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Date of birth
April 25, 1969

Place of birth
Meppen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Undergraduate studies

  • 1991-1996: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Diplom-Agraringenieur, Fachrichtung Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaus)

  • 1995-1996: Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands (European M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness)



Graduate studies and academic career

  • 1996-2001: Institut für Agrarökonomie der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel. Doktor der Agrarwissenschaften (Dr.sc.agr. summa cum laude), Fachrichtung Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues (2001)

  • 2001-2002: Institut für Agrarökonomie der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Akademischer Rat.

  • 2002-2005: Institut für Agrarökonomie der Universität Göttingen, Wissenschaftlicher Assistent.

  • Seit 2005: W2 Professur, Universität Göttingen



Selected honors, memberships, and academic activities

  • Kiel University Faculty of Agriculture Award for the best Ph.D. thesis (2002)

  • European Association of Agricultural Economics Award for the best article in the European Review of Agricultural Economics by a young scientist (2002)

  • German Association of Agricultural Economics Award for outstanding work by a young researcher (2004)

  • Offered a Chair for Agricultural Policy (W3) at the University of Hohenheim (2006)

  • Referee for over 15 Academic Journals as well as for DFG and other Academic Organizations




Research interests

  • Measurement of productivity growth and transmission of policies on rural markets

    This research focuses on the estimation of productivity growth, with a specific focus on efficiency change and technical change. The methodological framework is based on the stochastic production frontier analysis approach, with an extension to multiple outputs. Special attention is directed to the impact of policy reform on agricultural markets, including transition policies and international trade liberalization. The transmission of these policies between markets is a necessary precondition to identify the impact of policy changes on farm households in rural areas. The linkage between the areas of productivity growth, price transmission, and policy reform in a market-oriented economy is at the core of the research agenda.


  • Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy

    The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has undergone tremendous changes over the past two decades. Originally perceived as an engine of European integration by most policy-makers, and as one of the most interventionist policies ever by most agricultural economist, the CAP of today is still a very complex set of policies, whose instruments range from old-style, direct interventionist policies over rural development policies to presumably decoupled direct payments. The recent reforms in the sugar sector, the debate on the future of the milk quota, and the impact of CAP reforms on land markets, are the core areas of interest for our group.


  • Spatial and vertical market integration analysis

    The spatial and temporal dimension of agricultural trade are analysed using time series econometrics to gain a deeper understanding of the functioning of agricultural markets in the presence of both natural and policy-induced shocks, in particular the adaptation of prices to these shocks. Recent changes on international markets (including the recent ‘commodity hype’ and the developments on energy markets) seem to have a distinct impact on the price determination for agricultural commodities which might trigger fundamental changes in the future prospects for agricultural producers worldwide. The role of international trade agreements (WTO, regional and preferential trade agreements) for international markets is another import area for studies in this context.



Selected externally funded research projects

  • Poverty, Equity, and Growth in Developing and Transition Countries: Statistical Methods, Empirical Analyses, and Policy Issues. Courant Research Centre with the support of the initiative of excellence initiative


  • Evaluation of applied agricultural sector models – quantification of systematic relationships between model specifications and forecast results. Jointly with Prof. S. von Cramon-Taubadel, Göttingen. Funded by the DFG, 2005-2006


  • Impacts of transferring the German milk quota exchange system to Austria. Jointly with Prof. Dr. J.-P. Loy, Kiel. Funded by the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, 2004.


  • Reform of the Common Market Organisation for sugar – gains and losses in Germany, Europe, and worldwide. Funded by the GTZ, 2004


  • Productive Efficiency and Economies of Size in Slovenian Private Agriculture. Funded by the FAO, Rome, 1998



Selected literature

  • Uddin, M., B. Brümmer & K. Peters (2014), Technical efficiency and metatechnology ratios under varying resource endowment in different production systems: A stochastic metafrontier model in Bangladesh Dairy Farms. China Agricultural Economic Review 6 (3): 484-505. doi: 10.1108/CAER-06-2013-0088.

  • Götz, L., T. Glauben & B. Brümmer, Wheat export restrictions and domestic market effects in Russia and Ukraine during the food crisis (2013). Food Policy 38 (February): 214-226.


  • Busse, S., B. Brümmer & R. Ihle, Price formation in the German biodiesel supply chain: A Markov-switching vector error ecorrection modelling approach. (2012). Agricultural Economics 43: 545-560.doi: 11.1111/j.1574-0862.2012.00602.x

  • Onumah, E., B. Brümmer, G. Hörstgen-Schwark (2010): Elements which delimitate technical efficiency of fish farms in Ghana. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 08/2010, p. 471-664.


  • Onumah, E. B. Brümmer, G. Hörstgen-Schwark (2010): Productivity of hired and family labour and determinats of technical inefficiency in Ghana‘s fish farms. Agricultural Econonomics (Zemedelská ekonomika) (in press).


  • Fahlbusch, M., Bahr, A., Brümmer, B. und A. Spiller (2010): Der Markt für Milch und Milcherzeugnisse, in: German Journal of Agricultural Economics, 59. Jg, Heft 1, Supplement, S. 45-62.


  • Onumah, E., Brümmer, B. and G. Hörstgen-Schwark (2009): Productivity of hired and family labour and determinants of technical inefficiency in Ghana’s fish farms, in: Agricultural Economics (Zemedelská ekonomika), forthcoming.


  • Brümmer, B., von Cramon-Taubadel, S. and S. Zorya (2009): The impact of market and policy instability on price transmission between wheat and flour in Ukraine, in: European Review of Agricultural Economics, 36(2): 203-230, doi: 10.1093/erae/jbp021.


  • Onumah, E., Brümmer, B. amd G. Hörstgen-Schwark (2009): Elements which Delimitate Technical Efficiency of Fish Farms in Ghana, in: Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, forthcoming.


  • Fahlbusch, M., Bahr A., Brümmer, B. und A. Spiller (2009): Der Markt für Milch und Milcherzeugnisse, in: Agrarwirtschaft 58 (1): 36-52.


  • Brümmer, B., Koester, U. und J.-P. Loy (2008): Tendenzen auf dem Weltgetreidemarkt: Anhaltender Boom oder kurzfristige Spekulationsblase?, Diskussionspapier 0807, Department für Agrarökonomie und Rurale Entwicklung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.


  • San Martín, G.J., Troncoso, J.L. and B. Brümmer (2008): Determinants of Argentinean Wine Prices in the U.S., in: Journal of Wine Economics, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2008, P. 82–94.


  • San Martín, G.J., Brümmer, B. and J.L. Troncoso (2008): Determinantes del Precio del vino Argentino en el Mercado Estadounidense: Un Estudio Econométrico, in: Revista Enología No. 1, Ańo V Marzo-Abril 2008.







Prof. Dr. Bernhard Brümmer

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Brümmer

Raum: 2019
Department für Agrarökonomie und Rurale Entwicklung
Platz der Göttinger Sieben 5
D-37073 Göttingen

Tel.: +49 (0) 551 / 39-4811
Fax: +49 (0) 551 / 39-12177
bbruemm@gwdg.de


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