international network with contacts to several countries in Europe, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
He is member of the general board of the International Network for the MBA Agribusiness and Commerce (AgriMBA) for which he has taught courses at Kazan State Agricultural University and the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine. He is the WUR contact person for the subject area Economics and Management of the Euroleague of Life Sciences (ELLS) as well as for the International Student Summit anually organized by the Tokyo University of Agriculture.