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Agent-Based Modeling of Farming Behavior: A Dutch Case Study on Milk Quota Abolishment and Sustainable Dairying


  • Oudendag, Diti
  • Hoogendoorn, Mark
  • Jongeneel, Roel


Gaining insight on the effect of policies upon the agricultural domain is essential for policy makers, famers and the agribusiness sector. A variety of models have therefore been developed that enable a prediction of agricultural development under different policies. Most models do however not make predictions on a fine grained level and are weak in accounting for specific factor market and resource constraints farmers (agents) face at farm level. The paper presents an agent-based model where each farm is modeled by means of an agent and studies the effect of milk quota abolishment. Two simulations policy simulations are made: 1) abolition of the milk quota; and 2) land-tied sustainable dairy scenario. Outcomes are analyzed and compared with the predictions of sector models.

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  • Oudendag, Diti & Hoogendoorn, Mark & Jongeneel, Roel, 2014. "Agent-Based Modeling of Farming Behavior: A Dutch Case Study on Milk Quota Abolishment and Sustainable Dairying," 2014 International Congress, August 26-29, 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia 182700, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae14:182700

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