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Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

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Professor Alan Matthews
Department of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
Email: Alan.Matthews@tcd.ie

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Research interests

Research interests include the behaviour of the Irish farm and food system, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, the relationships between trade and food security, and WTO trade norms and disciplines.

Professional contributions

Professional awards and recognition

  • President, European Association of Agricultural Economics, 2011-2014.
  • UK Agricultural Economics Society, Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Policy 2014.
  • 2010 Conference rapporteur, 'The CAP post 2013', DG Agriculture and Rural Development Conference on the public debate, Brussels, 19-20 July 2010.
  • 2008 Elected Vice-President and President-Elect of the European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • 2007 Awarded Venture Trust Travel Fellowship to visit the Centre for Applied Economics and Policy Studies, Massey University, New Zealand
  • 2000 Awarded Trinity College Berkeley Fellowship
  • 1999 Awarded Jean Monnet Chair in European Agricultural Policy in competition organised by the European Commission DG Education and Culture
  • 1989 Awarded Royal Irish Academy Fellowship
  • 1986 Elected to Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin

Recent public service appointments

Consulting experience

Desk assignments commissioned within Ireland by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Department of Foreign Affairs; Forfàs and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on State-Sponsored Bodies; and abroad by the European Commission DG Budget, DG Trade and DG Agri, European Parliament, FAO, IEEP, OECD, UNECE, UNIDO and World Bank.

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Recent books, monographs, reports

Matthews, A., 2016, The future of direct payments, in European Parliament, Research For AGRI Committee – Reflections On The Agricultural Challenges Post-2020 In The EU: Preparing The Next CAP Reform, IP/B/AGRI/CEI/2015-70/0/C5/SC1, Brussels, Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, 2016, pp. 3-86.

Matthews, A., 2015. Food security, developing countries and multilateral trade rules, Background Paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2015-2016, 2015, Rome, Food and Agriculture Organisation, pp. 59.

Matthews, A., 2014, Food Security and WTO Domestic Support Disciplines post-Bali, ICTSD Programme on Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Development; Issue Paper No. 53; International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland

Matthews, A., Greening CAP payments: a missed opportunity?, Dublin, Institute for International and European Affairs, 2013.

Boysen, O. and Matthews, A., 2012, Impact of EU Common Agricultural Policy reform on Uganda, London, Overseas Development Institute, 53pp.

Keijzer, N., King, M., Spierings, E., Matthews, A., 2012. Measuring Policy Coherence for Development: Final Report. Study commissioned by The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Maastricht: ECDPM.

Environmental Public Goods in the New CAP: Impact of Greening Proposals and Possible Alternatives, IP/B/AGRI/CEI/2011-097/E001/SC1, Brussels, European Parliament, 2012, 95pp.

Policy Coherence for Development : Indicators for Ireland, Report commissioned by the Advisory Board for Irish Aid, Dublin, Institute for International Integration Studies, 2012, 101 pp. [with Michael King].

Matthews, Alan, Post-2013 EU Common Agricultural Policy, Trade and Development: A Review of Legislative Proposals; Issue Paper No.39; International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland, 2011.

Matthews, Alan, How Might the EU's Common Agricultural Policy Affect Trade and Development After 2013? An Analysis of the European Commission's November 2010 Communication, Issue Paper No. 29, Geneva, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, 2010

Policy Coherence for Development: The State of Play in Ireland, 2009, 215 pp, Dublin, Institute for International Integration Studies [with Frank Barry and Michael King]

Alan Matthews, with Hannah Chaplin, Thomas Giblin and Marian Mraz, 2007, Policy Coherence for Development: Coherence between Ireland's Official Development Cooperation Activities and other Policy Areas in particular Agricultural Trade and Support Policies , Research Series No. 1, Dublin, Advisory Board for Irish Aid, 2007, 72pp.[a text version of this report is available as an IIIS Discussion Paper]

Agriculture and Development: the Case for Policy Coherence, Paris, OECD, 2005, 123 pp.

Economic Consequences of the Doha Round for Ireland , Dublin , Forfás, 2005, 119pp. [with K. Walsh]

Measuring and Understanding Productivity Growth in Irish Agriculture (with C. Newman),Wissenschaftsverl. Vauk 2004, 179pp.

The Future of Rural Areas in an Enlarged EU: Perspectives for the new Member States in Central and Eastern Europe and Bulgaria and Romania, European Commission-Directorate General for Agriculture [Network of Independent Agricultural Experts in the CEE Candidate Countries (Advisory Body: Abele, S., Frohberg, K., Hartmann, M., Matthews, A. Weingarten, P.)], 2004, Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Mittel- und Osteuropa, Halle (Saale); Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, pp. 237.ISBN 92-894-7485-8.

Regional Integration and Food Security in Developing Countries, Training Materials for Agricultural Planning 45, Rome, Food and Agriculture Organization, 2003, 95pp.

Social security systems and demographic developments in agriculture in the CEE candidate countries, European Commission-Directorate General for Agriculture [Network of Independent Agricultural Experts in the CEE Candidate Countries (Advisory Body: Abele, S., Frohberg, K., Hartmann, M., Matthews, A. Weingarten, P.)], 2003, Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Mittel- und Osteuropa, Halle (Saale).

Key Developments in the Agri-Food Chain and on Restructuring and Privatisation in the CEE Candidate Countries, European Commission-Directorate General for Agriculture [Network of Independent Agricultural Experts in the CEE Candidate Countries (Advisory Body: Abele, S., Frohberg, K., Hartmann, M., Matthews, A. Weingarten, P.)], 2003, Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Mittel- und Osteuropa, Halle (Saale).

WTO Agreement on Agriculture: The Implementation Experience: Developing Country Case Studies (general editor), Rome, FAO, 2003, 644 pp.

The WTO Negotiations in the Field of Agriculture and Food: Strategic Positions of the US and China (with K. Ingersent), Report No. AGRI 135, Directorate-General for Research of the European Parliament, Luxembourg, European Parliament, 2001, 94pp.

Farm Incomes: Myths and Reality, Cork, Cork University Press, 2000, 88pp.


Recent journal articles

Matthews, A., Food safety regulation in TTIP: much ado about nothing? European Journal of Risk Regulation 2 (2016), 256-261.

Matthews, A., The Potential Implications of a Brexit for Future EU Agri-food Policies, Eurochoices, 15(2), 2016, pp. 17-22

Matthews, A., Will Economic Partnership Agreements increase poverty? The case of Uganda, Review of Development Economics, published on-line 5 July 2016, DOI:10.1111/rode.12272  [with O. Boysen]

Matthews, A., Giovanni Anania: Shaping the future of European agricultural policy, Bio-based and Applied Economics 4(3): 305-313, 2015 [with J.-C. Bureau]

Boysen, O., Grinsted Jensen, H. and Matthews, A., Impact of EU agricultural policy on developing countries: A Uganda case study, Journal of International Trade & Economic Development [published online, 2015 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638199.2015.1069884

Boysen, O., Miller, C. and Matthews, A. Economic and household impacts of projected policy changes for the Irish agri-food sector, Journal of Agricultural Economics (published online 2015 doi: 10.1111/1477-9552.12119).

