Special Issue "Towards Agro-Food Economics and Rural Development Challenges and Perspectives in Competitive Economies"

A special issue of Economies (ISSN 2227-7099).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Nicu Marcu

Head of Doctoral School of Economics II, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Piata Romana Square, no.6, 1st District, Bucharest, Romania
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Interests: economic analysis, resource economics, agricultural investments, ago-food economics
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Andrei Jean Vasile

Doctoral School of Economics II, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Piata Romana Square, no.6, 1st District, Bucharest, Romania
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Interests: agricultural economics, sustainable development, open economy macroeconomics, resource productivity, agricultural model, rural paradigms, agricultural policies
Guest Editor
Prof. Donatella Privitera

Department of Educational Sciences, University of Catania, Via Biblioteca 4 -Palazzo Ingrassia, 95124 Catania, Italy
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Interests: food economics; food tourism; sustainable agriculture; cultural heritage; rural tourism
Guest Editor
Prof. Subic Jonel

Director of The Institute of Agricultural Economics Belgrade, 11060 Belgrade, Volgina Str. 15, p.o.b. 93, Serbia
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Interests: agricultural economics, rural development, crops production, agricultural investments
Guest Editor
Prof. Vasily Erokhin

Harbin Engineering University, School of Economics and Management Polar Development and Northeast Asian Economic Research Center, China
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Interests: international trade, economic integration, globalization, sustainable development, food and economic security, and regional development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agro-food economics and rural development represent fundamental elements in achieving a highly competitive free market economy. The challenges of the contemporary agricultural model have imposed major macroeconomic changes both in terms of the rural economy and the transformation of competitiveness of the national economics paradigm, subjects which, lately, have become key research topics in understanding the functionality of the economic system in competitive economies. Additionally, in recent years, agro-food economics and rural development have experienced a major paradigm shift by aligning to the requirements of the new macroeconomic agricultural model.

The main objective of this Special Issue is to highlight, among the most competitive and current futures of the agro-food economics paradigm, transformations and rural development challenges from a macroeconomic perspective. In this context, this Special Issue aims to discuss a wide range of topics regarding the role of agro-food economics and rural development challenges and changes in contemporary economies, regarding the core values of agricultural economics and rural development; the influence of the agricultural model on developing the inland economic structures is not within the scope of this issue.

In this Special Issue, we welcome submissions from all areas of agricultural economics, with a specific emphasis on the interactions among agro-food economics, rural development and resource productivity. We invite contributors to submit manuscripts with a high degree of novelty as full-length articles, reviews and conceptual papers; both theoretical and practical contributions that focus on these specific topics are encouraged.

All submissions will be subjected to a rigorous peer review procedure before publication with the results disseminated in a timely fashion.  

Prof. Nicu Marcu
Assoc. Prof. Andrei Jean Vasile
Prof. Donatella Privitera
Prof. Subic Jonel
Prof. Vasily Erokhin
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle Explaining Fertility Variation in Rural Communities: The Role of Electricity in Ghana
Received: 16 May 2018 / Revised: 28 June 2018 / Accepted: 29 June 2018 / Published: 16 July 2018
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Abstract
We believe the massive rural electrification, which began in 1992, played a significant role in the varying fertility rates across rural Ghana. Rural households with electricity, tend to have fewer children ever born to a woman than households without electricity. Using control function
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We believe the massive rural electrification, which began in 1992, played a significant role in the varying fertility rates across rural Ghana. Rural households with electricity, tend to have fewer children ever born to a woman than households without electricity. Using control function regressions, we identify the contribution of electrification to the rural-rural variation in fertility by exploiting the exogenous variations in the access rate to electricity at the district-level. Our results indicate that electrification contributes to a fall in fertility among rural women by between one and three children. These results are qualitatively similar to results from our two-stage least squares estimations and counterfactual analysis. Although our results may not reflect what happens in other countries, they suggest that electrification reduces fertility and should be considered when examining the costs and benefits of rural electrification programs in developing countries. Full article
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