The Impact of CAP Reforms on Farm Labour Structure

The labour force engaged in the agricultural sector is declining over time, and one can observe the reallocation of labour from family members to hired workers. Using farm-level data, this paper analyses the on-farm labour structure in Greece and assesses the factors driving its evolution over the period 1990-2008. The impact of agricultural policies and farm characteristics is examined in a dynamic panel analysis. Family and hired labour are found to be substitutes rather than complements, while agricultural support measures appear to negatively affect demand for both family and hired labour. Decoupled payments and subsidies on crops are found to have a significant impact on both sources of labour, as well as subsidies for rural development that do not favour on-farm labour use. The paper also finds that structural labour adjustments are the result of farm characteristics, such as farm size and location. The results are robust to various estimation techniques and specifications.


Editor(s):
CEPS
Issue Date:
Aug 30 2013
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/157914
Total Pages:
18
JEL Codes:
J43; Q18; Q12
Series Statement:
Factor Markets Working Paper
63




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