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Non-farm income diversification of rural farm households in Central and Southeastern Europe: an application of fuzzy set theory

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  • Fritzsch, Jana
  • Buchenrieder, Gertrud
  • Mollers, Judith

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A fuzzy logic model for quantifying farm households’ potential for non-farm income diversification is developed and applied to 1,077 farm households in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia. About three quarters of households have a diversification potential, but not all households use it. An analysis of diversification potential and diversification behaviour shows that there are seven household types in the sample. Not all development options, i.e. farm development, farm exit, or starting non-farm employment, are equally suitable for all households thus fine targeting of policy measures according to the household type could be important for policy makers.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 118th Seminar, August 25-27, 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia with number 95321.

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Keywords: rural development; non-farm rural employment diversification; fuzzy logic; transition countries; Community/Rural/Urban Development; C65; D33; J24; Q12;

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  1. Möllers Judith & Fritzsch Jana & Buchenrieder Gertrud, 2008. "Farm and Non-farm Incomes of Rural Households in Slovenia Canonical Correlation Analysis," South East European Journal of Economics and Business, De Gruyter Open, vol. 3(2), pages 39-48, November.
  2. Judith Möllers & Patrick Zier & Gertrud Buchenrieder, 2008. "Expectations, Strategies and Prospects of Farmers in View of Croatia’s Pending EU Accession," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer, vol. 14(4), pages 381-394, November.
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