Gaigné, C., Laroche Dupraz, C., and Matthews A., 2015. Thirty Years of European Research on International Trade in Food and Agricultural Products, Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement/Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies, 96-1, 91-130.

Miller, C, Matthews, A., Donnellan, T. and O'Donoghue, C., 2014. The Employment Effects of Food Harvest 2020 in Ireland, Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research 53: 149–169.

Matthews, A., 2014, Trade rules, food security and the multilateral trade negotiations', European Review of Agricultural Economics, doi: 10.1093/erae/jbu017

Matthews, A., 2014, Doha Negotiations on Agriculture and Future of the WTO Multilateral Trade System, QA Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, 1, 31-71, doi: 10.3280/QU2014-001002.

Matthews, A., 2013, Greening agricultural payments in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, BAE Bio-based and Applied Economics, 2, 1, 1-27.

Matthews, A., 2012. Greening the CAP: the way forward, QA Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, 4, 37-60.

Matthews, A., 2012, Greening the Common Agricultural Policy post 2014, Intereconomics,47, 6, 326-331.

Wang, H. and Matthews, A., 2011, Estimating the labour transformation elasticity between agricultural and non-agricultural sectors in China, Food Economics - Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section C, 8: 1, 48-58.

Frank Barry, Michael King and Alan Matthews, 2010. Policy Coherence for Development: Five Challenges, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 21, 207-223.

Matthews, A., 2009. Globaali ruokaturva, hintojen heilahtelu ja niiden vaikutukset EU:n maatalouspolitiikkaan (Global food security, price volatility and implications for EU agricultural policy), PTT-katsaus 2/2009, pp. 20-26.

Matthews, A., 2008. The CAP and global food security, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture 47, 4, 281-284.

De Maria, F., Drogué, S. and Matthews, A., 2008. Agro-Food Preferences in the EU's GSP Scheme: An Analysis of Changes between 2004 and 2006, Development Policy Review 26 (6): 693-712.

Matthews, A., 2008. The European Union's Common Agricultural Policy and Developing Countries: the Struggle for Coherence, European Integration, 30, 3, 381–399.

Keith Walsh, Martina Brockmeier and Alan Matthews, 2007, Implications of Domestic Support Disciplines for Further Agricultural Trade Liberalization, Journal of International Agriculture and Development, 3, 2, 173-198.

Janine Dixon and Alan Matthews, 2007, The 2003 Mid-Term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis for Ireland , Journal of International Agriculture and Development, 3, 1, 71-85.

Newman, C. and Matthews, A., 2007, Evaluating the Productivity Performance of Agricultural Enterprises in Ireland using a Multiple Output Distance Function Approach, Journal of Agricultural Economics , 58, 1, 128-151.

Matthews, A., 2006, Improving coherence between Irish trade and development policy from an African perspective, Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol. XXXV, pp. 219-231.

Newman, C. and Matthews, A., 2006, The productivity performance of Irish dairy farms 1984-2000: a multiple output distance function approach, Journal of Productivity Analysis 26, 2, pp. 191-205. [abstract]

Bureau, J. C., Jean, S. and Matthews, A., 2006, The Consequences of Agricultural Trade Liberalization for Developing Countries: Distinguishing Between Genuine Benefits and False Hopes, World Trade Review, 5, 2, 225-249. [abstract]

Matthews, A. and Walsh, K., 2006, The Economic Consequences of the Doha Round for Ireland, Economic and Social Review, Vol. 37, No. 1, Spring, 2006, pp. 47-69.

Dixon, J. and Matthews, A., 2006, Impact of the 2003 Mid Term Review of the Common Agricultural Policy, Economic and Social Research Institute Quarterly Economic Commentary, (Spring), 36 - 52.

Chaplin, H. and Matthews, A., 2006, Coping with the Fallout for Preference Receiving Countries from EU Sugar Reform, The Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, 7, 1, 15-31.

Laroche-Dupraz, C. and Matthews, A., 2005, Approche graphique du fonctionnement des contingents tarifaires : effets sur l’accès au marché d’importation et le bien-être économique des exportateurs, Économie et Prévision, n°169-170-171, 2005-3/4/5, 227-238. [abstract]

Matthews, A., 2005, The road from Doha to Hong Kong in the agricultural negotiations: a developing country perspective, European Review of Agricultural Economics 32, 4, 561-574.

Matthews, A., 2005, Development Assistance to Agriculture: can the decline be reversed?, EuroChoices, 4, 1, pp.24-25.

Do Developing Countries Need a Development Box, Eurochoices, 2, 2, (2003), pp.18-22 (with Brooks, J. and Wilson, N.).

A double-hurdle model of Irish household expenditure on prepared meals, Applied Economics 35, (2003), pp. 1053-1061 (with C. Newman and M. Henchion).

Economic determinants of private afforestation in the Republic of Ireland, Land Use Policy 20, (2003), pp. 51-59 (with S. McCarthy and B. Riordan).

Issues Arising from the 2001 Foot and Mouth Outbreak, Irish Banking Review, (Autumn 2002), pp. 24-37 (with R. O'Toole).

Les pays en développement et les négociations de lOMC sur la libéralisation des échanges agricoles, Economie Rurale, 267, (Jan-Feb 2002), pp. 5-18.

Developing countries' position in WTO: issues for developing countries, Development Policy Review, 20, 1, 2002, pp. 75-90.

Measuring productivity change and efficiency on Irish farms (with S. O'Neill and Leavy, T.), Farm and Food, 12, 1, Spring 2002, pp. 4-5.

Agricultural tariff rate quotas as a development instrument (with C. Laroche-Dupraz), Economie Internationale, 87, 2001, pp. 89-106.

How important is agriculture and the agri-food sector in Ireland?, Irish Banking Review, Winter 2001, pp. 28-40.

Technical change and efficiency in Irish agriculture (with Suzanne O'Neill), Economic and Social Review, 32, 3, (2001), pp. 253-284 .

Infrequency of Purchase and Double-Hurdle Models of Irish Households Meat Expenditure (with Newman, C. and Henchion, M.), European Review of Agricultural Economics 28, 4 (2001), pp. 393-419.

Multilateral trade reform in agriculture and the developing countries, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, 39, 3, (2000), 261-280.

Productivity growth in Irish agriculture, Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, XXIX (1999/2000), 315-358.


Recent book chapters

Matthews, A., International Assistance for developing countries to participate fully in the trade system, in Josling T. and Meilke, K.eds., International Trade Rules for Food and Agricultural Products, Volume III, Handbooks on International Food and Agricultural Policies, Singapore, World Scientific Publishing Co. (forthcoming) (with D. Dixit).

Matthews, A., 2016. What outcome to expect on Geographical Indications in the TTIP free trade negotiations with the United States, in Arfini, F., Mancini, M., Veneziani, M. and Donati, M. (eds), Intellectual Property Rights for Geographical Indications: What is at stake in the TTIP?, Newcastle upon Type, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, pp.2-18.

