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The determinants of vinegrowers employment and policy implications: the case of a Greek island

Athanasios Papadopoulos () and Gregory Papanikos

Agricultural Economics, 2005, vol. 32, issue 1, 61-72

Abstract: This study investigates the employment of vinegrowers on a Greek island (Samos) where there exist attractive alternative employment opportunities, particularly in the tourist sector. The recent dramatic decline in the number of vinegrowers has been of great concern particularly to wine producers, policy makers, and local authorities because such a pattern has had, and most importantly will have, serious economic, social, and environmental implications. The focus of this paper is on two issues. First, some descriptive statistics on the demographics of vinegrowers and characteristics of vineyards are presented and second, a probit model is developed to identify the demographic and other determinants of the probability of off‐farm and off‐vineyard work participation. The most important source of data information is primary data collected by the authors, using a questionnaire, which was completed by a representative sample of vinegrowers from the island of Samos. The empirical findings suggest that the promotion of vinegrowing requires policies that will enlarge the size of vineyards, promote investments in human and physical capital, and improve the public infrastructure.

Date: 2005
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