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The Impact of Social Capital on Polish Farm Incomes: Findings of an Empirical Survey


  • Axel Wolz
  • Jana Fritzsch
  • Klaus Reinsberg


Private farming is the dominant mode of agricultural production in most European countries. Not all farmers are equally successful, economically, which is usually explained by different levels of production factors, i.e. land, labour and capital. This article analyses whether social capital is an additional factor contributing to higher agricultural incomes. Using primary evidence from a farm survey in Poland among 410 farmers it can be deduced that social capital is indeed a significant factor determining the level of agricultural income. However, its impact is not as clear-cut as anticipated. The elaboration and testing of appropriate indicators has just started. More in-depth analysis will be needed in the future.

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  • Axel Wolz & Jana Fritzsch & Klaus Reinsberg, 2006. "The Impact of Social Capital on Polish Farm Incomes: Findings of an Empirical Survey," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(1), pages 85-99.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pocoec:v:18:y:2006:i:1:p:85-99
    DOI: 10.1080/14631370500505347

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    1. Buchenrieder, Gertrud & Hanf, Jon Henrich & Pieniadz, Agata, 2009. "20 years of transition in the agri-food sector," German Journal of Agricultural Economics, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Department for Agricultural Economics, vol. 58(07), pages 1-9, October.
    2. Nasir Saukani & Noor Azina Ismail, 2019. "Identifying the Components of Social Capital by Categorical Principal Component Analysis (CATPCA)," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 141(2), pages 631-655, January.
    3. Wolz, Axel & Fritzsch, Jana & Pencakova, Jitka, 2006. "Social Capital Among Agricultural Producers In The Czech Republic: Its Impact On Economic Performance," IAMO Discussion Papers 91965, Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO).
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