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The Contribution of Off-Farm Income to the Viability of Farming in Ireland

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  • Thia Hennessy

    () (Rural Economy and Development Programme, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland)

  • Mark O’ Brien

    (Rural Economy and Development Programme, Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland)

Abstract

This paper reviews recent data pertaining to the Irish macro-economy and agricultural sector. The recent increase in the number of farmers and farmers’ spouses participating in the offfarm labour market is discussed. The type of employment most commonly secured by farmers and their spouses is outlined and their longer-term prospects of retaining this employment or securing additional employment is discussed. The paper also presents estimates of total farm household income and the degree to which farm households are reliant on non-farm income is established. The paper attempts to measure the contribution of off-farm income to the viability and sustainability of farm households in Ireland. The concluding sections highlights areas for potential interesting new research.

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  • Thia Hennessy & Mark O’ Brien, 2006. "The Contribution of Off-Farm Income to the Viability of Farming in Ireland," Working Papers 0613, Rural Economy and Development Programme,Teagasc.
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    1. Loughrey, Jason & Hennessy, Thia, 2018. "The Common Agricultural Policy and The Farm Households’ Off-farm Labour Supply," 166th Seminar, August 30-31, 2018, Galway, West of Ireland 276230, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Abdul-Salam, Yakubu & Roberts, Deborah, 2018. "Determinants of off-farm work and its effect on agricultural input intensity," 92nd Annual Conference, April 16-18, 2018, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 273486, Agricultural Economics Society.
    3. Barnes, Andrew & Thomson, Steven & Ferreira, Joana, 2018. "Disadvantage and Economic Viability: Evidence from Scottish Upland Farming," 162nd Seminar, April 26-27, 2018, Budapest, Hungary 271954, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    4. Loughrey, Jason & Hennessy,Thia & Hanrahan, Kevin & Donnellan, Trevor & Raimondi, Valentina & Olper, Alessandro, 2013. "Determinants of Farm Labour Use: A Comparison between Ireland and Italy," Factor Markets Working Papers 172, Centre for European Policy Studies.
    5. Loughrey, Jason & Hennessy, Thia, 2013. "Hidden Underemployment Among Irish Farm Holders 1996-2011," 87th Annual Conference, April 8-10, 2013, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 158849, Agricultural Economics Society.
    6. Dillon, Emma J. & Hennessy, Thia C. & Hynes, Stephen, 2009. "Towards Measurement of Farm Sustainability - an Irish case study," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 51786, International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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