Abteilung Marktlehre

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. U. Koester





EG, Raum 11

+49 (0)431 880 4436



Prof. Koester studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of Gießen and at the University of Hohenheim, Economics at the University of Saarbrücken and at the University of Göttingen. He received his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Göttingen in 1968, a doctorate honoris causa (Dr. agr. h. c.) from the University of Giessen in 2003 and two further doctorates honoris causa from the University of Hohenheim and the Mongolian State University of Agriculture, both in 2012. Prof. Koester was a postdoctoral fellow in the Economics Department of the University of California, Berkeley . Before he joined the faculty in Kiel in 1978, he had held a professorship in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Göttingen from 1971 on. Ulrich Koester has taught and researched as a visiting professor for one semester at the following universities: the Technical University of Berlin; the Department of Economics of the State University of New York, Buffalo; the Institute for Development Studies, Nairobi, Kenya; the Mongolian State University of Agriculture in Ulaan Batar, Mongolia; the University of Warmia and Masuria, Olsztyn/Poland; Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary; Agricultural University, Prague, Czech Republic; University Babeş-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; the University of Helsinki. For 10 years, Prof. Koester used to be a visiting research fellow for 3–5 months annually at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, DC. In 1995, he was a visiting fellow at the World Bank, Washington, DC, and in 2000 at FAO, Rome. At the Institute of Agricultural Economics in Kiel, he held the Professorship of Agricultural Market Analysis and Market Policy up to 2003; he continues to teach and research as an Emeritus. He served as Dean for four years (1989-1991 and again 1998-2000) at the Faculty for Agricultural and Food Sciences in Kiel. Prof. Koester’s research has been documented in many books and articles (see below) His interest in policy research resulted in his membership of the Scientific Advisory Council to the German Minister for Agriculture and Food for more than 20 years and in advisory service for the EU, OECD; FAO, and World Bank. He also serves as a member of the editorial board of several professional journals and as co-editor of EuroChoices and as a member of the Scientific Council of IAMO (Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Mittel- und Osteuropa), Halle. He is also an Honory Member of the German Association of Agricultural Economists (Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Socialwissenschaften des Landbaus), a member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists and a member of the Economic Committee of the German Association of Economists (Verein für Socialpolitik). Many of his former students hold professorships at German and foreign universities.


Main research areas

Prof. Koester's research interests are in agricultural market analysis, agricultural market policy, international trade in agricultural commodities and the transition of Eastern European and Central Asian economies. At IFPRI, he has conducted research on regional cooperation to improve food security as well as on agricultural policy reforms and regional market integration in Southern and Eastern African countries. At the University of Kiel, Department of Agricultural Economics, Prof. Koester teaches various courses in agricultural market analysis, agricultural market policy and international trade. In addition he is one of the founders of the interdisciplinary graduate college "Integrative valuation of the environment (Integrative Umweltbewertung)" which is founded by the Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft and provides scholarships for PhD students from economic and social science, natural science and jurisprudence.


Professional activities

Professor Ulrich Koester has been Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University in Kiel from 1978 to 2003; he continues to teach and research as an Emeritus. He has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1989 to 1991 and from 1998 to 2000. Previously he has been teaching and pursuing research at the University of Göttingen, the University of Nairobi, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. Professor Koester's expertise has gained him a membership in the scientific advisory board of the German Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Agriculture and Food from 1981 to 2001. He has served as an adviser to the EU Commission, the European Parliament, the European Court of Auditors, the World Bank and various other organisations.


Selected publications

Among Prof. Koester's monographs are:

