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Impacts of socio-economic factors on farm household dynamics - empirical survey data in an agent-based model application

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  • Schnicke, Hauke Joachim

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This paper addresses three issues of socio-economic factors of Hungarian farm households and their impacts on structural change. This concerns the role of age as a factor influencing the opportunity costs of labour, the impact of empirical age patterns on structural change, and the role of a varied probability of young farm successors entering into the farming business. Results of a farm household survey are integrated in simulation experiments with the agent-based model AgriPoliS which has been adapted to a Hungarian case study region. It could be shown that impediments of a flexible labour adjustment slow down structural change while the timing of persisting or exiting of farms highly depends on the age distribution of farmers.

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  • Schnicke, Hauke Joachim, 2010. "Impacts of socio-economic factors on farm household dynamics - empirical survey data in an agent-based model application," 118th Seminar, August 25-27, 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia 94905, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. Magrini, Stefano, 2004. "Regional (di)convergence," Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics,in: J. V. Henderson & J. F. Thisse (ed.), Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, edition 1, volume 4, chapter 62, pages 2741-2796 Elsevier.
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    Keywords

    socio-economic characteristics; farm households; empirical age patterns; farm succession; structural change; Community/Rural/Urban Development; Q18; Q14;

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    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • Q14 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Finance

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