Summer School in “Empirics of Economics of Governance of Agrifood Value Chains”


The Summer Schools proposes an inquiry into the fundamental principles of organizational choice. The main focus is on the empirical method of studying organizational and contract choice. Theory and empirical applications on agri-food chains are presented in depth. Practical exercises with actual data estimated using econometric methods are integrated into the course. Specific topics covered include: Perspectives on Economic Organization; New Institutional Economics; Contract choice and Design; Governance of Value Chains; Evidence and Applications of Organizational Forms; The Network Form of Governance; Theories and Boundaries of the Firm; Organizational Competences in Developing countries; Applications on Agri-food Chains; Organization and the Institutional Environment. An intensive engagement of the participants is required in debating the key concepts and models of analysis presented in the teaching events. A reading list of selected papers will be sent to each participant to study purposes in order to prepare the participation to the debates. Students are also invited to present and to discuss their own research proposal in a dedicated afternoon session.

The specific objectives of the School are:

a) to elaborate on the introductory concepts at the bases of the analysis;

b) to discuss in the context of PhD training context the aspects of AgriFood Chains governance;

c) to identify potential needs of intervention in food systems on the basis of the achieved knowledge.

Admission requirements

Courses are open to post-graduate students, preferably with a scientific degree (e.g. engineering, agriculture, chemistry and biotechnology), with good academic qualification evaluated by the personal CV, and will take place only if a 25 minimum number of participants will apply (maximum number of participants is 50).

Good knowledge of English is required.


Foreign students

From a minimum of 50% to a maximum of 70% of the attendance of the summer school will be destined to foreign students.

Study Plan

Transaction Cost Economics; Theory of Organization; Concepts of Agri-Food governance; Method of empirical analysis (Case studies, Econometrics of Contract, Modelling the choice of the governance structure).




The course lasts for 80 hours: 64 hours lessons are lectures and workshops, 16 hours are for laboratory experiences. 100% of attendance is mandatory

to be awarded with 3 credits CFU/ECTS (to be con rmed).



€ 1.000,00

Cost of living in Perugia is about

€ 700,00 per month.