Prof. Dr. Johannes Sauer

Professor of Production and Resource Economics

Phone: +49 8161/71-3410
Fax: +49 8161/71-4426
Building: Alte Akademie 14 - Institutional building II (4106)
Room: GF/43
Office hours: by appointment


  • Ph.D. Agricultural Economic “cum laude”, University Bonn
  • M.Sc. Agricultural Economics, Imperial College London, Wye/UK
  • M.Sc. Political Science and Economics, Universities Tübingen and Hamburg

Professional experience

  • since 10/2013 Full Professor (W3) and Head of Chair, TU München
  • 2011-2013 Professor, Endowed Chair, CAU Kiel
  • 2009-2011 Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics und Research Theme Leader, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester
  • 2007-2009 Assistant Professor/Lecturer, Department of Economics und Center for European Agri-Environmental Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury
  • 2005-2007 Assistant/Associate Professor, Institute for Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2004-2005 Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research, Bonn
  • 2000-2004 Consultant/Senior Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Düsseldorf and Hamburg

Research areas

  • Production, efficiency and organizational analysis
  • Technology adaption and sustainable innovation
  • Agri-environmental behaviour at farm level
  • Risk analysis
  • Economics of water resrouces and biodiversity
  • Microeconometric modelling

Teaching activities

  • Production theory and accounting
  • Production and risk management
  • Production economics and management

Research projects

  • Dynamics of productivity growth in the OECD dairy sectors (Staff Loan, OECD, Paris)
  • Technological change and scale
  • Extreme events and farm behaviour
  • Agri-environmental behaviour at farm level

Activities and awards

  • Since 2015: Member Steering Committee Hans Eisenmann Zentrum, TUM
  • Since 2015: Member Steering Committee TUM Water Cluster
  • 2010-2014, 2015-2019 UK Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), Peer Review College Member


  • Investment, Technical Change and Efficiency - Empirical Evidence from German Dairy Production. European Review of Agricultural Economics. 2014 (with U.Latacz-Lohmann)
  • A Dominance Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Beef Output and Land Use of German Dairy Farms. Agricultural Systems. 2014 (with M.Zehetmeier et al.)
  • The Impact of Decoupled Subsidies on Productivity in Agriculture. Agricultural Economics. 2013, 45: 1-10 (with A.Kazukauskas, C.Newman)
  • Disinvestment, Farm Size and Gradual Farm Exit. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. first published online: July 12, 2013 (with A.Kazukauskas, C.Newman, D.Clancey)
  • Marketed Outputs and Non-Marketed Ecosystem Services. European Review of Agricultural Economics. first published online: December 21, 2012. print: 2013, 40 (4): 573-603 (with A.Wossink)    ...more