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You are here: ILREconomic Modeling of Agricultural SystemsStaff Britz

Wolfgang Britz


Head of Group
Economic Modeling of Agricultural Systems

PD Dr. agr., Senior Lecturer and Researcher


Nussallee 19, Haus 2, room 0.008 (ground floor)
Tel.: ++ 49 - 2 28 - 73 29 12

Wolfgang Britz is senior researcher and lecturer in a tenured position at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics, University Bonn, where his research focus is on the impacts of agricultural, environmental and trade policies on the agricultural sector, the environment and rural areas based on quantitative analysis with different types of economic simulation models. Since 2017, he heads the Economic Modelling of Agricultural Systems group after temporarily heading the "Production Economics" chair in 2016.

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Dr. Britz regularly consults governments and international organizations such as the EU Commission, OECD or FAO based on quantitative impact assessments and in methodological matters relating to economic simulation models.

He developed the first versions of the CAPRI modelling system and contributed until 2012 to its evolvement as a global economic simulation model for trade in agricultural and food products combined with detailed bio-economic supply models for European agriculture, including coordinating large-scale EU funded research projects focusing on CAPRI.


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Selected publications and conference contributions

Peer reviewed Journal articles

Böcker, T., Britz, W., Finger, R. (2018): Modelling the Effects of a Glyphosate Ban on Weed Management in Silage Maize Production, Ecological Economics 145(March): 182-193.

Zimmermann, A., Webber, H., Zhao, G., Ewert, F., Kros, H., Wolf, J., Britz, W., de Vries, W. (2017): Climate change impacts on crop yields, land use and environment in response to crop sowing dates and thermal time requirements , Agricultural Systems

Schäfer, D., Britz, W. and Kuhn, T. (2017): Flexible Load of Existing Biogas Plants: A Viable Option to Reduce Environmental Externalities and to Provide Demand-driven Electricity?, German Journal of Agricultural Economics 66(2): 109-123

Britz, W., Van der Mensbrugghe, D. (2016): Reducing unwanted consequences of aggregation in large-scale economic models - A systematic empirical evaluation with the GTAP model, Economic Modelling 2016: 462-473, first published online October 2016

Zimmermann, A., Britz, W. (2016): European farms' participation in agri-environmental measures, Land Use Policy 50: 214-228, first published online October 2015

Himics, M., Britz, W. (2015): Flexible and welfare-consistent tariff aggregation over exporter regions Economic Modelling (in press), first published online November 2015

Britz, B., Perez, I. and Gopalakrishnan B.N. (2015): Analyzing Results from Agricultural Large-scale Economic Simulation Models: Recent Progress and the Way Ahead, German Journal of Agricultural Economics 65(2): 106-119

Wolf, J., Kanellopoulos, A., Kros, H., Webber, H., Zhao, G., Britz, W., Reinds, G. J., Ewert, F. and de Vries, W. (2015): Combined analysis of climate, technological and price changes on future arable farming systems in Europe, Agricultural Systems 140: 56-73

Webber, H., Zhao, G., Wolf, J., Britz, W., de Vries, W., Gaiser, T., Hoffmann, H. and Ewert, F. (2015): Climate change impacts on European crop yields: Do we need to consider nitrogen limitation?, European Journal of Agronomy 71: 123-134

Pelikan, J., Britz, W., Hertel, T. W. (2015): Green Light for Green Agricultural Policies? An Analysis at Regional and Global Scales , Journal of Agricultural Economics 66(1):1-19, first published online March 9, 2014

Bouraoui, F., Thieu, V., Grizzetti, B., Britz, W. and Bidoglio, G. (2014): Scenario analysis for nutrient emission reduction in the European inland waters, Environmental Research Letters 9: 1-13

Britz, W. (2014): A New Graphical User Interface Generator for Economic Models and its Comparison to Existing Approaches, German Journal of Agricultural Economics, 63(4): 271-285

Schroeder, L. A., Gocht, A., Britz, W. (2014): The Impact of Pillar II Funding: Validation from a Modelling and Evaluation Perspective, Journal of Agricultural Economics, 66(2): 415-441 first published online Novemeber 17, 2014

Kuhn, A., Britz, W., Willy, D. K., van Oel, P. (2014): Simulating the viability of water institutions under volatile rainfall conditions – The case of the Lake Naivasha Basin , Environmental Modelling & Software, first published online September 16, 2014