  1. Foundations of Agricultural Market Analysis and Agricultural Policy. Vahlen-Verlag, München 2016
  2. Grundzüge der landwirtschaftlichen Marktlehre 5. erweiterte Auflage. Vahlen-Verlag, München 2016
  3. Осиовы анализа аграрного рынка
    (Translation from German into Russian: „Grundzüge der landwirtschaftlichen Marktlehre“, 2010)
  4. Grundzüge der landwirtschaftlichen Marktlehre. 4. erweiterte Auflage. Vahlen Verlag, München  2010.
  5. Trgovina poljprivredno-prehrambenim proizvodima – principi i politika-.
    Univerzitet u Beogradu Poljoprivredni fakultet. Beograd 2009. With V. Zaric.
  6. Grundzüge der landwirtschaftlichen Marktlehre. 3. erweiterte Auflage. Vahlen-Verlag, München 2005.
  7. Evaluation of the Work on Agricultural Sector Modelling in EUROSTAT. Forschungsbericht im Auftrag des Statistischen Amtes der Europäischen Gemeinschaft. Brüssel 2002. With B. Brümmer, S. von Cramon-Taubadel and J. Meyer.
  8. Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Unternehmertum in der Land- und Ernährungs­wirtschaft. (Schriften der Ge­sell­schaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozial­wis­senschaf­ten des Landbaues e.V., Nr. 35), Land­wirt­schaftsverlag, Mün­ster-Hiltrup 2000. Edts. With  R. von Alvensleben and C. Langbehn.
  9. The EU Malt Export Policy: Discretionary and Discriminating. Forum No. 25, Wissenschaftsverlag Vauk, Kiel 2000. With J. P. Loy and B. Steiner.
  10. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (ed.), Evaluation of the Agricultural Economics. Research Institute of Finland (MTTL) – Report of the international evaluation group. Helsinki, Finland, August 1999. With M. Shuckschmith, K. J. Poppe and P. Kettunen.
  11. Transforming Socialist Agriculture: From Plan to Market. Special Issue - Euro­pean Review of Agricultural Economics  - Editor. Vol. 25 (1998), No. 3.
  12. Assessing Coherence between the Common Agricultural Policy and the EU’s De­vel­opment Policy: The Case of Cereals in African ACP Countries. Forum No. 23. Wis­senschaftsverlag Vauk, Kiel 1996. With S. von Cramon-Taubadel, P. Wehrheim and J. von Braun.
  13. Grundzüge der landwirtschaftlichen Marktlehre. (WiSo-Kurz­lehr­bücher, Reihe Volks­wirt­schaft). 2. Edition. Vahlen-Verlag, München 1992.
  14. International Agricultural Trade. Special Issue. Quarterly Journal of Internation­al Agriculture - Editor. Vol.30 (1991), No.1.
  15. Demand-Side Constraints and Structural Adjustment in Sub-Saharan African Coun­tries. Interna­tion­al Food Policy Research Institute. Washington, D.C. 1990. With A. Valdes and H. Schafer.
  16. Disharmonies in EC and US Agricultural Policy Measures. Report for the Com­mis­sion of the Eu­ropean Communities (ed.) by EC/US Study Group. Brussels-Lu­xem­bourg 1988. Editor and Co-­author.
  17. Disharmonies in EC and US Agricultural Policies: A Summary of Results and Major Con­clu­sions. Report for the Commission of the European Communities by EC/US Study Group. Brus­sels 1988. 56p. Co-author.
  18. The EC-ACP Convention of Lomé. (Forum No.13). Wissenschaftsverlag Vauk, Kiel 1987. With R. Herrmann.
  19. Regional Cooperation to Improve Food Security in Southern and Eastern Afri­can Coun­tries. Re­search Report No.53. Inter­natio­nal Food Policy Research In­sti­tute. Washington, D.C. 1986.
  20. Wege aus der Krise - Auf der Suche nach agrarpolitischen Konzepti­onen. Schrif­ten­reihe der Klaus-Dieter-Arndt-Stiftung e.V., No.7. Bonn 1986.
  21. Policy Options for the Grain Economy of the European Community: Impli­ca­tions for Devel­op­ing Countries. Research Report No.35. International Food Pol­icy Research Insti­tute. Washing­ton, D.C. 1982.
  22. Agrarwirtschaft und Agrarpolitik in einer erweiterten Gemeinschaft. (Schriften der Ge­sell­schaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaf­ten des Landbaues e.V., No.18), Land­wirt­schaftsverlag, Mün­ster-Hiltrup 1981. Eds. with R. von Alvensleben and H. Storck.
  23. Nutzen-Kosten-Untersuchung forstwirtschaftlicher Zusammen­schlüsse. (Schrif­ten aus der Forst­li­chen Fakultät der Uni­ver­si­tät Göttingen und der Nieder­säch­si­schen Versuchs­an­stalt, No.65), Sauer­länder Verlag, Frankfurt a.M. 1980. With D. Brabänder and W. Hodapp.
  24. Milchpreissenkungen und Einkommensübertragungen. Wirkungs­analyse von Milch­preis­senkun­gen. (Schriftenreihe des Bundes­mi­nisters für Ernährung, Land­wirt­schaft und For­sten, Reihe A: An­ge­wandte Wissen­schaft, No.236), Land­wirt­schaftsverlag, Münster-Hiltrup 1980. With C.-H. Hanf.
  25. EG-Agrarpolitik in der Sackgasse. Divergierende nationale Interes­sen bei der Ver­wirkli­chung der EWG-­Agrarpolitik. Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden 1977.
  26. Alternativen der Agrarpolitik. Eine Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse im Auftrag des Bun­des­mini­ste­riums für Ernährung, Landwirt­schaft und Forsten. Landwirt­schafts­ver­lag, Münster-Hiltrup 1976. With S. Tangermann.
  27. Sektorale Preisentwicklung und Geldwertstabilität. Verlag Hein, Meisen­heim/ Glan 1974.
  28. Theoretische und empirische Analyse der Nachfrage nach Nahrungs- und Ge­nuß­mitteln auf der Ver­braucher- und Erzeuger­stu­fe. Bundesre­publik Deutsch­land 1950/51-1965/66. No.I: All­ge­mei­ne Analyse der Nachfrage nach Nah­rungs- und Genußmit­teln. (Agrarwirt­schaft, Sh 27), Strothe Verlag, Han­nover 1968.


Prof. Koester has published articles in numerous journals as well as contributions to several books.


Publications which appeared in " Wirtschaftsdienst" can be found under http://wirtschaftsdienst.eu/archiv/autor/5/