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The importance of succession on business growth: A case study of family farms in Switzerland and Norway

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  • Stefan Mann

    (Agroscope Research Station, Ettenhausen, Switzerland)

  • Klaus Mittenzwei

    (Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute)

  • Franziska Hasselmann

    (Agroscope Research Station, Ettenhausen, Switzerland)

Abstract

This paper develops the hypothesis that the level of growth or decline of small family farms is strongly connected to the farms’ succession process. Around the process of intra-family succession, both disinvestment in cases of farm abandonment or conversion to part-time farming and investment activities in case of transfer to the next generation reach the highest levels. This hypothesis is confirmed for four different growth indicators using Swiss and Norwegian farm data for the period 2004 to 2009. Management strategy is another significant factor explaining business development, whereas growth and shrinking processes are accelerated by a high degree of specialization.

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  • Stefan Mann & Klaus Mittenzwei & Franziska Hasselmann, 2013. "The importance of succession on business growth: A case study of family farms in Switzerland and Norway," Journal of Socio-Economics in Agriculture (Until 2015: Yearbook of Socioeconomics in Agriculture), Swiss Society for Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, vol. 6(1), pages 109-137.
  • Handle: RePEc:cha:ysa001:v:6:y:2013:i:1:p:109-137
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    1. Shepherd, William G, 1972. "The Elements of Market Structure," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 54(1), pages 25-37, February.
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    1. Bertoni, Danilo & Cavicchioli, Daniele & Latruffe, Laure, 2017. "Performance post succession on Italian family farms," 2017 International Congress, August 28-September 1, 2017, Parma, Italy 261435, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Bertoni, Danilo & Cavicchioli, Daniele & Latruffe, Laure, 2016. "Impact of succession on performance: The case of the Italian family farms," 149th Seminar, October 27-28, 2016, Rennes, France 245166, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    Keywords

    Growth; Family Life Cycle; comparative research;

    JEL classification:

    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • R29 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Other

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