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The effects of decoupling on Italian COP sector: an ex-post evaluation


  • De Vivo, Carmela
  • Henke, Roberto
  • Pupo D'Andrea, Maria Rosaria
  • Vanni, Francesco


One of the main objectives of the 2003 CAP reform was that to enhance farm competitiveness and make farmers able to catch market signals and adjust their production level and specialization accordingly. The aim of the paper is to evaluate the effects of decoupling in Italy COP sector comparing the estimated results of some structural and economic indicators of a sample of farms before and after the 2003 reform using data from the Italian Institute of Statistics and of the Italian Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). The analysis shows an improvement of income in farms that kept COP production specialization through the years under study. At the same time, farms that opted for a different specialisation in the post reform period improved their economic performance. All this suggests that coupled support had become a constraint rather than an opportunity and that the 2003 reform, decoupling farm support from production, has contributed to a more efficient and market-oriented COP sector in Italy.

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  • De Vivo, Carmela & Henke, Roberto & Pupo D'Andrea, Maria Rosaria & Vanni, Francesco, 2011. "The effects of decoupling on Italian COP sector: an ex-post evaluation," 122nd Seminar, February 17-18, 2011, Ancona, Italy 98984, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa122:98984

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    1. Paolo Sckokai & Daniele Moro, 2009. "Modelling the impact of the CAP Single Farm Payment on farm investment and output," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 36(3), pages 395-423, September.
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    1. Menozzi, Davide & Fioravanzi, Martina & Donati, Michele, 2014. "Understanding Farmers’ Responses To Cap Reform," 2014 International Congress, August 26-29, 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia 182811, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    CAP; decoupling; Italian FADN; COP sector; Agricultural and Food Policy; Q18;

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

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