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Tracing the process of becoming a farm successor on Swiss family farms

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  • Stefan Mann

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A theoretical model for farm succession is developed in which identity-related variables such as preferences for working autonomously or with animals influence occupational choice at the outset of the process, while environmental factors such as farm size and income prospects gain in importance during the latter stages of succession. A survey of 14-to-34-year-old potential farm successors in Switzerland is carried out to test the model. While female respondents focus on identity-related factors when making occupational choices, the model can be verified for several influencing variables for male successors, such as continuing the family tradition and the potential conversion of farmland to building land. For both men and women, the prospect of working alongside their parents is an important factor in the decision to take over the family farm. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Agriculture and Human Values.

Volume (Year): 24 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 435-443

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Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:24:y:2007:i:4:p:435-443

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Keywords: Adolescence; Agricultural structures; Family farming; Farm succession; Identity-seeking; Switzerland;

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  1. Finger, Robert & Lehmann, Niklaus, 2011. "Do Direct Payments Influence Farmers' Hail Insurance Decisions?," 2011 International Congress, August 30-September 2, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland, European Association of Agricultural Economists 114355, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  2. Robert Finger & Niklaus Lehmann, 2012. "The influence of direct payments on farmers’ hail insurance decisions," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 43(3), pages 343-354, 05.

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