Dr. Sabine Fischer was a GlobalFood member from 2014-2017. The information on this site reflects the status at the point of leaving GlobalFood.

Occupation after leaving GlobalFood

Project leader at State Institute for the Development of Agriculture and Rural Areas (LEL) in Schwäbisch Gmünd/ Germany


Dr. Sabine Fischer

Field of Research

Contract Farming and Contract Design
[Supervisor: Meike Wollni, GlobalFood Subproject: C1]

Research Interests

Development Economics
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Rural Development
Global Value Chains


  • 2014 - 2017: Ph.D. in Economics, RTG 1666: GlobalFood, University of Göttingen, Germany.
    Thesis: Contract Farming in Developing Countries – A Behavioral Perspective on Contract Choice and Compliance (download)
  • 2011 - 2014 M. Sc. Agro-economics and Agribusiness, TU Munich, Germany
  • 2008 - 2011 B. Sc. Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences, TU Munich, Germany

Professional Experience

  • 03/2013 - 05/2013 Intern at Kfw Development Bank, Frankfurt am Main
    Section for Natural Resources and Climate Asia
  • 04/2012 - 06/2012 Student Research Assistant at Chair for Agricultural Policy and Environmental Economics (TU München)
  • 09/2011 - 03/2012 Temporary Teacher for Integrated Sciences and German Language at
    Ghanaian German School, Kumasi, Ghana
  • 09/2007 - 08/2008 Intern at National Park Bavarian Forest, Section for Rural Development and Environmental Education


Peer-reviewed publications or book chapters

  • Fischer, S., M. Wollni (2018). The role of farmers’ trust, risk and time preferences for contract choices: Experimental evidence from the Ghanaian pineapple sector. Food Policy 81, 67-81. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2018.10.005 .

Other publications

  • Fischer, S. (2017). Contract Farming in Developing Countries – A Behavioral Perspective on Contract Choice and Compliance. PhD thesis, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Göttingen. http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-1735-0000-0023-3F5B-E.
  • Fischer, S., M. Wollni (2017). The Role of Farmer’s Trust, Risk and Time Preferences for Contract Choices: Experimental Evidence from the Ghanaian Pineapple Sector. GlobalFood Discussion Paper 110, University of Göttingen. http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/213486.html.