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Understanding the uptake of organic farming: Accounting for heterogeneities among Irish farmers

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  • Läpple, Doris
  • Kelley, Hugh
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    This paper examines the decisions of Irish farmers to convert to organic farming by applying the theory of planned behaviour to control for social influence and technical constraints. Cluster analysis and principal component analysis are utilised to account for sample heterogeneity and to identify heterogeneities in farmer beliefs regarding adoption of organic methods. The results indicate that the impact of economic incentives and technical barriers varies, while social acceptance of organic farming constrains adoption. These findings suggest that policy incentives mainly based on subsidy payments may be insufficient to increase the organic sector in the presence of social and technical barriers.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

    Volume (Year): 88 (2013)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 11-19

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:88:y:2013:i:c:p:11-19

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    Keywords: Organic farming; Principal component analysis; Theory of planned behaviour; Decision making;

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