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The multiplicity of goals in tree-cultivating farms in Greece

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  • Pavlos Karanikolas

    ()
    (Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens)

  • Stelios Rozakis

    ()
    (Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens)

  • Dimitris Kremmydas

    ()
    (Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Agricultural University of Athens)

Abstract

The aim of this study is the elicitation of farmers’ goals through a multi-criteria weighted programming model. This is pursued in the area of Ancient Epidaurus (Peloponnesus), where farming systems comprise various combinations of tree crops, such as olive-, orange- and mandarin- groves. The analysis is carried out at the level of four representative farms, whose members have a multiplicity of on- and off- farm employment opportunities. Research findings indicate that farms with tree crops aim at the achievement of multiple goals. Both components of the composite entity family farm/farm household are represented at the decision-making process, by means of including manifold objectives. Minimization of variable expenses and attainment of a living standardareprioritized as the most important ones. The identification of sets of hierarchical goals for different types of farms/households goes beyond the conventional-simplistic hypothesis of profit maximization in all different farm entities, pointing towards a satisficing behavior.

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Paper provided by Agricultural University of Athens, Department Of Agricultural Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2013-2.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:aua:wpaper:2013-2

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Keywords: Farmers’ objectives; goal programming; satisficing; bounded rationality; Argolida; Greece;

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