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Dr. David Schäfer


Economic Modeling of Agricultural Systems
Nussallee 19
D-53115 Bonn

Tel.: +49 (0)228-73-3546, room 0.002






Research interest

  • Impacts of agri-environmental legislation on spatial distribution of environmental externalities
  • Environmental impacts of bioenergy related policies
  • Agent-based Modeling


Academic education

10/2012 - 11/2014 Master of Science (M.Sc.) Agricultural and Food Economics, University of Bonn
09/2008 - 09/2012 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Bio-Based Products and Bioenergy, University of Hohenheim
08/2010 - 05/2011 Exchange Undergraduate Student
Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Since 12/2014 Research assistant
Institute for Food and Resource Economics, University of Bonn
Current project: Modeling structural change and agricultural nutrient flows across scales in regions of North Rhine-Westphalia
10/2013 - 08/2014 Student assistant
Institute for Food and Resource Economics
Chair of Resource and Environmental Economics, University of Bonn
02/2013 - 09/2013 Student assistant
Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn
Project: "Volatility in Commodity Markets, Trade Policy, and the Poor"
07/2011 - 10/2011 Farm assistant
Skrattåsen Gård, Norway

Involvement in scientific courses

  • Exercise to the lecture "Simulation Models for Policy Analysis (SS '15, '16, '17)"
  • Exercise to the lecture "Modeling of Dynamic Agri-Ecological Systems" (SS '17)"
  • Seminar "Production Economics and Farm Management" (SS '16)


Pahmeyer, C., Schäfer, D., Kuhn, T., Britz, W. (2021): Data on a synthetic farm population of the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Data in Brief 36(June 2021): 107007, Link.

Kuhn, T., Schäfer, D., Holm-Müller, K., Britz, W. (2019): On-farm compliance costs with the EU-Nitrates Directive: A modelling approach for specialized livestock production in northwest Germany, Agricultural Systems 173: 233-243, Link.

Schäfer, D., Britz, W., 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 , Link.

Conference contributions

Schäfer, D., Britz, W. (2017): Estimating impacts of the revised German fertilizer ordinance on manure transport flows within North Rhine-Westphalia, Poster presented at the EAAE XVth Congress, Parma (Italy).

Kuhn, T., Schäfer, D., Britz, W. (2017): Assessing the costs to comply with the revised German implementation of the EU Nitrates Directive: a Meta-modelling approach, Poster presented at the EAAE XVth Congress, Parma (Italy).

Schäfer, D., Seidel, C., Britz, W. (2016): Estimating Dual Profit Functions to Depict Farmer Behavior in Agent-Based Models – a Meta-Modelling Approach, Poster presented at the 56th Annual Conference of the German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA), Bonn, 28-30 September 2016.

Last Updated:Tuesday, August 03, 2021