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Heterogeneous impacts of neighbouring farm size on the decision to exit: evidence from Brittany

Legrand Saint-Cyr, Hugo Storm, Thomas Heckelei and Laurent Piet ()

European Review of Agricultural Economics, 2019, vol. 46, issue 2, 237-266

Abstract: Accounting for spatial interactions between farms is highly relevant for the analysis of agricultural policy impacts. Existing studies, however, only account for homogeneous (average) spatial interactions. We develop a mixture modelling framework to account for unobserved heterogeneity, allowing spatial interaction to vary across endogenously defined farm types. We apply this approach to study farmer decisions to exit the farming business using a large panel dataset covering all registered farms in Brittany, France, for the period 2004–2014. While exiting is on average positively correlated with neighbouring farm size, we find substantial variation between farm types, and a negative correlation for a significant proportion of farms. The approach we develop not only enables us to identify different correlations between neighbouring farm size and exits from farming but also yields different results than pooled estimations.

Keywords: farm exits; spatial interactions; unobserved heterogeneity; mixture models; EM algorithm (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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