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The Transformation of Agricultural Production Cooperatives in East Germany and Their Future

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  • Wolz, Axel
  • Kopsidis, Michael
  • Reinsberg, Klaus

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With the break-down of the socialist regime in East Germany in 1989/90 the collective farms had to be transformed or to be dissolved. At that time, it had been anticipated by (mostly West German) politicians and agricultural economists alike that collective farms would soon wither away and be replaced by family farms. However, even more than 15 years after transition, transformed agricultural production cooperatives (APCs) and other corporate farms dominate agricultural production. Based on literature review, statistics and an empirical survey among farm managers, the major reasons for their popularity will be analyzed. These seem to be not only economic, but also social ones. Finally, their future development will be looked at. Their number is gradually declining over time which might be called a “second wave of transformation”.

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  • Wolz, Axel & Kopsidis, Michael & Reinsberg, Klaus, 2009. "The Transformation of Agricultural Production Cooperatives in East Germany and Their Future," Journal of Rural Cooperation, Hebrew University, Center for Agricultural Economic Research, vol. 37(1), pages 1-15.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlorco:163778
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.163778
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    1. Mathijs, Erik & Swinnen, Johan F M, 1998. "The Economics of Agricultural Decollectivization in East Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 47(1), pages 1-26, October.
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    1. Wolz, Axel, 2013. "The organisation of agricultural production in East Germany since World War II: Historical roots and present situation," IAMO Discussion Papers 158736, Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO).
    2. Wolz, Axel, 2013. "The organisation of agricultural production in East Germany since World War II: Historical roots and present situation
      [Organisation der Agrarproduktion in Ostdeutschland seit dem 2. Weltkrieg: His
      ," IAMO Discussion Papers 139, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO).
    3. Diego Naziri & Magali Aubert & Jean-Marie Codron & Nguyen Thi Tan Loc & Paule Moustier, 2014. "Estimating the Impact of Small-Scale Farmer Collective Action on Food Safety: The Case of Vegetables in Vietnam," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 50(5), pages 715-730, May.
    4. Petrick, Martin & Zier, Patrick, 2012. "Common Agricultural Policy effects on dynamic labour use in agriculture," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, pages 671-678.
    5. repec:zbw:iamodp:158736 is not listed on IDEAS
    6. Golovina, Svetlana & Nilsson, Jerker & Wolz, Axel, 2012. "The Development of Agricultural Production Cooperatives in Russia," Journal of Rural Cooperation, Hebrew University, Center for Agricultural Economic Research, vol. 40(1), pages 1-17.

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