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Modelling Organic Farming at Sector Level. An Application to the Reformed CAP in Austria

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  • Erwin Schmid
  • Franz Sinabell

    (WIFO)

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Organic farming practices have environmental benefits compared to conventional ones. Their adoption is the result of a complex interaction of intrinsic attitudes of farmers, their profit expectations and farm policy incentives. We use an agricultural sector model and develop an extended version of the Positive Mathematical Programming (PMP) method to differentiate organic farming from other management practices. Austria is chosen for the case study because 8 percent of its farmland are managed organically, and detailed data on alternative management practices are available. The results suggest that the agricultural policy reforms have made organic farming more attractive to farmers.

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Paper provided by WIFO in its series WIFO Working Papers with number 288.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 19 Feb 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wfo:wpaper:y:2007:i:288

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Keywords: Organic farming; Common Agricultural Policy; Program for Rural Development; Agricultural Sector Modelling;

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  1. Schader, Christian & Lampkin, Nicolas & Christie, Mike & Stolze, Matthias, 2011. "How cost-effective are direct payments to organic farms for achieving environmental policy targets?," 2011 International Congress, August 30-September 2, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland 115991, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  2. Sanders, Jurn & Lampkin, Nicolas & Stolze, Matthias, 2008. "Impact Of The Wto Liberalisation On Organic Farming In Switzerland," 107th Seminar, January 30-February 1, 2008, Sevilla, Spain 6481, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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