Optimal timing of farm transferal from parent to child

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When farm income is first increasing and then decreasing in the operator’s age, the timing of farm transferal from parent to child is optimally determined by families who seek to maximize joint income or utility. Using a sample of Israeli farms in which the operation of the farm changed from parent to child between 1971 and 1981, equations of transfer time and child’s education are derived. A simultaneous equation, censored regression model is estimated using a two-stage method. Results support the theoretical predictions that transfer time is decreasing with parent’s age and with child’s schooling, and increasing with parent’s experience.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)234-236
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1994

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Ayal Kimhi is research and teaching associate, Department of Agricultural Economics and Management, The Hebrew University. This research was supported by Grant No. IS-1845-90 from BARD, the United States-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund.


  • Censored Regression Model
  • Family Farm
  • Intertemporal Optimization
  • Transfer Timing


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