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Preventing young farmers from leaving the farm: investigating the effectiveness of the young farmer payment using a behavioural approach

May, D.E., Arancibia, S., Behrendt, K. and Adams, J.M.M. (2018) Preventing young farmers from leaving the farm: investigating the effectiveness of the young farmer payment using a behavioural approach. Land Use Policy, 82. pp. 317-327.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.12.019

Abstract

The number of young farmers has decreased over recent decades in several developed countries such as the United States and European countries. A recent strategy adopted by the European Union to address the resulting age imbalance is the Young Farmer Payment which provides an additional payment on top of the average basic payment introduced in the last Common Agricultural Policy reform. The objective of this study is to determine, by means of a behavioural approach, how this payment in fl uenced the incentives of young farmers to stay in the farm. Using the endogenous succession cycle model and the structural modelling technique, we found that the payment a ff ected young farmers ’ willingness to stay through its in fl uence on non-economic motivational goals. However, we also found that there are other factors that can be even more in fl uential, such as pessimism about farming, community and family integration, participation in decision making, and the opinion of neighbours, among others. Based on the results, we argue that similar policies could be adopted in other countries, although policies would be more e ff ective in addressing age imbalances if they are accompanied with complementary strategies aimed to deal with the identi fi ed social and psychological considerations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Age imbalance, Young farmer payment, Endogenous succession cycle
Divisions: Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management
Depositing User: Ms Kath Osborn
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 11:18
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2019 11:18
URI: http://hau.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/17368

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