Matthews, A., 2015. 'The CAP and development', in McMahon J. and Cardwell, M. eds., Research Handbook on EU Agricultural Law, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, pp. 485-504.

Matthews, A., 2015.'The Multi-annual Financial Framework and the 2013 CAP reform' and 'Reflections on the CAP Post-2014', in Swinnen J. ed., The Political Economy of the 2013 CAP Reform. Brussels, Centre for European Policy Studies, 2015, pp. 167-192 and pp. 493-508.

Matthews, A., 2015. Food security as a driver of integration in Europe, in Brennan, L. and Murray, P. eds., Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives, London and New York, Routledge, pp. 148-163.

Matthews, A., 2014, The agri-food sector, in Newman, C. and O'Hagan, J. eds., The Economy of Ireland, 12 edition, Dublin, Gill & Macmillan, pp. pp. 287-311.

Matthews, A., 2014 Food Security and WTO Domestic Support Disciplines post-Bali', in Hartmann, M. and Hesse, J. eds., Agriculture and Food in the 21st Century: Economic, Environmental and Social Challenges, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang GmbH, 163-184..

Matthews, A., 2014, Europe's experience with agricultural integration and lessons for third countries, in Schmid, E. and Vogel, S. eds., The Common Agricultural Policy in the 21st Century, Vienna, facultas.wuv Universitätsverlag, 1-18.

Alan Matthews, Unfulfilled Expectations? The EU's agricultural and fisheries policies and Africa, in Carbone, M. (ed)., The European Union in Africa: Incoherent Policies, Asymmetrical Partnership, Declining Relevance?, Manchester University Press, 2013

Matthews, A., The impact of WTO agricultural trade rules on food security and development: an examination of proposed additional flexibilities for developing countries, in MacMahon, J. and Desta, M. eds., Research Handbook on the WTO Agriculture Agreement: New and Emerging Issues in International Agricultural Trade Law, London, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012, pp. 104-132.

Matthews, A., The Agri-food Sector, in O'Hagan, J. and Newman, C., The Economy of Ireland: National and Sectoral Policy Issues, 11th edition, Dublin, Gill and Macmillan, 2011, pp. 295-323.

Boysen, O. and Matthews, A., 2011, 'Trade and Poverty Impacts for Uganda', in Morrissey, O. ed., 'Assessing Prospective Trade Policy: Methods Applied to EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements', London, Routledge, 2011, pp. 105-131.

Matthews A., 2011, Economic Partnership Agreements and Food Security, in Morrissey, O. ed., 'Assessing Prospective Trade Policy: Methods Applied to EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements', London, Routledge, 2011, pp. 203-222.

Matthews, A., 2010, How Might the EU's Common Agricultural Policy Affect Trade and Development After 2013? An Analysis of the European Commission's November 2010 Communication, Issue Paper No., 29, Geneva, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

Matthews, A., 2009, The EU's Common Agricultural Policy and food security in fragile African states, Box 8.6 in Giovanetti, G. ed, European Report on Development 2009, Florence, European University Institute, 2009, pp. 168-170.

Matthews, A., 2009. EPAs and the demise of the commodity protocols, in Faber, G. and Orbie, J. eds., Beyond Market Access for Economic Development: EU-Africa Relations in Transition, London, Routledge, pp.217-241.

Alan Matthews, Pierre Claquin and Jacob Opolot, 2009, Uganda, in Anderson, K. and Martin, W. (eds), Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Africa, Washington, D.C., World Bank, 2009, pp. 329-358.

Matthews, A., 2009, The future of the EU budget: Irish perspectives, in Callan T. ed., Budget Perspectives 2010, Research Series No 12, Dublin, Economic and Social Research Institute, 2009, pp. 54-75

Matthews, A., 2009, The EU's Common Agricultural Policy and food security in fragile African states, Box 8.6 in Giovanetti, G. ed, European Report on Development 2009, Florence, European University Institute, 2009, pp. 168-170.

Matthews, A., 2008, Agriculture and Rural, Conservation and Food Policies, in O'Hagan, J. and Newman, C. eds., The Economy of Ireland, Dublin, Gill and Macmillan, 10th edition, 2008, pp. 263-290.

Matthews, A., 2008, Agriculture after Cancún, in Griller, S. ed., At the Crossroads: The World Trading System and the Doha Round, Vienna, SpringerWienNewYork, 2008, pp. 315-337.

Marius Brülhart and Alan Matthews, 2007, EU trade policy, Chapter 24 in El-Agraa, A., ed., The European Union: Economics and Policies, 8th edition, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 473-493.

Matthews, A., 2007, The EU and the developing world, Chapter 25 in El-Agraa, Ali, ed., The European Union: Economics and Policies , 8th edition, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, pp. 494-515.

Alan Matthews and Jacques Gallezot, 2007. The role of EBA in the political economy of CAP reform, in: Gerrit Faber and Jan Orbie (eds), European Union Trade Politics and Development: 'Everything But Arms' Unravelled, London and New York, Routledge, pp. 157-179.

Matthews, A., 2007, Productivity in Irish Agriculture, Chapter 6 in Aylward, C. and O'Toole, R.(eds), Perspectives on Irish Productivity , Dublin, Forfás, 2007, pp. 116-129. [with Carol Newman and Fiona Thorne]

Matthews, A., 2007, Shallow versus deep Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) and the issue of differentiation in the WTO among groups of developing countries, in Morrison, J. and Sarris, A., eds., WTO Rules for Agriculture Compatible with Development , Rome , Food and Agriculture Organisation, 2007, pp. 79-100.

Matthews, A., 2006, International Commodity Agreements, in R. Robertson and J-A Scholte, (eds), Encyclopedia of Globalization, London, Routledge, 2006, vol 1, 175-177.

Matthews, A., 2006, More Differentiated Special Treatment in the Agriculture Agreement: Beyond Concept to Practice, in Novel, A.-S. and Paugam, J.-M. eds., Reviving the Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries in International Trade , Institut Francais des Relations Internationales, Paris, 2006, pp. 181-208.

Matthews, A., 2006, Policy Coherence for Development: Issues in Agriculture, in OECD, Trade, Agriculture and Development: Policies Working Together, Paris, OECD, 2006, pp. 39-54 [with Thomas Giblin].

Matthews, A., 2006, The Development Box in the WTO Agreement on Agriculture in Majda Bne Saad and Maura Leen eds., Trade, Aid and Development: Essays in Honour of Helen O'Neill , Dublin, University College Dublin Press, 2006, pp. 94 – 115.

Matthews, A., 2005, Special and differential treatment in the WTO Negotiations, in Rainelli, P. ed., Les Politiques Agricoles sont-elles Condamnées par la Mondialisation?, Paris, Institut français des relations internationales and Academia-Bruylant, 2005, pp. 269-304.

Matthews, A., 2005, The Impact of CAP Reform on Cotonou – the Specifics of CAP Reform [with C. Stevens] (Chapter 5) and 'Implications of EU Enlargement for ACP Agricultural Trade' (Chapter 6) in Stevens, C. (ed)., The Agricultural Dimension of Economic Partnership Agreements, FAO, Rome, 2005.

