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Agricultural Economics, Policy and Trade

Subject content:

  • Theoretical concepts underlying trade in agricultural and food products

  • Agricultural and food policies

  • Description and analysis of agricultural policy in Sweden, Europe and the rest of the world

  • Description and analysis of international trade in food products

  • Emerging issues in agricultural policy and food trade

Course implementation:

The course uses different teaching methods to promote students' learning and discussions through:

Lectures, literature studies (relevant peer review articles/working papers/book chapters), project work, presentations, exercises and lab work.

The course focuses on the following general competences:

Critical thinking, problem solving, ability to work autonomously, ability to work in teams (i.e. project work), oral communication (i.e. project presentation), written communication, scientific methods, plan and manage time.

The following components are compulsory:

Project presentations

Information from the course leader

A warm welcome to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the course Agricultural Economics, Policy and Trade!

Below, you will find general information about the student account, registration for the course and other practical information.

The student account

You will need your student account to access e.g. your e-mail, Ladok and Canvas. For information regarding how to create your student account, follow this link:

Registration for the course

Self-registration for the course is done in Ladok between 2024-10-18 – 2024-11-01. Remember that you must be admitted and registered in Ladok to be able take the course. Having access to Canvas does not mean you are registered in the course and without registration, you are risking losing your place in the course. If you have been admitted to the course with conditions, you need to send your credit list to the course leader who will review it and decide if you can register. Do this as soon as possible as reviewing credits may take a few days due to the course start.

Educational support

If you are entitled extra educational support, please inform the course leader at the start of the course so that special arrangements can be made.

For educational support for an exam, see instructions in the exam registration in Ladok Student. You need to register for alternative exam arrangements no later than 10 workings days prior to the examination day. More information here:

Discontinuation of a course

If you want to discontinue the course, you should immediately notify the educational administrators at, who in turn will inform the course leader and register a non-completion of the course in Ladok after your approval. You are also able to register an early non-completion of the course (within three weeks after course start) in Ladok yourself.


You need to register for exams in Ladok. The registration closes 10 working days prior to the exam. You can find your anonymity code in Ladok Student. It's not possible to register for the exam after the deadline has passed.

On Wednesdays between 12:30-14:30 we have an exam hand out at the department (Ulls hus, 4th floor). Please remember to bring your ID-card.


Do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions!

Kind regards,
The educational administrators

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for NA0189

Academic year 2023/2024

Agricultural Economics, Policy and Trade (NA0189-20182)

2023-10-31 - 2024-01-14

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Course Literature: Agricultural Economics, Policy & Trade

The course is based on a set of lectures and computer lab sessions where we apply a simple model to quantify the effects of different agricultural economics and trade policy instruments.

  • The course material consists of PowerPoint presentations and readings from the textbook and Articles.
  • The textbook is Feenstra, R. and Taylor, A. (2017) International Trade, 4th edition. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • **Relevant Articles: **
  1. Lusk, J. L., & McCluskey, J. (2018). Understanding the impacts of food consumer choice and food policy outcomes. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 40(1), 5–21.
  2. Hemming, D. J., Chirwa, E. W., Dorward, A., Ruffhead, H. J., Hill, R., Osborn, J., Langer, L., Harman, L., Asaoka, H., Coffey, C., & Phillips, D. (2018). Agricultural input subsidies for improving productivity, farm income, consumer welfare and wider growth in low‐ and lower‐middle‐income countries: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 14(1), 1–153.
  3. Furceri, D., Hannan, S. A., Ostry, J. D., & Rose, A. K. (2018). Macroeconomic Consequences of Tariffs.
  4. Jakubik, A., Keck, A., & Piermartini, R. (2022). Trade Policy Implications of a Changing World: Tariffs and Import Market Power, WP/22/219, November 2022.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Political Science - Sustainable Development (BSc) Agricultural Business and Economics Business and Economics - Sustainable Development (BSc) Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA) - Master's Programme Agricultural Economics and Management - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13090 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1F)
Subject: Economics
Course code: NA0189 Application code: SLU-20143 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Economics Pace: 50%