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The Dynamics of Wealth Concentration Among Farm Operator Households


  • El-Osta, Hisham S.
  • Morehart, Mitchell J.


The method of computing wealth shares accruing to lowest and highest quintiles, along with the concepts of the Lorenz curve and the Gini coefficient, are used in conjunction with data from the 1996 and 1999 Agricultural Resource Management Study (ARMS) survey to measure the distribution of wealth among U.S. farm operator households. Findings show that the distribution of wealth in 1996 was slightly more concentrated than in 1999, with the farm wealth component contributing significantly more toward measured concentration in both years than the nonfarm wealth component. The robustness of the findings under varied value judgments concerning society's level of aversion to wealth concentration is also examined.

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  • El-Osta, Hisham S. & Morehart, Mitchell J., 2002. "The Dynamics of Wealth Concentration Among Farm Operator Households," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 31(1), pages 1-13, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:arerjl:31487
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.31487

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    1. Lerman, Robert I. & Yitzhaki, Shlomo, 1989. "Improving the accuracy of estimates of Gini coefficients," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1), pages 43-47, September.
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    1. El-Osta, Hisham S. & Morehart, Mitchell J., 2009. "Welfare Decomposition in the Context of the Life Cycle of Farm Operators: What Does a National Survey Reveal?," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 38(2), pages 1-17, October.
    2. Piet, Laurent, 2016. "Recent trends in the distribution of farm sizes in the EU," 149th Seminar, October 27-28, 2016, Rennes, France 245075, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Mishra, Ashok K. & Moss, Charles B. & Erickson, Kenneth W., 2006. "Farm Wealth Inequality Within and Across States in the United States," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 35(2), pages 251-264, October.
    4. Piet, Laurent, 2017. "Concentration of the agricultural production in the EU: the two sides of a coin," 2017 International Congress, August 28-September 1, 2017, Parma, Italy 261439, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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