In order to check the potentials of mesoeconomic research, the example of agricultural economics serves as a case in point to look for advances which contributed to progress in general economic science. In the literature of economic history, the pioneer work by J. H. v. Thünen catches the eye, while T. W. Schultz is a classic Agricultural Economist who won the Nobel Prize. A special section is devoted to mathematical progress within Agricultural Economics and the role of agricultural economists in welfare economics. It is concluded that a high added value can be generated through restricting empirical analyses to a particular sector.
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