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The Capitalization of Area Payment into Land Rental Prices: Micro-evidence from Italy

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  • Guastella, G.
  • Moro, D.
  • Sckokai, P.
  • Veneziani, M.

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This paper analyses the extent to which agricultural subsidies are capitalised into land rental price. By using Italian data at the farm level the analysis proposed in this paper innovates with respect to existing studies in different ways. Thanks to the long time span available in the FADN database it is possible to compare the two time periods, before and after the 2005 CAP reform, to test whether any change occurred as a result of the introduction of the decoupled payments scheme. In contrast to previous empirical literature, which has either focused on the unobserved farm-level heterogeneity issue or on the selectivity issue, the method proposed in this paper accounts for both simultaneously. Finally, the same method is extended to account for endogeneity of some covariates. Overall, the results in the paper confirm previous evidence, rejecting the hypothesis that agricultural payments are capitalized into land prices in both periods.

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Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. with number 150617.

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Keywords: Sample selection; Panel Data; Capitalization Effect; Italian Farms; Agricultural and Food Policy; International Relations/Trade; Land Economics/Use; C33; Q15; Q18;

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