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Does climate change really benefit Danish agriculture?

PhD defence, Friday, 3 April 2020, Abrha Teklay Abay.

2020.04.03 | Mie Meulengracht Christensen

Abrha Teklay Abay

During his PhD studies, Abrha Teklay Abay investigated the economic impact of climate change on crop production as well as farmers’ adaptation measures in the Nordic region in general and Denmark in particular. The findings suggest that unabated climate change would pose a significant damage to crop yields. However, he has also found that farmers are fending off the impacts of climate change using crop switching and crop rotations.

The empirical estimates of the impact of climate change on crop yields could be used as inputs when policy makers evaluate the costs and benefits of climate change mitigating investments. Moreover, the findings on farm adaptation practices are useful to inform policy makers when they device agri-environmental policies.

The PhD study was completed at Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday, 3 April 2020 at 10.00
Place: Will be held online    
Title of PhD thesis: The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Farmers’ Response Behavior
Contact information: Abrha Teklay Abay, e-mail: aba@envs.au.dk, tel.: +45 5368 4080

Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Salvatore Di Falco, Institute of Economics and Econometrics, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Professor Steven van Passel, Department of Engineering Management, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Senior Researcher Niels Bohse Hendriksen (chairman), Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Senior Researcher Berit Hasler, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Co-supervisor:
Professor Mette Termansen, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST,
Ny Munkegade 120, building 1521, 8000 Aarhus C.

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