An Empirical Assessment of the EU Agricultural Policy Based on Firm Level Data
AbstractThe study focuses on testing the hypothesis that the subsidy system of the Common Agricultural Reform in 1992 (CAP'92) drove to changes in farm efficiency towards the thereby claimed objectives. With sequential applications of semiparametric methods we succeed to identify the impact of the direct payments on environmental adaption, productivity and efficiency before and after CAP'92 without restrictive model specifications. We find that the claimed objectives of the EU subvention policy were met only partly, but that the CAP'92 was, however, a step forward. Our case study uses large Spanish data sets of animal orientated farms. This paper applies non parametric methods for policy evaluation at firm level. The study focuses on testing the hypothesis that the subsidy system of the Common Agricultural Reform in 1992 (CAP'92) drove to changes in farm efficiency towards the thereby claimed objectives. We concentrate here on animal oriented farms, in particular cattle, pig, sheep and goat farms. The correct quantification of efficiency and productivity differentials due to CAP'92 is crucial for such a policy analysis as different models can easily lead to different conclusions. Using non parametric methods we do not need to specify the production function of the farms. With sequential applications of semiparametric methods we succeed to identify the impact of the direct payments on environmental adaption, productivity and efficiency before and after CAP'92 without restictive model specifications. We find that the claimed objectives of the EU subvention policy were met only partly, but that the CAP'92 was - at least partly - indeed a step forward in that sense. Our case study uses large Spanish data sets of animal orientated farms. This is justified, among other reasons, by the relevance of these farms for Mediterranean forest and grazing land preservation in Spain.
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Volume (Year): 227 (2007)
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Common Agricultural Policy; subsidies; efficiency; non-parametric methods; natural resources; environmental economics;
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- Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices
- Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
- C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
- F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order; Noneconomic International Organizations;; Economic Integration and Globalization: General
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