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Modelling the effects of subsistence on Bulgarian agricultural performance

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  • Philip Kostov

    (Queen's University Belfast)

  • John Lingard

    (University of Newcastle)

Abstract

The paper demonstrates the effects that the largely ignored, phenomenon of subsistence farming can have on agricultural development in countries in transition. The problem of subsistence consists of the different economic behaviour of subsistence farms compared to commercial ones. The paper evaluates the impacts of subsistence on overall agriculture for Bulgaria. These are assessed using a dualistic agricultural sector model, namely SCAPAM, the main elements of which are highlighted. The above model is based on theoretical principles, analysed in previous work of the authors, and on existing, but largely unreported empirical work in this area. The purpose of the study is not to produce forecasts of the future dynamics of the agricultural sector, but to evaluate and quantitatively test the effects of subsistence on total agriculture for a real agricultural economy in transition, namely Bulgaria. The results are consistent with the theoretical and empirical work of the authors for a hypothetical agricultural economy.

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  • Philip Kostov & John Lingard, 2004. "Modelling the effects of subsistence on Bulgarian agricultural performance," Computational Economics 0409002, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpco:0409002
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    1. Philip Kostov, 2004. "Transition, agricultural decommercialisation, and their implications for quantitative modelling," Others 0409008, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Plamen Mishev & Philip Kostov, 2004. "Decision making pattern of subsistence farmers in Bulgaria," Others 0409012, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Philip Kostov & John Lingard, 2004. "Transition, agriculture and the vanishing market," Others 0409011, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Philip Kostov & John Lingard, 2004. "Block-diagonal representation of a dualistic agricultural economy and its application in formal modelling: the case of Bulgaria," Computational Economics 0409001, EconWPA.
    5. Vassilev, Zlatan, 2007. "Evaluating the Financial Position and Performance of a typical Dairy Farm in Bulgaria," MPRA Paper 13982, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Philip Kostov & John Lingard, 2004. "Institutional foundations of subsistence agriculture in transition economies," Others 0409010, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Philip Kostov & John Lingard, 2004. "On the nature of Bulgarian subsistence agriculture," Others 0409009, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    JEL classification:

    • C69 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Other
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • Q11 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Aggregate Supply and Demand Analysis; Prices

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