Is part-time farming really a step in the way out of agriculture?

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Abstract

One of the most important questions regarding the phenomenon of part-time farming is whether it is a stable situation or just a step in the way out of agriculture. This article provides support for the first possibility in the context of Israeli family farms in the 1970s. A multinomial logit model of work choices is estimated, including estimated transition probabilities among the explanatory variables. The results indicate that a high objective probability of exit from farming within the next decade decreased the tendency to engage in off-farm work, especially in a full-time job, in 1971.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)38-48
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2000

Keywords

  • Life-cycle decisions
  • Multinomial logit
  • Off-farm work
  • Panel data
  • Transition probabilities

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