Mittenzwei, K., Britz, W., Wieck, C. (2014): Does the "green box" of the European Union distort global markets? , Bio-based and Applied Economics, 3(1):1-20

Lengers, B., Britz, W., Holm-Müller, K. (2014): What drives marginal abatement costs of greenhouse gases on dairy farms? A meta-modelling approach , Journal of Agricultural Economics 65(3):579-599, first published online January 24, 2014

Britz, W., Delzeit, R. (2013): The impact of German biogas production on European and global agricultural markets, land use and the environment , Energy Policy 62:1268-1275 first published online July 29, 2013

Britz, W., Ferris, M., Kuhn, A. (2013): Modeling water allocating institutions based on Multiple Optimization Problems with Equilibrium Constraints , Environmental Modelling & Software 46:196-207, first published online May 7, 2013

Lengers, B., Britz, W. and Holm-Müller, K. (2013): Comparison of GHG-emission indicators for dairy farms with respect to induced abatement costs, accuracy and feasibility , Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 35(3): 451-475, first published online April 26, 2013

Gocht, A., Britz, W., Ciaian, P. and Gomez y Paloma, S.(2013): Farm Type Effects of an EU-wide Direct Payment Harmonisation , Journal of Agricultural Economics 68:1-32

Renwick, A., Jansson, T., Verburg, P. H., Revoredo-Giha, C., Britz, W., Gocht, A. and McCracken, D.,(2013): Policy reform and agricultural land abandonment in the EU , Land Use Policy 30 (2013):446 - 457

Britz, W., Van Ittersum, M., Oude Lansink, A. und Heckelei, T. (2012): Tools for Integrated Assessment in Agriculture. State of the Art and Challenges , Bio-based and Applied Economics 1(2):125-150

Delzeit, R., Holm-Müller, K. and Britz, W. (2012): Ökonomische Bewertung des Erneuerbare Energien Gesetzes zur Förderung von Biogas , Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik 13:251-265

Lengers, B. and Britz, W. (2012): The choice of emission indicators in environmental policy design: an analysis of GHG abatement in different dairy farms based on a bio-economic model approach, , Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies 93:117-144

Wieck, C., Schlüter, S. W. und Britz, W. (2012): Assessment of the Impact of Avian Influenza Related Regulatory Policies on Poultry Meat Trade and Welfare , The World Economy 35(8):1037-1052

Kuhn, A. and Britz, W.(2012): Can hydro-economic river basin models simulate water shadow prices under asymmetric access? , Water Science and Technology 66:879-886

Heckelei, T., Britz, W. and Zhang, Y. (2012): Positive Mathematical Programming Approaches – Recent Developments in Literature and Applied Modelling , Bio-based and Applied Economics 1(1):109-124

Britz, W., Gocht, A., Pèrez Dominguez, I., Jansson, T., Grosche, S. and Zhao, N.(2012): EU-Wide (Regional and Farm Level) Effects of Premium Decoupling and Harmonisation Following the Health Check Reform , German Journal of Agricultural Economics 61:44-56

Delzeit R., Britz, W. and Holm-Müller, K.: (2012) Modelling Regional Input Markets With Numerous Processing Plants: The Case Of Green Maize For Biogas Production In Germany, Environmental Modelling and Software, 32:74-82, available online since 1-10-2011

Leip A., Britz W., de Vries W. and Weiss F.(2011): Farm, land, and soil nitrogen budgets for agriculture in Europe calculated with CAPRI, Environmental Pollution 159(11):3243-3253

Gocht, A., and Britz, W.(2011): EU-wide farm type supply models in CAPRI - How to consistently disaggregate sector models into farm type models., Journal of Policy Modeling

Britz W., Verburg P. and Leip A.(2011): Modelling of land cover and agricultural change in Europe: combining the CLUE and CAPRI-Spat approaches, Agric. Ecosyst. Environ.

Britz W. and Hertel T.(2011): Impacts of EU Biofuels Directives on Global Markets and EU Environmental Quality: An integrated PE, Global CGE analysis, Agric. Ecosyst. Environ. 142:102-109, available online since 2009

Britz W. and Leip A.(2009):Development of marginal emission factors for N losses from agricultural soils with the DNDC-CAPRI meta-model, Agric. Ecosyst. Environ.

