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How has the 2013 decoupled payment reform affected farmland rental values in Northern Ireland?

Kehinde Oluseyi Olagunju, Simone Angioloni and Ziping Wu

Land Use Policy, 2022, vol. 112, issue C

Abstract: The degree of capitalisation of agricultural subsidies into land rents has been mainly determined by different payment implementation systems and land markets. The 2013 EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform introduces a transition of Single Farm Payment towards a flat rate system and entitlement reallocation. Based on 2009–2017 Farm Business Survey data, we used the Arellano-Bond dynamic panel data estimation technique to estimate the capitalisation impact of the 2013 CAP reform to decoupled payments (DP) in Northern Ireland (NI) where a short term conacre land rental system is dominant. Our estimates suggest that under the 2013 CAP reform in NI, the capitalisation of DP into land rental prices has continued even when entitlements are less than eligible land areas. Specifically, the marginal effect on rental rates of an additional pound of the DP is 22 pence, increasing to 43 pence following the 2013 CAP reform but only in the first year. Given that about one-third of land area is rented in NI, land capitalisation will be of particular relevance in designing more efficient future subsidy policies.

Keywords: Land market; CAP reform; Land rents; Dynamic GMM (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C13 Q11 Q12 Q15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105829

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