Matthews, A., , 2005, Agriculture, Rural Development and Food Safety, Chapter 9 in O'Hagan, J. and Newman, C., The Economy of Ireland: National & Sectoral Policy Issues, Ninth Edition, Dublin, Gill and Macmillan, 2005, pp. 215-242.

Agricultural tariff rate quotas to developing countries (with C. Laroche Dupraz), in Guha-Khasnobis, B. ed., The WTO, Developing Countries and the Doha Development Agenda, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 130-160.

External trade policy (with Marius Brulhart), in El-Agraa, A. ed., The European Union: Economics and Politics, Seventh Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004, pp. 450-470.

The EU and the developing world, in El-Agraa, A. ed., The European Union: Economics and Politics, Seventh Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004, pp. 471-493.

Agriculture, in Johnson, P. ed., Industries in Europe: Competition, Trends and Policy Issues, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2003, pp. 26-54.

European Union agri-environmental policy - issues and pitfalls (with Convery, F., Fry, J., OShea, S. and Pender, A.), in Clinch, P., Schlegelmilch, K., Sprenger, R. and Triebswetter, U. (eds)., Greening the Budget: Budgetary Policies for Environmental Improvement, London, Edward Elgar, 2001, pp. 248-274.

The Competitiveness of the Agriculture Sector, Discussion Paper No. 3, National Competitiveness Council, Dublin, Forfás, 17pp., 2000.

Agribusiness and economy wide effects of CAP reforms (with R. O'Toole), in Teagasc, Outlook 2000: Medium Term Analysis for the Agri-Food Sector, Dublin, Teagasc 2000, pp. 56-64.


Recent commissioned reports

Impact of EU's agricultural and fisheries policies on the migration of third country nationals to the EU, Paper commissioned by the European Policy Centre's Research Project 'Forced migration project: how can the EU play a greater and more coordinated role?', 2015.

The First CAP Reform under the Ordinary Legislative Procedure: A Political Economy Perspective, Brussels, European Parliament, Directorate-General for Internal Policies, 2014, 155pp, (Louise Knops and Jo Swinnen, with contributions from Alan Matthews, Alan Swinbank, Alessandro Olper, Attila Kovacs, Christilla Roederer-Rynning, Imre Ferto, Kaley Hart and Maria Garrone).

Evaluation of Preferential Agricultural Trade Regimes, in particular the Economic Partnership Agreements, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2014 [Kantor Management Consultants with contributions from Anania, G., Matthews, A., Olper, A., Psaltopoulos, D., Sarris, A. and Skuras, D.]

Schmitz, M., Matthews, A., Keudel, N., Schröder, S. and Hesse, J., 2011, Restricted availability of azole-based fungicides: impacts on EU farmers and crop agriculture, Institute for Agribusiness, Senckenbergstraße 3, 35390 Giessen.

Contributing author to the European Parliament Report The Single Payment Scheme after 2013: New Approach, New Targets ed. J.-C Bureau and H. Peter Witzke, 2010, pp. 173, IP/B/AGRI/IC/2009_038.

Alan Matthews (contributor), 2007, Reflection on the Possibilities for the Future Development of the CAP,. Study Final Report for the European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies of the Union, coordinated by Jean Christophe Bureau and Heinz Peter Witzke, IP/B/AGRI/FWC/2006-Lot 01-C01-SC1, Brussels.

Economic Consequences of the Doha Round for Ireland, Report commissioned by Forfás, September 2005.

Alan Matthews, Policy Coherence for Development: Issues for Agriculture, Paper prepared for the OECD Committee for Agriculture, Paris, OECD, 2004.

Alan Matthews, Implications of EU enlargement for ACP agricultural trade (with Christopher Stevens) and The Impact of CAP Reform on Cotonou – the Specifics of CAP Reform, Papers prepared for the Project “Strengthening the Capacity of ACP Secretariat Staff in Agricultural (including Fisheries) Trade Negotiations”, FAO Technical Cooperation Project, May 24-27, 2004.

Coherence between Ireland's Official Development Assistance and Agricultural Trade and Support Policies, Paper commissioned by the Advisory Board to Ireland Aid, October 2003.

A Review of Special and Differential Treatment Proposals in the WTO Agricultural Negotiations, Report prepared for the OECD Joint Working Party on Agriculture and Trade, Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, COM/AGR/TD/WP(2003)3, Paris, OECD, 2003, 41 pp.(classified)


Recent book reviews

Review of V. Eldon Ball, R. Fanfani and L. Guttierez (eds), The Economic Impact of Public Support to Agriculture: An International Perspective, European Review of Agricultural Economics 2012; doi: 10.1093/erae/jbs001.

Review of M. Ataman Aksoy and Bernard M. Hoekman (eds), Food Prices and Rural Poverty, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/World Bank, Washington, DC, 2010, in European Review of Agricultural Economics 38, 4, Advance publication 11 Sept 2011

Review of Carsten Daugbjerg and Alan Swinbank, Ideas, Institutions, and Trade: The WTO and the Curious Role of EU Farm Policy in Trade Liberalisation, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009, in Eurochoices, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2010, 48.

Understanding reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, 1, 2010, 137-149 (Review of Swinnen, J. ed., The Perfect Storm: The Political Economy of the Fischler Reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy, Brussels, Centre for European Policy Studies, 2008).

Review of Yves Bourdet, Joakim Gullstrand and Karin Olofsdotter (eds), The European Union and Developing Countries: Trade, Aid and Growth in an Integrating World, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham UK, 2007. in European Review of Agricultural Economics, 36, 1, 2009, 123-126.

Review of Moyer, W. and Josling T., 2002, Agricultural Policy Reform: Politics and Process in the EU and US in the 1990s. In Journal of Agricultural Economics, 57, 1, 2006, 146-148.

Review of The CAP and the Regions: The Territorial Impact of the Common Agricultural Policy , by Shucksmith, M., Thomson, K. and Roberts, D., Eurochoices , 5, (1), 2006, p 44-46.

Review of James D. Gaisford and William A. Kerr, Economic Analysis for International Trade Negotiations: The WTO and Agricultural Trade. In Development Policy Review, Vol. 20, 2002, pp. 677-703.

Reviews of Mary E. Daly, The First Department: A History of the Department of Agriculture, Dublin , Institute of Public Administration, 2002, and Paul Rowse, Ireland's Own Soil: Government and Agriculture in Ireland, 1945 to 1965, Dublin, Irish Farmers' Journal, 2000, in Irish Economic and Social History, Volume 30, 2003, pp. 182-184.

Review of McMahon, J. (ed.), Trade & Agriculture: Negotiating a New Agreement?, London, Cameron May, 2001, in Development Policy Review 20 (2), 2002, 209-240.



Recent working papers

Matthews, A., 2015, Impact of EU’s agricultural and fisheries policies on the migration of third country nationals to the EU, Trinity Economic Papers No. 0715, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin.

