Welcome to the website of the INRA-AgroParistech Joint Research Unit in Public Economics.
Public Economics is a unit of research and teaching in economics applied to agriculture and the environment.
The unit brings together researchers in economics from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA ) and professors from the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech, formerly the National Agronomic Institute, INA-PG ) as well as engineers and staff.
It is a part of the Social Sciences, Agriculture and Food, Rural Development and Environment Department at INRA (SAE2).
We are based in two locations: Grignon (west of Paris and Versailles) and Paris. Geographically speaking, we depend on the INRA Versailles-Grignon Center.
Research is centered around three major themes of study:
- public policies and the evolutions of land use, production and ecosystems;
- food security.
Since 2012, the Joint Research Unit (hereafter UMR) in Public Economics has been part of the Laboratory of Excellence (Labex) in Biodiversity, Agroecosystems, Society, Climate (BASC), as a founding member.
The Labex gathers research departments of INRA, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, AgroParisTech as well as other major research institutions. The aim to explore the impact of human activities on ecosystems, and how to address the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of the environment induced by these activities.
The unity is a part of the University Paris-Saclay. She participates in the Institut convergence CLAND, Climate change and land-management systems.
The UMR is particularly involved in the Msc specialization (second year of the graduate program) “Environmental, Energy and Transport Economics”, in association with several institutions such as the University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense, AgroParisTech, Ecole Polytechnique, Mines ParisTech, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech.
Regarding doctoral studies, the UMR is part of the Doctoral School ABIES (“Food, Agriculture, Environment and Health”) which includes AgroParisTech, the National Veterinary School of Paris-Alfort, The National School of Landscape, and the Universities Denis Diderot(Paris VII), Pierre et Maris Curie (Paris VI) and Paris Est Créteil. See the evaluation report, in french.