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Institutional changes for agricultural and rural development in the CEEC and CIS region

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  • Ulrich Koester

    () (University of Kiel, Germany)

  • Bernhard Brümmer

    () (University of Göttingen, Germany)

Abstract

The paper emphasizes the importance of embedded institutions for the transformation of the agricultural sector and rural economies in the transition countries and identifies and analyses institutional aspects regarding agriculture and rural development common to the transition countries. It focuses on the institutional dimension of reform policies, i.e. on the political economy aspects of the transition process that were decisive for the success or failure of the reforms. The importance of identifying the “mental models” of various stakeholders during the transition process is emphasized and the reasons are explored why the transition process in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe has not resulted in a restructuring of the agricultural sector towards family farms as most were expecting. The paper then discusses the role of institutions for the governance of farms, the comparative advantage of farm sizes and the choice of specific legal forms of farms.

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  • Ulrich Koester & Bernhard Brümmer, 2006. "Institutional changes for agricultural and rural development in the CEEC and CIS region," The Electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, vol. 3(2), pages 144-179.
  • Handle: RePEc:fao:tejade:v:3:y:2006:i:2:p:144-179
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    1. Boris Pleskovic & Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2000. "Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics 1999," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13839.
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    Keywords

    Transition countries; agriculture; agricultural reform; agricultural policy; rural development; farm structure; institutions.;

    JEL classification:

    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General

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