Matthew, A., 2015, Will Economic Partnership Agreements increase poverty? The case of Uganda, Trinity Economic Papers No. 0315, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin [with O.Boysen]

Matthews, A., 2015, Implications of British exit from the EU for the Irish agri-food sector, Trinity Economic Papers Working Paper No 0215, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin.

Brooks, J. and Matthews, A., 2015, Trade Dimensions of Food Security, OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers, No. 77, OECD Publishing.

Matthews, A., 2014, An updated look at the impact of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy on developing countries, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 454, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

Matthews, A., 2014, The impact of the simultaneous MFF negotiations on the European Parliament's influence on the 2013 CAP reform, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 453, Dublin.

Doha Negotiations on Agriculture and Future of the WTO Multilateral Trade System, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 436, 2013.

The impact of WTO agricultural trade rules on food security and development: an examination of proposed additional flexibilities for developing countries, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 371, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin, August 2011.

Unfulfilled expectations? The EU's agricultural and fisheries policies and Africa, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 355, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin, 2011.

African agrifood exports and the EU market: a decade of change, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 354, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin, 2011.[with Wustmann, P.]

Trade and development aspects of the Commission's November 2010 Communication on the CAP after 2013
IIIS Discussion Paper No. 347, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 2010.

Policy Coherence for Development Five Challenges, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 335, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 2010 [with Frank Barry andMichael King].

Perspectives on addressing market instability and income risk for farmers, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 324, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 2010.

Economic Partnership Agreements and Food Security, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 319, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 2009

The Economic Partnership Agreement between Uganda and the EU: Trade and Poverty, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 307, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 2009. [with Ole Boysen]

Poverty Impacts of an Economic Partnership Agreement between Uganda and the EU, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 261, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 2008. [with Ole Boysen]

EPAs and the Demise of the Commodity Protocols, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 258, Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, 2008.

Alan Matthews, Pierre Claquin and Jacob Opolot, 2007, Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in Uganda, Agricultural Distortions Working Paper No. 51, Washington, D.C., World Bank.

Alan Matthews, The Development Interest in Reform of the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy, GMF Paper series, Washington, D.C., German Marshall fund, 2007.

Alan Matthews, Carol Newman and Fiona Thorne, 2006, Productivity in Irish Agriculture, Rural Economy Research Centre Working Paper 06-WP-RE-14 , Teagasc.

Alan Matthews, Hannan Chaplin, Thomas Giblin and Marian Mraz, 2006, Strengthening Policy Coherence for Development in Agricultural Policy: Policy Recommendations to Irish Aid, IIIS Discussion paper No. 188, Trinity College Dublin.

Alan Matthews and Keith Walsh, 2006, The Doha Development Agenda: Mixed Prospects for Developing Countries, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 157, Trinity College Dublin.

Matthews, A. and Gallezot, J., 2006, The role of EBA in the political economy of CAP reform, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 137, Trinity College Dublin.

Policy Coherence, Agriculture and Development [with Tom Giblin], IIIS Discussion Paper No. 112, 2006.

More Differentiated Special Treatment in the Agriculture Agreement: Beyond Concept to Practice, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 108, 2006.

The Economic Consequences of the Doha Round for Ireland [with K. Walsh], IIIS Discussion Paper No. 107, 2005.

Bureau, J.C., Jean, S. and Matthews, A., Concessions and Exemptions for Developing Countries in the Agricultural Negotiations: the Role of Special and Differential Treatment, TradeAg Working Paper 05/06, 2005.

Coping with the Fall-out for Preference-Receiving Countries from EU Sugar Reform (with Hannah Chaplin), IIIS Discussion Paper No. 100, 2005.

Walsh, K., Brockmeier, M. and Matthews, A., Implications of Domestic Support Disciplines for Further Agricultural Trade Liberalization, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 99, 2005.

EU Agricultural Policy: What Developing Countries Need to Know (with Jean Christophe Bureau), IIIS Discussion Paper No. 91, 2005.

Reform of the EU Sugar Regime, Impacts on Sugar Production in Ireland (with Hannah Chaplin), IIIS Discussion Paper No. 90, 2005.

Global and EU Agricultural Trade Reform: What is in it for Tanzania, Uganda and Sub-Saharan Africa?, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 74, June 2005 [with T. Giblin].

The Consequences of Agricultural Trade Liberalization for Developing Countries: Genuine Benefits and False Hopes, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 73, April 2005 [with J. C. Bureau and Sébastien Jean].

Policy Coherence for Development: Issues in Agriculture: An Overview Paper, IIIS Discussion Paper No. 63, February 2005.

Special and Differential Treatment in the WTO Agricultural Negotiations, IIIS Discussion Paper No.61, February 2005.

Sustainable Development Research in Agriculture: Gaps and Opportunities for Ireland, Trinity Economic Paper No. 13, 2003.

Agriculture After Cancun, Trinity Economic Paper No. 17, 2003.

The IMAGE CGE model: understanding the model structure, code and solution methods, Trinity Economic Papers, No. 9, 2002.

Impact of the 2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak on the Irish economy (with Ronnie O'Toole and M. Mulvey), Trinity Economic Papers, No. 8, 2002.

The IMAGE CGE model: Constructing the base 1993 database (with R. O'Toole), Trinity Economic Papers, No. 7, 2002.

Determinants of private afforestation in the Republic of Ireland (with S. McCarthy and B. Riordan), Trinity Economic Papers, No. 3, 2002.

The position of the developing countries in the WTO negotiations on agricultural trade liberalisation, Trinity Economic Papers, No. 3, 2001.

Utilising agricultural tariff rate quotas as a development instrument (with C. Laroche-Dupraz), Trinity Economic Papers, No. 21, 2001.

The possible impact of China's WTO membership on the WTO agricultural negotiations, Trinity Economic Papers, No. 15, 2001.

Has agricultural policy responded to the Rio challenge?, Trinity Economic Papers, No. 14, 2001.

How important is agriculture and the agri-food sector in Ireland?, Trinity Economic Papers, No 18, 2001.

A double-hurdle model of Irish household expenditure on prepared foods (with C. Newman and M. Henchion), Trinity Economic Papers, No. 19, 2001.

The WTO agricultural trade negotiations after Seattle, Trinity Economic Papers, No. 4, 2000.


Recent conference papers

Agricultural Policy Post‐Brexit: UK and   Perspectives, Contribution to the Session “International Affairs, Agriculture, and Article 50: Brexit’s Effects on the UK, the EU, and the World”, International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC) Annual Meeting, December 11‐13, 2016, Scottsdale, AZ.

Is agriculture off the hook in the EU’s 2030 climate policy?, Presentation to TradeM International Workshop 2016 “Assessing climate change adaptation and mitigation options: The regional and policy dimension”, Trondheim, Norway, 9-12 October 2016.

'TTIP, agrifood trade and regulatory coherence', Presentation to GMCC-15, 7th International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains, Amsterdam,November 17-20, 2015.

What outcome to expect on Geographical Indications in the TTIP free trade agreement negotiations with the United States? Paper presented to the 145th EAAE Seminar Intellectual Property Rights for Geographical Indications: What is at Stake in the TTIP?, Parma, 14-15 April 2015.

