BSc and MSc Theses

We supervise theses in the fields of agricultural and value chain economics, governance, econometrics, and consumer behavior.

Current topics:

Risk in agriculture:

  •  In the context of a collaborative project with the University of Northern Iowa, we offer several MSc and/or BSc theses on the topic: Individual risk management decisions: corn fungicide treatment decisions and the role of subjective beliefs. Statistics and econometric skills and familiarity with Stata are required.

Unfair business practices (unbalanced bargaining power)
and vertical competition issues:

  • Review of the literature and problem definition
  • Description of potential models of enforcement
  • Identification of new approaches to prevent the problem

We also welcome suggestions and ideas from your side.

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Franziska Bauer - Master Student

Doing my Master´s Thesis “Monitoring of Value Chains in Fair Trade – Internal Monitoring System for a Fair Trade Marketing Organization” at the chair was a great pleasure. I have received much support by all chair members which was very helpful. This help made it feasible for me doing the Thesis with an external partner.

Even more important to me was the support in finishing Thesis, Colloquium and complete grading process in a very short time as I needed my certificate for the first professional job. Therefore I appreciate the chair for Governance in International Agribusiness.

Christine Haßauer - Master Student

During my thesis at the „Governance in International Agribusiness Chair“  I had the possibility to apply my knowledge and to improve my scientific working. I enjoyed the exchange with experienced people and learned a lot of them.

Writing my thesis there was a pleasure – I got great support and everyone was helpful and welcoming. I can highly recommend the supervision of this chair.

Daniel Kohlsdorf - Master Student

Master Thesis title (working title):

"Effects on the relationship between suppliers and retailers and the distribution of market power based on the implementation of GI certifications schemes"

I thoroughly enjoy working with the Governance in International Agribusiness Chair, as it allows me to get early insights into the transformations occurring in the food industry.

Writing the thesis at the Governance in International Agribusiness Chair is great not only because of the broad selection of research areas, but also because of the supportive staff that makes all the necessary resources readily available and is always open for questions. 

James Lawrence - Master Student

Master Thesis title:
"The effect of individual beliefs on decisions under risk across different domains"

I have improved immensely as a student by working with the Governance in International Agribusiness Chair. I have been able to use theory learned in a wide variety of classes and apply it to exciting areas of the agriculture industry. 

Writing the thesis with Professor Menapace and the rest of the staff has been a fantastic experience. All members of the Chair are helpful and above all, very competent. When things get stressful, there is always someone on hand with a possible solution and some helpful advice.