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Regional diversity in the fruit sector in the European Union


  • Josep M. Argilés


This article aims to identify the key groups of regions with respect to farms oriented to fruit and citrus production. Twenty variables of fruit and citrus oriented farms corresponding to forty-one regions of the European Union were analyzed. Seven groups emerged from cluster analysis. Only two of them showed good perspectives. Regions in the South of the Community need an important modernisation and restructuring process, which entails serious social consequences.

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  • Josep M. Argilés, 1999. "Regional diversity in the fruit sector in the European Union," Economics Working Papers 379, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  • Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:379

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    1. Cordts, W & Deerberg, K-H & Hanf, C-H, 1984. "Analysis of the Intrasectoral Income Differences in West German Agriculture," European Review of Agricultural Economics, Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics, vol. 11(3), pages 323-342.
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    Fruit sector; agriculture; cluster analysis; regions; European Union;

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    • Q14 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Finance
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy

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