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Agriculture on the move: Exploring regional differences in farm exit rates in Western Germany

Thomas Glauben (), Hendrik Tietje () and Christoph Weiss ()

Review of Regional Research: Jahrbuch für Regionalwissenschaft, 2006, vol. 26, issue 1, 103-118

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between farm exits and various farm, family, and regional characteristics during the period of 1991 to 1999. Using county-level data for 326 regions in Western Germany, econometric cross section estimations indicate that exits from farming are strongly influenced by farm and family characteristic. In particular, exit rates are higher in regions with smaller farms. Further, farm exits are closely related to retirement and succession considerations. Exit rates are lower in regions with a high share of part-time farms which indicates that off-farm income has a stabilizing impact on structural change in agriculture. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2006

Date: 2006
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