Short CV/Education and training

  • Dr Judith Möllers joined the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in 2006. Previously, she worked at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, where she received her PhD in 2005.

  • Dr Möllers is an agricultural economist working on issues of rural development with a focus on the transition economies of Southeast Europe. Her areas of expertise and professional interest span smallholder farming and rural livelihoods, quality of life, structural change in agriculture, migration, cooperation, rural poverty, and rural non-farm employment. Most of her research is empirically based, applying econometric techniques, and is theoretically embedded in microeconomics and behavioural economics.

  • Dr Möllers was involved in a wide variety of projects funded/initiated by donors including for instance the European Union or the World Bank. From 2007 until 2010 she managed and coordinated the 6th Framework Programme Project SCARLED (Structural Change in Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods). In 2015, she led the IAMO team that supported the World Bank in their Moldova Poverty Assessment 2016 with a report on the Structural Transformation of Moldovan Smallholder Agriculture.

  • Since 2019 she works on a DFG funded project on Social comparisons and inequality. Dr Möllers has written internationally recognised conference papers, book chapters, and journal articles.

Selected publications

  • Dufhues, T., Möllers, J., Traikova, D., Buchenrieder, G. and D. Runschke (2021). Why villagers stay put – A structural equation model on staying intentions. Journal of Rural Studies, 81, 345-357.

  • Arapi-Gjini, A., Möllers, J., and T. Herzfeld. (2020). Measuring Dynamic Effects of Remittances on Poverty and Inequality with Evidence from Kosovo. Eastern European Economics 58 (4). 283-308.

  • Buchenrieder, G., Dufhues, T., Möllers, J., Runschke, D., and G. Sagyndykova (2020). Return to the countryside: Return intentions of the highly educated youth in Kazakhstan. Population, Space and Place, 2020; 26:e2273. https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2273.

  • Traikova, D., Möllers, J. and M. Petrick (2018). Go West? Emigration intentions of young Bulgarian agricultural specialists. Journal of Rural Studies 62, 134-145.

  • Möllers, J., Traikova, D., Birhala, B. and A. Wolz (2018). Why (not) cooperate? A cognitive model of farmers' intention to join producer groups in Romania. Post-Communist Economies 30 (1): 56-77.

  • Piras, S., M. Vittuari, J. Möllers, and T. Herzfeld (2018). Remittance inflow and smallholder farming practices. The case of Moldova. Land Use Policy 70 (2018), 654–665.

  • Traikova, D., T. Manolova, J. Möllers and G. Buchenrieder (2017) Corruption perceptions and entrepreneurial intentions in a transitional context – the case of rural Bulgaria. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 22(3), 1-21.

  • Möllers, J., Arapi-Gjini, A., Herzfeld, T., Xhema, S. (2017). Exit or voice? The recent drivers of Kosovar out-migration. International Migration 55 (3): 173-186.

  • Möllers, J., Meyer, W., Xhema, S., Traikova, D., and G. Buchenrieder (2015). Cognitive constructs and the intention to remit. The Journal of Development Studies 51 (10), 1341-1357.

  • Möllers, J. and Birhala, B. (2014). Community Supported Agriculture: a promising pathway for small family farms in Eastern Europe? A case study from Romania. Applied Agricultural and Forestry Research 3/4 (64), 139-150.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Social comparisons and inequality – Perceptions of inequality through social comparisons and transference on subjective wellbeing: a micro perspective on reference groups: DFG funded project together with Prof. Dr. Gertrud Buchenrieder, 2019 – 2021 (project leader)

  • Study on Rural Migration and Return Migration in Kosovo: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the framework of its project “Competitiveness of the Private Sector in Rural Areas” in cooperation with The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD), 2017 (leading researcher)

  • Study on ‘Structural Transformation of Moldovan Smallholder Agriculture: Implications for Poverty and Shared Prosperity’: World Bank Research Project in the framework of the Moldova Poverty Assessment 2016, 2015 – 2016 (leading researcher)

  • Structural Change in Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods: Sixth Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities, Specific Targeted Research Project “SCARLED” SSPE-CT-2006-044201,

    2007 – 2011 (researcher and project coordinator)

  • Impacts of Croatia’s EU accession on the agricultural and food processing sectors as well as rural development. In collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Croatian Ministry of of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, 2006 – 2007 (researcher and consultant)

  • Functional review of the agricultural administration in Romania. Consultancy under the lead of the World Bank for the Government of Romania to support its goal of modernizing the public administration and improving its ability to fulfil its commitments to the EU under the Lisbon Strategy. A particular focus was on translating the EC’s acquis communautaire into domestic implementation, 2009 – 2010 (consultant)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Former member of Scientific Advisory Group of the FARO 6th framework project, 2007 – 2009

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