Trade rules, food security and the multilateral trade negotiations, Presidential Address to the 14th Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 26-29 August, 2014.

An EU perspective on the role of food and agriculture in the US-EU TTIP negotiations, Presentation to the Session “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Challenges and Opportunities”, IAMO Forum “The Rise of the 'Emerging Economies': Towards Functioning Agricultural Markets and Trade Relationships”, 25-27 June 2014, Halle (Saale), Germany.

The CAP and development (with O. Boysen), Presentation at the International Scientific Days 2014, 'Improving Performance of Agriculture and the Economy: Challenges for Management and Policy”, May 21 – 23, 2014, Hotel Permon, High Tatras, Slovak Republic.

Food security and domestic support disciplines post-Bali, Contribution to the Symposium 'Trade and food security: When might developing countries need recourse to trade policy instruments?' 88th Annual Conference 2014 of the UK Agricultural Economics Society, Paris, 10-11 April, 2014.

The CAP and development, Presentation to the 17th Annual Irish European Law Forum - The CAP in 2020: The Future of the Policy? UCD Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, 13 - 14th March 2014.

CAP 2014 and the budgetary framework, Presentation to Teagasc/AESI conference CAP 2014: Impetus, Impact and Implementation, Dublin, 7 March 2014

GMO regulation in Europe : a policy coherence for development issue, Presentation to the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin, 7 November 2013.

Doha Negotiations on Agriculture and Future of the WTO Multilateral Trade System, Paper to 135th EAAE Seminar, Belgrade 28-30 August 2013.

Food security as a Driver of Integration in Europe, Paper presented to the conference 'Drivers of Regionalism and Integration in Europe and Asia: Comparative Perspectives', Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin, 10-12 July, 2013.

Miller, C., Donnellan, T., Matthews, A., Hanrahan K. and O'Donoghue, C., The policy impacts of Food Harvest 2020 and GHG emissions reduction on households in Ireland, Paper to the 133rd EAAE Seminar, Chania, Greece, 14-16 June 2013.

How co-decision is affecting the outcome of the CAP negotiations, Presentation to the AIEAA, 2nd Annual Conference June 6‐7 2013, Parma.

The continuing relevance of agricultural economics, Presentation to the 5th EAAE PhD Workshop, Leuven, Thursday, May 30, 2013.

Greening agricultural payments in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, Contributed Paper prepared for presentation at the 87th Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, 8 - 10 April 2013.

Trade Agreements, WTO rules and food security, International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, New Rules of Trade? San Diego, California, 9 December 2012.

Global food security and the challenge for agricultural research, Presentation to conference 'Innovation and competitiveness of the agrarian sector of the EU, Prague, Czech Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, 17 September 2012.

Trade and food security, Paper to the 52nd conference of the German Agricultural Economics Association (GIWISOLA), ' Challenges of Global Change for Agricultural Development and World Food Security', University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, 26-28 September 2012.

The influence of decision-making processes on the CAP2020 negotiations, Presentation to the Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland, Dublin, 18 Oct 2012.

The CAP post‐2013: implications for trade, development and food security, Presentation to the Symposium 'The European Union's Common Agricultural Policy after 2013: what is happening, what is likely to happen, and why?', IAAE 28th International Conference of Agricultural Economists, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, August 20, 2012

Greening the CAP: the way forward, Paper prepared for the 126th EAAE seminar 'New challenges for EU agricultural sector and rural areas: which role for public policy', Capri, Italy, June 27-29 2012

The next CAP reform post-2013 - implications for Ireland, Paper to the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Dublin, November 2011.

Maas, S. and Matthews, A., Government responses to the world food crisis 2007-08: a political economy perspective, Contributed Paper to the 2011 Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists, Zurich, 30 August – 2 September 2011.

'Economic Partnership Agreements and EU agricultural trade', Presentation to the conference Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs): New developments and expectations, 24 June 2011, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK organised by the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS), School of Economics, University of Kent, and the UK Agricultural Economics Society (AES).

'Finding your feet as an agricultural economics professional', Presentation to the EAAE PhD Workshop, Nitra, 27-29 April.

'The CAP and the EU budget: concluding reflections', Summing up of the Agriregionieuropa Conference “The CAP and the EU Budget”, 16 February 2011, Ancona, Italy.

'EU agricultural policy and developing countries: what do we know?', IIIS Public Lecture, Trinity College, 5 May 2010.

'Exploring Georgia's agricultural trade opportunities', Presentation to a World Bank Workshop, Ministry of Agriculture, Georgia, March 5, 2010.

'The impact of the economic crisis on commodity markets', Presentation to the Joint Research Centre European Commission Workshop “Commodity Market Development in Europe – Outlook”, Brussels, 10 November 2009.

'Price transparency in the liquid milk marketing chain', Presentation to the Teagasc Liquid Milk Conference, Naas, 4 November 2009.

'Recovering from Crisis : The Role of the Agri-Food Sector', Presentation to the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland, 29 October 2009.

'Agricultural Policy, Food Prices and Poverty', Presentation to the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, 23 September 2009.

'Lessons from the world food crisis', Paper presented to the Development Studies Assocation Annual Conference, University of Ulster, Coleraine, 2-4 September 2009 [with Sarah Maas].

'Assessment Methodology for Policy Coherence for Development', Presentation to the Meeting of the National Focal Points for Policy Coherence for Development “Looking for Results – Coherent Policies for Development”, OECD, 8 June 2009.

' Food security – a policy for Europe', Presentation to an International Conference “The Cap and the EU Budget Review – Visions For The Future”, Prague, 11 December 2008.

'OECD Farm Policies and Impact on Developing Countries – A Comparative Approach', Presentation to the FAO Expert Workshop 'Approaches for Providing Non-Distortionary Support to Farmers', Rome, 1 December 2008.

European Rural Development Policy – Implications for Agri-Environment Schemes, Paper to the National REPS Conference 2008, Tullamore, 6 November 2008.[presentation]

'Food Prices, Agricultural Development and Poverty', Presentation to the Conference “The immoral biofuel?”, Royal Swedish Academy for Agriculture and Forestry, Stockholm, 23 October 2008.

Changing rurality, what new policy requirements?, Presentation to the Workshop ‘The diversity of rural areas: harnessing the development potential', Europe's Rural Areas in Action: Facing the Challenges of Tomorrow, 3 rd European Rural Development Conference, Limassol , Cyprus 16-17 October 2008.

Sinead Kelleher and Alan Matthews, Implications of EPAs for Trade and Revenue Effects in Five African Countries, Paper presented at the Organised Session “Economic Partnership Agreements: Implications for Africa” 12th EAAE Congress, Ghent 26-29 August 2008.

Modelling dairy trade liberalisation with explicit account of tariff rate quotas, Paper to the 107th EAAE Seminar, 31 January 2008, Seville, Spain.[with Marian Mraz]

Agricultural tariff rate quotas in the EU: Do developing countries enjoy quota rent?, Paper presented at the 106th European Association of Agricultural Economists' Seminar, Montpellier, 25-27 October 2007 [with Cathie Laroche-Dupraz].

