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Aspects of the Definition and Classification of Farms

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This paper examines what, precisely, is meant by a 'farm' and considers various attributes of farms relevant to an assessment of the structure of European agriculture. A measure of average farm size is proposed to cope with the uncertain count of the population of farms. The issue of tenure may also be complex, with some farms consisting of separate parcels of land, each with different tenure situations. Finally, although many European farmers are often described as being 'part-time', there are a number of different criteria on the basis of which farmers, and also farms, may be classified as being part-time.

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  • Lund, Philip J., 2005. "Aspects of the Definition and Classification of Farms," 94th Seminar, April 9-10, 2005, Ashford, UK 24417, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae94:24417
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.24417
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    1. Philip Lund & Roger Price, 1998. "The Measurement of Average Farm Size," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 49(1), pages 100-110, March.
    2. P. J. Lund, 1991. "Part‐Time Farming: A Note On Definitions," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(2), pages 196-199, May.
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    1. Yuval Dolev & Ayal Kimhi, 2010. "Do family farms really converge to a uniform size? The role of unobserved farm efficiency ," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 54(1), pages 119-136, January.
    2. Marie-Luce Ghib & Pierre Wavresky & Krystyna Larkham & Lucian Luca, 2010. "Les petites exploitations roumaines connaissent elles une évolution sous contraintes de localisation?," INRA UMR CESAER Working Papers 2010/4, INRA UMR CESAER, Centre d'’Economie et Sociologie appliquées à l'’Agriculture et aux Espaces Ruraux.
    3. Dolev, Yuval & Kimhi, Ayal, 2006. "Survival And Growth Of Family Farms In Israel: 1971-1995," Discussion Papers 7146, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Agricultural Economics and Management.

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    Farm Management; Land Economics/Use;

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