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The changing structure of production: Argentine agriculture 1988-2002

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  • Marcos Gallacher

    (Universidad del CEMA)

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The agricultural sector of many countries shows increasing farm size with corresponding decrease in farm numbers. Despite abundant research, the determinants of these changes have not been clearly identified. This paper attempts to explain small firm survival in Argentine agriculture in the 1988 - 2002 period. The evidence suggests that labor market considerations, as well changing optimal size in response to production specialization are important factors affecting small-firm disappearance. In contrast, factor proportions (the K/L ratio) does not appear to have an impact on changes in firm size.

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Article provided by Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata in its journal Económica.

Volume (Year): LVI (2010)
Issue (Month): (January-December)
Pages: 3-28

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Handle: RePEc:lap:journl:569

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Keywords: economies of scale; Argentine agriculture; agricultural labor markets;

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  1. Schmitt, Gunther, 1989. "Farms, Farm Households, and Productivity of Resource Use in Agriculture," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 16(2), pages 257-84.
  2. Kislev, Yoav & Peterson, Willis L., 1991. "Economies Of Scale In Agriculture: A Reexamination Of The Evidence," Staff Papers, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics 13652, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
  3. Schmitt, Gunther, 1991. "Why Is the Agriculture of Advanced Western Economies Still Organized by Family Farms? Will This Continue to Be So in the Future?," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 18(3-4), pages 443-58.
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