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A New U.S. Farm Household Typology: Implications for Agricultural Policy


  • Brian C. Briggeman
  • Allan W. Gray
  • Mitchell J. Morehart
  • Timothy G. Baker
  • Christine A. Wilson


Changes in U.S. agriculture have yielded a diversity of farm types. These changes have extended beyond the farm business and into the farm household. The objective of this research is to motivate, develop, and discuss the policy implications of a new typology of U.S. farm households, which is based on household economic theory. Using the 2003 Agricultural Resource Management Survey and statistical analysis, the U.S. Farm Household Typology identifies six mutually exclusive groups of U.S. farm households. This typology is then compared to the current Economic Research Service Farm Typology and used to investigate the distribution of government payments. Copyright 2007, Oxford University Press.

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  • Brian C. Briggeman & Allan W. Gray & Mitchell J. Morehart & Timothy G. Baker & Christine A. Wilson, 2007. "A New U.S. Farm Household Typology: Implications for Agricultural Policy," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 29(4), pages 765-782.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:29:y:2007:i:4:p:765-782

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