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Dr Alastair Bailey

Reader in Agricultural Economics

School of Economics, Keynes College, C1.04



Dr Alastair Bailey joined the School of Economics in 2008. He was appointed Deputy Head of School in 2013 and subsequently Head of the School of Economics from August 2014.

Alastair gained his first degree in Agriculture from UCNW Bangor after which he moved to the University of Reading to undertake a PhD in the School of Agricultural Economics. He subsequently worked as a Research Fellow at Wye CollegeUniversity of London and went on to become Lecturer in Agricultural Economics at both Wye and Imperial Colleges where he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004. Alastair moved to the University of Kent in 2008 where he gained the title Reader in Agricultural Economics.

Alastair’s research interests lie principally in the area of microeconomics and production theory as it relates to agriculture and agriculture's impact on the environment. The questions addressed by Alastair’s work include the study of small farmer market engagement in both Eastern Europe and in Africa, rural to urban migration and questions of occupation and residential choice, the valuation of consumer concerns for pesticide use in food production systems, the measurement of sector level TFP and individual level technology adoption and the effect of transfer and transactions costs on the trade in agricultural commodities.

Current research themes, within which Dr Bailey can consider supervising PhD students, include small farm market  engagement, the micro economics of rural development and the adoption of novel technologies among atomised industries; particularly agriculture. Preferred projects would include a significant empirical content.

Alastair’s research has received funding from bodies including DEFRA, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the cross Research Council RELU programme.

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Alastair's publications can also be found on RePEc, Orcid and ResearchGate.

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Kostov, P., Davidova, S. and Bailey, A. (2018). Comparative efficiency of family and corporate farms: does family labour matter?. Journal of Agricultural Economics [Online]. Available at:
Kostov, P., Davidova, S. and Bailey, A. (2018). Effect of family labour on output of farms in selected EU Member States: A non-parametric quantile regression approach. European Review of Agricultural Economics [Online] 45:367-395. Available at:
Rizov, M., Davidova, S. and Bailey, A. (2018). Employment effects of CAP payments in the UK non-farm economy. European Review of Agricultural Economics [Online]. Available at:
Sibande, L., Bailey, A. and Davidova, S. (2017). The impact of farm input subsidies on maize marketing in Malawi. Food Policy [Online] 69:190-206. Available at:
Fredriksson, L., Bailey, A., Davidova, S., Gorton, M. and Traikova, D. (2016). The Commercialisation of subsistence farms: Evidence from the new member states of the EU. Land Use Policy [Online] 60:37-47. Available at:
Bailey, A. and Suta, C. (2014). Parlons Graphiques: Small Farming across the EU-27. EuroChoices [Online] 13:26-27. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Kostov, P., Davidova, S. and Bailey, A. (2017). Comparative efficiency of family and corporate farms: does family labour matter. In: XV Congress Od European Association of Agricultural Economists 'TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE AGRI-FOOD SYSTEMS: BALANCING BETWEEN MARKETS AND SOCIETY'.
Bailey, A., Davidova, S. and Kostov, P. (2017). One size does not fit all: an empirical investigation of the Romanian agriculture production function. In: 91st Conference of the UK Agricultural Economics Society.
Sebu, J. (2017). Essays on Farm Household Credit Constraint, Productivity and Consumption Inequality in Malawi.
Darko, F. (2016). Empirical Analysis on Microfinance Institutions in Developing Countries.
Showing 10 of 39 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]



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Research interests

Alastair Bailey's research interests are in the analysis of primary production systems and the evaluation of agricultural, trade and environmental policies.

Alastair's RePEc page is

Working Papers

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Consultation hours

I am finding it increasingly difficult to set-a-side particular office hours for student consultations due to university business. However, I do wish to remain available to students. Therefore, please use email to request a meeting, suggesting two possible times, and I will respond with an appointment.

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PhD supervision

Current students

Past students

  • Francis Darko, registered 2012
  • Joshua Sebu, registered 2012
  • Lonester Sibande, registered 2011
  • Barbara Tocco, registered 2010
  • Dr Christone Nyondo: "The Spatial Integration of Agricultural Markets in Malawi: The Case of Maize and Dry Beans", completed 2013
  • Dr Lena Fredriksson: "Determinants of and Barriers to Commercialisation of Subsistence Farmers in Selected EU New Member States", completed 2013
  • Dr Ian Johnson
  • Dr Anna Voges
  • Dr Cornelia Suta
  • Dr Andes Silva
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Administrative roles

  • Head of the School of Economics
  • Member of the School of Economics Strategic Management Team
  • Member, University of Kent Board for Environmental Social Sciences Research & Enterprise Task Force
  • Member, University of Kent, Enterprise Sustainability Committee
  • Open/Applicant Day Co-ordinator
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Last Updated: 24/09/2018