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Determinants of economic well-being among U.S. farm operator households

  • Hisham S. El-Osta
  • Ashok K. Mishra
  • Mitchell J. Morehart

Participation in government programs has a mild impact on the economic well-being of U.S. farm households. Major factors that determine farm household prosperity are the primary operator's education level and ethnicity, education level of the spouse, and other characteristics such as forward purchasing of inputs, use of contract shipping of products, having a succession plan, farm ownership, and location in a metro area. This article uses the 2001 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS) as well as relative and an absolute measure to assess U.S. farm households' economic well-being. The relative measure compares the income and wealth position of farm households relative to median income and median wealth of the general population. The absolute measure adds annualized wealth to a farm household's income. Copyright 2007 International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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Volume (Year): 36 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (05)
Pages: 291-304

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