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Farm Structure and the Effects of Agri-Environmental Programs: Results from a Matching Analysis for European Countries

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  • Pufahl, Andrea
  • Weiss, Christoph R.
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    This paper extends previous research (Pufahl and Weiss, 2009) and applies a semi-parametric propensity score matching approach to evaluate the effects of agrienvironment (AE) programs on input use and farm output of individual farms in eight Member States of the European Union. We find substantial differences in treatment effects between countries. The analysis reveals significant effects of AE participation on production (Germany, France) and farm profits (France, Ireland, United Kingdom). AE participation sporadically reduces the intensity of land use as measured by the purchase of farm chemicals (fertilizer, pesticide) and grazing livestock densities. We also find differences in the treatment effect among farms with different farm size (heterogeneous treatment effects).

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    Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 111th Seminar, June 26-27, 2009, Canterbury, UK with number 52997.

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    Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa111:52997

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    Keywords: evaluation; agri-environment programs; propensity score matching; Germany; Italy; Spain; France; Portugal; United Kingdom; The Netherlands; EU-15; Agribusiness; Agricultural and Food Policy;

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