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Which factors affect the distribution of direct payments among farmers in the EU Member States?

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  • S. Severini

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  • A. Tantari

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This paper analyses the distribution of direct payments (DPs) between farmers within the EU Member States (MS). The paper tries to identify some of the factors that can explain the differences between MS in terms of recent distribution and the evolution over time of the distribution of DPs, comparing results of different regression models. The analysis has confirmed that the concentration of direct payments is very heterogeneous across EU Member States and that it reaches very high values in some of them. This is even truer when, as in this paper, non-beneficiary farms are accounted for in the analysis of the DP distribution. The results support the idea that a large part of the concentration of the DP support is generated by the way land is distributed among farms. The results do not support the hypothesis that the models of implementation of the Single Payment Scheme can explain the observed differences among Member States in terms of DP concentration. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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  • S. Severini & A. Tantari, 2015. "Which factors affect the distribution of direct payments among farmers in the EU Member States?," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 42(1), pages 25-48, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:empiri:v:42:y:2015:i:1:p:25-48
    DOI: 10.1007/s10663-013-9243-x
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    1. O'Neill,Stephen & Loughrey, Jason & Hynes, Stephen & O'Donoghue, Cathal & Hanrahan, Kevin, 2017. "The Redistributive Impact of EU Farm Payment Reforms in the UK and Ireland," 2017 International Congress, August 28-September 1, 2017, Parma, Italy 261107, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    Keywords

    Common agricultural policy; Concentration of direct payments; Single payment scheme; CAP reform; Q12; Q18; Q28; D30;

    JEL classification:

    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • D30 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - General

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