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Changes in diversity of farm income in Member States of the European Union


  • Chmielewska, Barbara


Following enlargement of the European Union (EU) in 2004 and in the subsequent years, 13 new members, including Poland (EU-13), were covered with the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The introduced reforms contributed to improvement of the agrarian structure and a drop in the labour inputs in agriculture. Consequently, countries from the group of the EU-13 were characterised by higher farm income growth dynamics than countries that have been members of the EU for a much longer time (EU-15). The paper aims at assessment of whether the period following the accession was marked by real convergences (in 2010 prices) of farm incomes per labour input unit expressed in AWU or whether the process was reversed – there occurred divergence between the EU Member States, especially between the group of the EU-13 and the EU-15. To this end, comparative analysis method was used relying on measure of diversity of distribution used in statistics. The study was mainly based on the Economic Accounts for Agriculture (EAA, Eurostat). The study covers the years between 2004 and 2016.

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  • Chmielewska, Barbara, 2018. "Changes in diversity of farm income in Member States of the European Union," Problems of Agricultural Economics 276385, Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics - National Research Institute (IAFE-NRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iafepa:276385

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    1. Zawalińska, Katarzyna & Majewski, Edward & Wąs, Adam, 2015. "Długookresowe zmiany w dochodach z polskiego rolnictwa na tle krajów Unii Europejskiej," Roczniki (Annals), Polish Association of Agricultural Economists and Agribusiness - Stowarzyszenie Ekonomistow Rolnictwa e Agrobiznesu (SERiA), vol. 2015(6), December.
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    Farm Management; International Development; International Relations/Trade;

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