Why Farmers Quit: A County�?Level Analysis

  title={Why Farmers Quit: A County�?Level Analysis},
  author={S. Goetz and D. L. Debertin},
  journal={Labor: Supply & Demand eJournal},
  • S. Goetz, D. L. Debertin
  • Published 2001
  • Economics
  • Labor: Supply & Demand eJournal
  • We identify the effects of alternative explanatory variables on the propensity of U.S. farmers to cease farming, with a particular emphasis on understanding the roles of off-farm employment and federal farm program payments. Conventional ordinary least squares analysis using all counties suggests that off-farm employment has no statistical effect on the (net) number of farmers quitting between 1987 and 1997, ceteris paribus. A more refined analysis, which separates counties losing farmers from… CONTINUE READING
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