Improving Policy Coherence between Agricultural and Development Policies, Paper presented to the 16th International Farm Management Conference, Cork, Ireland, 15-20 July 2007.

Good Governance in the Agri-Food Sector of Industrialised Countries, Paper prepared for the 46th Annual Meeting of the German Association of Agricultural Economists (GIWISOLA), Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, 4-6 October 2006.

Decoupling and the Green Box: International Dimensions of the Reinstrumentation of Agricultural Support, Paper presented to the 93rd EAAE seminar, Impacts of Decoupling and Cross Compliance on Agriculture in the Enlarged EU, Prague, 22-23 September 2006.

Eliminating Incoherencies between Trade and Development Policies – What Kind of Reforms are Needed for Developing Countries to Benefit from Further Trade Liberalisation?, Paper prepared for the second high-level workshop “Promoting Policy Coherence for Development” organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Government of the Netherlands, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; in cooperation with the Kenyan Ministry of Trade and Industry, Geneva, September 12, 2006.

Coherence between development cooperation and agricultural trade policy, Paper to the IIIS/ABIA Conference “Ireland and global development: strengthening financial, trade and health system”, Trinity College Dublin, 5-6th July 2006.

General trade agreements, Presentation to the ENARPRI Final Conference, “Trade Agreements and EU Agriculture”, Brussels, 8 June 2006.

Improving coherence between Irish trade and development policy from an African perspective, Paper presented at the Symposium on Ireland's Policy to Africa: Trade and Aid, Social and Statistical Inquiry Society of Ireland, 6 April 2006.

Shallow versus deep Special and Differential Treatment (SDT) and the issue of differentiation in the WTO among groups of developing countries, Paper prepared for the FAO Workshop “WTO Rules Compatible with Development”, Rome 2-3 February 2006.

The Impact of EU Agricultural Policy Reform on Africa [with Hannah Chaplin, Thomas Giblin and Marian Mraz], Paper to the 6th Annual Conference, African Studies Association of Ireland, 2-3 December 2005, University College Dublin.

Policy Coherence for Development: Issues in Agriculture [with Thomas Giblin], Global Forum on Agriculture: Policy Coherence for Development, 30 November – 1 December 2005, OECD, Paris.
(powerpoint presentation)

More Differentiated Special Treatment in the Agriculture Agreement: moving beyond concept to practice, Paper to the IFRI/AFD Trade and Development Conference, Paris, 28 October 2005.

Agricultural Trade Liberalisation: Assessing the Consequences for Developing Countries (with J.C. Bureau and S. Jean), Paper presented to the XIth Congress of the European Agricultural Economics Association, Copenhagen, August 2005.

Developing countries in the WTO agricultural negotiations, Invited presentation at the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium Meeting, Seville, Spain, 29-21 June, 2005.

Implications of Domestic Support Disciplines for Further Agricultural Trade Liberalisation [K. Walsh, M. Brockmeier and A. Matthews], Paper to the 8th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Luebeck, Germany, June 2005.

Agricultural Trade Liberalisation and Poverty, Paper to the 8th Global Economic Analysis Conference, Lübeck, Germany, 9-11 June, 2005 [with M. Mraz].

A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis Of The Consequences Of Further Trade Liberalisation For Ireland [K. Walsh and A. Matthews], Paper to the Irish Economic Association Annual Conference, May 2005.

Economics and WTO Litigation: The Canadian Wheat Board Panel, Paper presented at the Conference The Use of Economics in Trade Negotiations and Disputes, 2004 International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium Winter Meetings, December 5 - 7, 2004, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Development Box in the WTO Agreement on Agriculture, Paper to the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris, October 2004.

Policy Coherence for Development: Issues in Agriculture, Promoting Policy Coherence For Development, A High-Level Workshop Sponsored By The German Marshall Fund Of The United States And The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, Washington, D.C., 1 October 2004.

Productivity growth in Irish cattle systems, 1984-2000 (with C. Newman), Paper presented to the Agricultural Research Forum 2004, Tullamore, 2 March 2004.

Agriculture after Cancun, Paper presented to the conference 'The Future of the World Trading System after the Failure at Cancun, organised by the Austrian European Community Studies Association, Vienna, 20 and 21 November, 2003.

Coherence between Ireland's Official Development Assistance and Agricultural Trade and Support Policies, Paper delivered to the Development Forum, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, 17 October 2003.

The Productivity Performance of Irish Dairy Farms: A Multiple Output Distance Function Appraoch, Paper read to the 8th European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Oviedo, Spain, September 2003 [with C. Newman].

The IMAGE model: Decision-making Tool for the Food Industry (with R. O'Toole and J. Jensen), Paper to a conference on the IMAGE model, Dublin, 5 September 2003.

The Productivity Performance of Irish Agriculture 1984-2000: A System by System Approach, Paper read to the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland, May 2003 [with C. Newman]

Impact of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Outbreak on the Irish Economy, Paper read to the Agricultural Economics Society Conference, Aberystwyth, 2002 [with O'Toole, R.. and Mulvey, M.]

Productivity Growth of Irish Dairy and Cattle Farms – 1984-1998, Paper read to the Agricultural Economics Society Conference, Aberystwyth, 2002 [with Newman, C.and O'Neill, S.]

How important is agriculture and the agri-food sector in Ireland? Dublin Economics Workshop Policy Conference, Kenmare, October 2001.

Irish agriculture – Painting the economic framework, Agricultural Science Association Annual Conference, Limerick, 15 September 2000.

Developing countries and Multilateral Trade Negotiations on Agriculture, Development Studies Association conference, University of Nottingham, April 2000.

Multiple job holding – explaining participation in off-farm employment labour demand and labour supply of Irish farm households (with M. Keeney), UK Agricultural Economics Society, April 2000.

Measuring the rate of return to agricultural research and extension using a panel of Irish dairy farms (with S. O'Neill), Paper read to the Irish Economics Association Conference, March 2000.

Direct payments and resource allocation in Irish farming (with M. Keeney), Irish Economics Association conference, March 2000.


The future of direct payments”, Presentation to the European Parliament, Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development, 8 November 2016.

The Common Agricultural Policy post-2020”, Contribution to the Public Hearing on The Common Agricultural Policy post-2020 jointly organised by the European Economic and Social Committee, Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment and The Parliament of Finland Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Helsinki, 26 October 2016

'Will there by a Mid-Term Review in 2017? And, if so, what should it do?',Presentation to a worshop A CAP Reform in 2017?, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, 13 November 2015.

'Could European agricultural policy do more to promote biodiversity?', Presentation to the Teagasc Biodiversity Conference Farmland Conservation with 2020 Vision, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, 21st & 22nd October 2015.

'What future for direct payments after 2020?, Presentation to Roundtable on the CAP, European Parliament, 16 September 2015.

