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College Photo Name Matthews, Alan
Main Department Economics
College Title Fellow Emeritus
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Alan Matthews is Professor of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His major research interests are agricultural policy analysis, the impact of international trade on developing countries, and computable general equilibrium analysis of trade and agricultural policy reforms. He has previously worked as a consultant to the OECD, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the UN Industrial Development Organisation, and has been a panel member in a number of WTO Dispute Settlement procedures.
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Executive Committee Member, European Association of Agricultural Economics. 1993 2002
Council Member and former President, Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland. 1991 Present
Member, Research Advisory Group, Trocaire (the Irish Catholic Agency for World Development). Chairman, 1986-92. 1984 2010
Executive Council Member, UK Agricultural Economics Society 2002 2005
President, European Association of Agricultural Economists 2011 2014
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Awarded Jean Monnet Chair in European Agricultural Policy by the European Commission 1999
Description of Research Interests
Research interests include the behaviour of the Irish farm and food system, agricultural policy modelling, the relationships between trade, aid and food security in developing countries, and WTO trade negotiations.
Research Interests
Agricultural Policy Agricultural policy analysis Common Agricultural Policy External trade policy of EU
Trade Policy WTO trade negotiations World Trade Organisation
Research Projects
Project title Impact of EU agricultural policy on poverty in Africa
Summary This project is part of AgFoodTrade, an EU Seventh Framework Research Project. It uses an applied general equilibrium model to examine the household-level impacts of EU agricultural trade policy in two African case study countries.
Funding Agency EU Seventh Framework Programme
Programme AgFoodTrade
Type of Project
Date from 2008
Date to 2010
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Unfulfilled expectations? The EU's agricultural and fisheries policies and Africa in, editor(s)Carbone, M. , The European Union in Africa: Incoherent Policies, Asymmetrical Partnership, Declining Relevance?, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2013, pp189 - 208, [Alan Matthews]
Alan Matthews, Greening agricultural payments in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, BAE Bio-based and Applied Economics, 2, (1), 2013, p1 - 27
Newman, C., Henchion M. and A. Matthews, Infrequency of purchase and double-hurdle models of Irish households’ meat expenditure, European Review of Agricultural Economics, 28, 2002, p393 - 419
Matthews, A., Growth and Employment Considerations in the Food vs Export Crops Debate , IDS Bulletin Institute of Development Studies, 19, 1988, p5 - 9
Non Peer Reviewed
A. Matthews, Agriculture Policy in Western Europe and the United States, 2000, -
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