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Land Policy and Farm Structure: Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture in the Western Balkan

Tamas Mizik

Society and Economy, 2016, vol. 38, issue 2, 157-170

Abstract: Although Western Balkan countries are quite different, they can all be characterised by their one shared goal, to achieve the quickest possible accession to the European Union. Even though agriculture plays an important key role within all Western Balkan states, it’s share is the highest in Albania and only Serbia has a trade surplus. Land is a key production factor but all the analysed countries can be characterised by fragmented land structure and low average farm sizes. Mostly based on land ownership issues, a land reform index can be calculated. The major contribution of this paper to the literature is the reevaluated land reform index for the Western Balkans.

Keywords: Western Balkans’ agriculture; agricultural trade; farming structure; land reform index (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q15 Q17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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