Journal Article

Farm Growth and Survival: Econometric Evidence for Individual Farms in Upper Austria

Christoph R. Weiss

in American Journal of Agricultural Economics

Published on behalf of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Volume 81, issue 1, pages 103-116
Published in print February 1999 | ISSN: 0002-9092
Published online February 1999 | e-ISSN: 1467-8276 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1244454
Farm Growth and Survival: Econometric Evidence for Individual Farms in Upper Austria

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This article investigates survival and growth of more than 50,000 Upper Austrian farm households within a maximum likelihood sample selection framework. The results suggest that age, schooling and sex of the farm operator, size of the farm family, and off-farm employment status, as well as initial farm size, significantly influence farm growth and survival. The present study provides support for the notion of a “disappearing middle” in the size distribution. The process of polarization is closely related to the off-farm employment status of farms. Correcting for sample-attrition bias is important when analyzing the performance of part-time farms.

Keywords: disappearing middle; growth; panel data; sample selection; survival; Q120

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Subjects: Agricultural Economics

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