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Non-farm income diversification of rural farm households in Central and Southeastern Europe: an application of fuzzy set theory

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  • Fritzsch, Jana
  • Buchenrieder, Gertrud
  • Mollers, Judith

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A fuzzy logic model for quantifying farm households’ potential for non-farm income diversification is developed and applied to 1,077 farm households in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia. About three quarters of households have a diversification potential, but not all households use it. An analysis of diversification potential and diversification behaviour shows that there are seven household types in the sample. Not all development options, i.e. farm development, farm exit, or starting non-farm employment, are equally suitable for all households thus fine targeting of policy measures according to the household type could be important for policy makers.

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  • Fritzsch, Jana & Buchenrieder, Gertrud & Mollers, Judith, 2010. "Non-farm income diversification of rural farm households in Central and Southeastern Europe: an application of fuzzy set theory," 118th Seminar, August 25-27, 2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia 95321, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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    1. repec:kap:iaecre:v:14:y:2008:i:4:p:381-394 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Möllers Judith & Fritzsch Jana & Buchenrieder Gertrud, 2008. "Farm and Non-farm Incomes of Rural Households in Slovenia Canonical Correlation Analysis," South East European Journal of Economics and Business, De Gruyter Open, vol. 3(2), pages 39-48, November.
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    Keywords

    rural development; non-farm rural employment diversification; fuzzy logic; transition countries; Community/Rural/Urban Development; C65; D33; J24; Q12;

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    • C65 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Miscellaneous Mathematical Tools
    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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