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Are all farms better-off growing organic? An unconditional quantile regression approach

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  • Khanal, Aditya
  • Mishra, Ashok

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We examined the impact of participation in certified organic production on farm earnings and net cash farm incomes of the US farm households. Using a nation-wide dataset and an unconditional quantile regression approach, we found a significant heterogeneous effect across different quantiles of farm earnings. Our results suggest that the effect of certified organic production is positive across the unconditional quantiles of net cash farm income but the effect is significantly larger for the farms with larger operations while smaller operations have low or non-significant effects.

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  • Khanal, Aditya & Mishra, Ashok, 2016. "Are all farms better-off growing organic? An unconditional quantile regression approach," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, Boston, Massachusetts 235618, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
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    1. Park, Timothy A., 2015. "Direct Marketing and the Structure of Farm Sales: An Unconditional Quantile Regression Approach," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 0(Number 2), pages 1-19, May.
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    Agribusiness; Consumer/Household Economics; Production Economics;

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