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Structural change and farm labour adjustments in a dualistic farm structure: a simulation study for the region Nitra in southwest Slovakia
[Landwirtschaftliche Beschäftigung und Strukturwandel in dualen Betriebsstrukturen: Simulationsergebnisse der Region 'Nitra' im Südwesten der Slowakei]

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  • Schnicke, Hauke
  • Happe, Kathrin
  • Sahrbacher, Christoph

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This Discussion Paper explores interactions between structural impediments to labour adjustment, specific labour adjustment patterns and the impacts of differing economical and political frames. Based on the agent-based simulation framework AgriPoliS adjusted to the agricultural structure of the region Nitra in southwest Slovakia, we carry out a range of simulation experiments on the possible interplay between off-farm job opportunities for farm operators, growth in other sectors of the economy, and policy impacts. Results show that free movement of labour between sectors leads to strong adjustments in the agricultural labour force and benefits farms with a growth potential. EU Accession and a subsequent decoupling of payments lead farms to stay in business that would have otherwise left the sector. These farms, however, have a different mix of family and hired labour.

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  • Schnicke, Hauke & Happe, Kathrin & Sahrbacher, Christoph, 2007. "Structural change and farm labour adjustments in a dualistic farm structure: a simulation study for the region Nitra in southwest Slovakia
    [Landwirtschaftliche Beschäftigung und Strukturwandel in d
    ," IAMO Discussion Papers 112, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:iamodp:112
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    1. Tocco, Barbara & Davidova, Sophia & Bailey, Alastair Creation-Date: 2012-02, "undated". "Key Issues in Agricultural Labour Markets: A Review of Major Studies and Project Reports on Agriculture and Rural Labour Markets," Factor Markets Working Papers 126, Centre for European Policy Studies.
    2. Tocco, Barbara & Davidova, Sophia & Bailey, Alastair Creation-Date: 2012-02, "undated". "Supply and Demand Side Limitations Affecting the Structure of Agriculture and the Rural Economy," Factor Markets Working Papers 124, Centre for European Policy Studies.

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    Keywords

    Labour input; structural change; agent-based modelling; agricultural policy analysis; Landwirtschaftliche Beschäftigung; Strukturwandel; Agentenbasierte Modellierung; Politikanalyse;

    JEL classification:

    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy

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