AESI Annual Conference

18th October 2012


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Registration and Tea/Coffee


Contributed Paper Session 1 (2 parallel sessions)

Consumer Behaviour

Chair: Maeve Henchion

Price search in the grocery market

Alan Collins, Ella Kavanagh, James Cronin and Richard George

Using best-worst scaling to assess who consumers trust: do processing strategies matter?

Danny Campbell and Seda Erdem

Mind the gap: intention to behaviour, the challenge in confectionery consumption

Paul Naughton, Sinéad McCarthy and Mary McCarthy


on the Farm

Chair: Michael Wallace

Economic and behavioural factors motivating private afforestation decisions in Ireland

Herath Vidyaratne, Mary Ryan, Stephen O’Neill, Nuala Ni Fhlatharta and Srinivas Raghavendra

Neighbourhood influence on the adoption of organic farming

Doris Läpple and Hugh Kelley

An examination of computer usage on farms using Teagasc National Farm Survey data

Thia Hennessy and Brian Moran


Tea/Coffee Break


Chair: David Stead

Plenary Session 1:

Presentation of AESI Honorary Life Memberships


PAPER: Estimation of the contribution of the biosector to Ireland’s net foreign earnings: methodology and results


Ann Derwin

(AESI President)



Brendan Riordan


Contributed Paper Session 2 (2 parallel sessions)

Decision-Making and Adoption

Chair: Doris Läpple

An investigation of the participation decision in the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS): a conditional logit approach using simulated counterfactual data for farmers

Geraldine Murphy, Cathal O’Donoghue, Stephen Hynes and Eithne Murphy


Eliciting individuals’ risk perceptions using best worst scaling


Seda Erdem and Dan Rigby

Uptake and benefits of Profit Monitor use on Irish farms

James Breen, Alan Dillon, Thia Hennessy and Fintan Phelan

Agricultural Policy

Chair: Kevin Hanrahan

New decision-making processes and the CAP

Alan Matthews

Do decoupled payments affect farm investment financing constraints? Evidence from Ireland

Conor O’Toole and Thia Hennessy

The effect of policy changes on volatility in dairy markets

Eoin Kelly, Declan O’Connor and Michael Keane


Lunch (in Centurion Bar)



Contributed Paper Session 3 (3 parallel sessions)


Natural Resource Use

Chair: Danny Campbell

Nutrient budgeting at farm level – eco-efficiency of specialist dairy farms

Cathal Buckley, David Wall and Paul Murphy

Estimating the effects of land-use and catchment characteristics on lake water quality: Irish lakes 2004-2009

John Curtis and Edgar Morgenroth

A spatial model of afforestation in Ireland

Vincent Upton, Cathal O’Donoghue and Mary Ryan

Farm Economics

Chair: Eoin Kelly

Identifying determinants of efficiency using Data Envelopment Analysis for Irish suckler beef farms

Eoghan Finneran and Paul Crosson

Modelling compensatory growth using the Grange Dairy Beef Systems Model

Austen Ashfield, Paul Crosson, Michael Wallace and Mark McGee

Assessing the role of incentives in the economic returns to discussion group membership

Thia Hennessy and Doris Läpple

Innovation and Food

Chair: Emma Dillon

Innovation and skills: implications for the agri-food sector in Northern Ireland

Claire Jack, Duncan Anderson and Niamh Connolly

Exploring the role of intermediaries in the innovation networks

Hatice Beste Yildiz, Maeve Henchion and Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Attitudes towards healthy eating; profiling the health oriented consumer in a representative sample of Irish adults

Paul Naughton, Sinéad McCarthy and Mary McCarthy


Tea/Coffee Break


Plenary Session 2: CAP Reform


Vincent Chatellier (INRA) – The October 2011 legislative proposals for CAP reform: a French point of view


Panel discussion from an island of Ireland perspective:

Kevin Hanrahan (Teagasc), Rowena Dwyer (IFA), Myles Patton (AFBI)


(followed by general discussion)