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Firm typologies and support policies in Italian agriculture


  • Roberto Henke


This paper proposes a classification of Italian farms based on their economic di-mension, taking into account as far as possible both the complex and heterogeneous features of the Italian primary sector and the importance of identifying the more pro-fessional farms. Farm typologies are considered in relation to the set of agricultural policies offered by the European Union, to verify whether and if so to what extent policies demand and supply meet. The co-existence of farms showing highly diversi-fied economic scales as well as different structural, territorial and social characteris-tics implies the need for choices by the legislator in order to select the “ideal” benefi-ciaries of the set of instruments proposed at the sector and territory level.

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  • Roberto Henke, 2007. "Firm typologies and support policies in Italian agriculture," QA - Rivista dell'Associazione Rossi-Doria, Associazione Rossi Doria, issue 2, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:rar:journl:0052

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    1. Corsi, Alessandro, 2006. "Which Italian Family Farms Will Have a Successor?," 2006 Annual Meeting, August 12-18, 2006, Queensland, Australia 25500, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    Professional Farms; Pluriactivity; Multifunctionality; Common Agricultural Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General
    • 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


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