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A labour-based approach to the analysis of structural transformation: Application to French agricultural holdings 2000


  • Bignebat, C.
  • Bosc, P.M.
  • Perrier-Cornet, P.


The question of farm size has long been a concern in the agricultural economics literature. The observation of a long-lasting persistence of so-called small farms drew the attention of numerous researchers. The size of farms is often approximated by the farm area in hectares or the added value and gross margin. We propose to investigate the opportunity to use labour family labour and hired, permanent and seasonal, wage labour) as an entry point for a typology of agricultural holdings, with an application on French data from the Census collected in 2000. Then, we characterize the holdings belonging to the groups defined by the typology based on the type of labour. ....French Abstract : La question de la taille des exploitations agricoles, en relation avec leurs performances, a été largement abordée par la littérature dédiée à l’économie agricole. En particulier, la persistance de l’existence de petites exploitations a attiré l’attention. La taille des exploitations est le plus souvent estimée en hectares, en valeur ajoutée ou en chiffre d’affaires. Cet article propose une entrée par le travail (familial ou salarié, saisonnier ou permanent) pour construire une typologie des exploitations françaises sur la base du Recensement Agricole 2000. Il caractérise ensuite les différents types d’exploitations identifiées.

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  • Bignebat, C. & Bosc, P.M. & Perrier-Cornet, P., 2015. "A labour-based approach to the analysis of structural transformation: Application to French agricultural holdings 2000," Working Papers MOISA 201501, UMR MOISA : Marchés, Organisations, Institutions et Stratégies d'Acteurs : CIHEAM-IAMM, CIRAD, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro - Montpellier, France.
  • Handle: RePEc:umr:wpaper:201501

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    1. Aurélie Darpeix & Céline Bignebat & Philippe Perrier-Cornet, 2014. "Demand for Seasonal Wage Labour in Agriculture: What Does Family Farming Hide?," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 65(1), pages 257-272, January.
    2. Frisvold, George B., 1994. "Does supervision matter? Some hypothesis tests using Indian farm-level data," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(2), pages 217-238, April.
    3. Magali Aubert & Philippe Perrier‐Cornet, 2009. "Is there a future for small farms in developed countries? Evidence from the French case," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 40(s1), pages 797-806, November.
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    1. Bina Agarwal & Bruno Dorin, 2017. "Group farming in France: Why are some regions more conducive to cooperation than others?," Global Development Institute Working Paper Series 132017, GDI, The University of Manchester.
    2. Bignebat, Céline & Bosc, Pierre-Marie & Perrier-Cornet, Philippe, 2016. "Exploring structural transformation: a labour-based analysis of the evolution of French agricultural holdings 2000-2010," 160th Seminar, December 1-2, 2016, Warsaw, Poland 249790, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
    • J43 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Agricultural Labor Markets
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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