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The income penalty of farming and fishing: results from a sibling approach

Martin Nordin (), Johan Blomquist and Staffan Waldo

European Review of Agricultural Economics, 2016, vol. 43, issue 3, 383-400

Abstract: This study explores an apparently paradoxical finding in farming and fishing: low economic returns, but a high rate of occupational transmission across generations of farmers and fishers. Using a sibling model containing 11,924 children of Swedish farmers and fishers in 2012, we estimate that farmers' sons who became farmers received 28 per cent lower income than same-sex siblings with a career outside farming. For farmers' daughters and fishers' sons, the income gap was about 22 per cent relative to same-sex siblings. Our conclusion is that the decision to become a fisher or a farmer is largely determined by non-pecuniary factors.

Date: 2016
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