Incentivising climate-smart agriculture on Irish farms, Presentation to the Institute for International and European Affairs, Dublin, 5 June 2015

Incentivising the management of soil carbon, Presentation to the European Conference 'Green Carbon: Making Sustainable Agriculture Real', Brussels, 1-3 April, 2014

Matthews, A., 2013, Promoting Family Farming: The European Union, Great Insights 3, 1, Dec 2013/Jan 2014, pp. 26-28.

'How should European agricultural policy react to the global food challenge?', Ljubljana, 26 November 2013.

'CAP Greening and future directions for Ireland's RDP', Presentation to Teagasc National AgriEnvironment Conference, Tullamore Court Hotel,7 November 2013.

'What does Common Agricultural Policy reform mean for Africa, Bridges Africa Review Vol 2, No. 7, 10 October 2013.

'The CAP post 2013'. Presentation to the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural Economics Research, 30 Sept 2013.

'Greening' farm policy: which lessons can be drawn from the EU's experience?, Presentation to FAO-ICTSD Dialogue, Farm policy reforms and the future of the multilateral trading system', Geneva, 24 Sept 2013.

Reflections on The CAP post-2013 and Ireland, Presentation to the Fianna Fail Agricultural Conference, Dublin, 3 March 2013.

Greening the CAP, Presentation to the Irish Institute for International and European Affairs, 20 June 2012

Danish EU Presidency, The CAP and development, Presentation to interparliamentary meeting of chairpersons of national parliaments' agricultural and environment committees, Copenhagen, 7-8 June 2012

Prospects for the agricultural sector, eolas magazine, April 2012, p. 44-45.

'The CAP at Fifty', Keynote address to European Economic and Social Committee conference 'The Common Agricultural Policy – 50 years… and a lifetime ahead!', 20 March 2012.

The EU Commission's proposals for the CAP post-2013: implications for trade and development, Presentation to a seminar dialogue “Reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy: How Legislative Proposals Could Affect Trade and Development” organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Geneva, 16 November 2011.

The CAP, development and food security, UMR SMART seminar presentation, Rennes, 8 November 2011.

Debating the Future of European Agriculture and Rural Development Policy, Presentation to the 2011 Agricultural Policy Form Organised by the Government of Croatia Split, 12-15 October 2011.

Rural development towards 2020: the EU perspective, Presentation to the National Rural Development Conference, Athlone, 19 October 2011.

Examining The Irish Agri-Food Industry In An International Perspective: Staying Competitive In A Globalising World, Presentation to the Inaugural National Food and Agribusiness Conference 2011, June 16, 2011 Dublin

How might reform of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy affect trade and development?, Presentation to a Geneva Trade Dialogue with WTO delegates organised by the International Centre for Sustainable Trade and Development, Geneva, 24 November 2010.

Sustainable Development, Trade Liberalisation And Food Security, Presentation to the Afri Hedge School, Dublin, 23 October 2010.

Milllennium Development Goals – the example of food security within the EU, Presentation to the Rosa-Luxembourg-Foundation, Bonn, 7 July 2010.

'The economic impact of the CAP', Presentation at a Policy Dialogue organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and Birdlife International 'Towards an EU agricultural trade policy that delivers on public policy objectives?', Brussels, 29 April 2010.

'Impact of the CAP on developing countries', Presentation at a colloquium 'The Impact of the Common Agriculture Policy on Development' organised by the UN Millennium Campaign, Brussels, 29 April 2010.

'Price transparency in the liquid milk marketing chain', Presentation to the Teagasc Liquid Milk Conference, Naas, 4 November 2009.

Food Prices, Agricultural Development and Poverty, Presentation to the Conference “The immoral biofuel?”, Royal Swedish Academy for Agriculture and Forestry, Stockholm, 23 October 2008.

Changing rurality, what new policy requirements?, Presentation to the Workshop 'The diversity of rural areas: harnessing the development potential', Europe's Rural Areas in Action: Facing the Challenges of Tomorrow, 3rd European Rural Development Conference, Limassol , Cyprus 16-17 October 2008.

Food prices and global food security, Presentation to Forfás Lunchtime Seminar, Dublin, 16 September 2008.

Food price increases: causes and consequences, Presentation to the Institute for International and European Affairs Economists' Group, Dublin, 15 July 2008.

Ireland's response to the PCD challenge, Presentation to IIIS Conference 'Strengthening Institutions for Development and Poverty Reduction', Dublin, 4 July 2008.

'Socio-economic sustainability: high labour input, limited returns?, Presentation to the BurrenLIFE conference 'Farming for Conservation: Supporting the Future', Ennistymon, Co. Clare, 25 February 2008.

'The Development Interest in CAP Reform', Presentation at the Centre for International Relations, Warsaw, Poland organised by the German Marshall Fund, 21 February 2008.

'Are rising world food prices a threat to the MDG target of halving poverty by 2015?', Millennium Development Goal lecture series, 13 February 2008, Trinity College Dublin.

'Classification and quantification of the key stakeholders', Presentation to Joint UCD/DAFF/Teagasc initiative “Driving a sustainable agri-food sector: the new roadmap for education, research and innovation”, Dublin, 29 November 2007

Future agricultural policy in Europe, Remarks to the National Forum on Europe, Dublin, 20 September 2007 (podcast)

Irish Agriculture and the EU, Irish Farmers' Monthly, December 2006

Implications of Hong Kong meeting for Irish agriculture, Irish Examiner, 20 December 2005

Ireland should support all trade, Sunday Business Post, 11 December 2005

Which way forward for Irish farming? Irish Examiner, 26 September 2005

CAP/WTO Success: A Global Perspective, Presentation to the Agricultural Science Association Annual Conference, Tullow, 23 September 2005.

EU turns Irish sugar story sour, Sunday Business Post, 26 June 2005

The future environment and opportunities for Irish agriculture, Presentation to the Agricultural Consultants Association of Ireland Annual General Meeting, Carrick on Shannon, 11 March 2005

Irish sugar is not an economic activity, Irish Times, 26 January 2005 (newspaper version requires access to premium content)

Promoting a multifunctional agriculture, The Lonely Planet, December 2004.

Success in Doha Round would benefit Irish economy, Irish Times 26 May 2004.

On and Off Farm Diversification: The Policy Framework, Paper presented to Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Policy Workshop on Rural Development, Curragh, 25 February 2004.

Poor productivity in cattle sector, Irish Times 26 January 2004

Too much in subsidies and too little innovation leave farmers in trouble, Irish Times, 7 January 2003

Farmers must look to consumers for future, Sunday Business Post, 19 January 2003

Farmers benefited from foot and mouth, Irish Times, 30 Sept 2002.

CAP changes safeguard current incomes, Irish Times 11 July 2002.

Future role of REPS under a changing CAP, Paper to the Teagasc Annual REPS Conference, Tullamore, 2002.

Irish Agriculture under Free Trade - A Promising Future? Paper presented to the Comhlamh Conference “Farming without Subsidies? The Future of World Farming” , Cork, 26 April 2002

Irish agriculture – Painting the economic framework, Presentation to the Agricultural Science Association Annual Conference, Limerick, 15 September 2000.





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