Second agriculture in Belarus and Ukraine:subsistence or leisure?
AbstractIn many post-Soviet countries, more than half of all households use small land plots to produce significant agricultural output even though their members have paid jobs or collect state pensions. Existing studies suggest that in Russia such Â“second agricultureÂ” helps smooth consumption. Using household survey data, I study the role of Â“second agricultureÂ” in Belarus and Ukraine, two countries that differ significantly in the coverage of their social safety nets. I Â…find that while in Belarus small land plots do help smooth consumption of the poorest households (during the 1998 crisis), Ukrainian poor appear to be unable to invest sufficiently in their small land plot production to produce similar benefits. Most urban households use their small land plots for leisure, and over years they tend to move away from this activity.
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Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Belarus; Ukraine; transition; social security; second agriculture; small land plots; consumption smoothing;
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- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
- I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
- I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
- J43 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Agricultural Labor Markets
- Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
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