Pèrez Dominguez I., Britz W. and Holm-Müller K.: (2009) Trading Schemes for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from European Agriculture: A Comparative Analysis based on different Implementation Options, Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies

Britz W.(2008):Automated model linkages: the example of CAPRI Agrarwirtschaft, 57(8)

Leip, A., Marchi, G., Koeble, R., Kempen, Britz W. and Li, C.(2008): Linking an economic model for European agriculture with a mechanistic model to estimate nitrogen losses from cropland soil in Europe, Biogeosciences 5(1):73-94

Ribas Alvarez, A., Perez, I. and Britz W.:(2007) Efectos previsibles da reforma da PAC de 2003 no sector productor de carne de vacún en Galiza, Revista trimestral de información economica, ISSN 0214-4646, 37:65-77

Oyewumi, O.A., Jooste, A., Britz W. and van Schalkwyk, H.D.(2007): Tariff and Tariff Rate Quota Liberalization in the South African Livestock Industry: Approaches to Welfare Measurement., Agrekon 46(1)

Britz W., Heckelei, T. und Perez, I.(2006):Land Use Effects of Decoupling: An EU wide, regionally differentiated Analysis, Agrarwirtschaft

Britz W., Heckelei, T. and Wolff, H. (2003): Symmetric Positive Equilibrium Problem: A Framework for Rationalizing Economic Behavior with Limited Information: Comment., Amer. J. Agr. Ecom. 85(4): 1078-1081

Heckelei, T. and Britz W.(2000): Positive Mathematical Programming with Multiple Data Points: A Cross-Sectional Estimation Procedure, Cahiers d'Economie et Sociologie Rurales Nr 57, 4e trimestre 2000

Britz W.:(2000)IT - An Unimportant Ingredient of Large Scale Models?, Agrarwirtschaft JG 48, Heft 3/4, Frankfurt: 1999

Book chapters

Britz, W. and Kallrath, J.(2012): Economic Simulation Models in Agricultural Economics: The Current and Possible Future Role of Algebraic Modeling Languages in: Kallrath, J. (eds.): Algebraic Modelling Systems: Modeling and Soving Real World Optimization Problems ,p. 199-212, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany

Leip A., Weiss F. and Britz W.(2011): Agri-Environmental Nitrogen Indicators for EU 27 in: Flichman G. (ed): Bio-Economic Models applied to Agricultural Systems, Springer, Netherlands, pp 109-124

Britz W., Perez I. and Heckelei T.(2010): A comparison of CAPRI and SEAMLESS as Integrated Modelling Systems in: Brouwer, F., van Ittersum, M.K. (Eds.), Environmental and agricultural modelling: integrated approaches for policy impact assessment. Springer, Dordrecht, 2010

Britz W. and Mittenzwei K.(2008): Spatial down-scaling as a tool to improve multifunctionality indicators in economic models in: Paul N. Findley (ed.). Environmental Modelling: New Research, Nova Publishers 2008, ISBN: 978-1-60692-034-3

Other publications

Britz W.: Modeling Agri-Environmental Interactions for Policy Analysis Invited plenary presentation at 50. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues e.V., 29.9.-1.10.2010, Braunschweig, Germany

Britz W.: (2010) GAMS Models in Agricultural Economics Invited presentation at the workshop "Modeling Languages in Mathematical Optimization - Overview, Opportunities and Challenges in Application Development" of the Work group "Modeling Languages in Mathematical Optimization" of the German Gesellschaft für Operation Research, 18.-19.11.2010, Bad Honnef, Germany

Britz W. and Heckelei T.: Recent Developments in EU Policies - Challenges for Partial Equilibrium Models Invited paper prepared for presentation at the 107th EAAE Seminar "Modeling of Agricultural and Rural Development Policies". Sevilla, Spain, January 29th-February 1st, 2008

Heckelei, T. and Britz W.:Models based on positive Mathematical Programming: State of the Art and Further Expensions ,Invited paper presented at the 89th EAAE Symposium Modelling agricultural policies: state of the art and new challenges" Parma, Italy, February 3-5, 2005

Wieck, C. and Britz W.: Completeness and Consistency in a Multidimensional Data Base using Constrained Simultaneous Estimation Techniques Poster presented at the "42. Jahrestagung der GEWISOLA" (German Ag.Econ Society), received the "Best Poster Award"


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