The Vanishing Farms: The Impact of International Migration on Albanian Family Farming

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Juna Miluka

American University

Calogero Carletto

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Benjamin Davis

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Alberto Zezza

United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Date Written: September 1, 2007

Abstract

This paper investigates the impact of international migration on technical efficiency, resource allocation and income from agricultural production of family farming in Albania. The results suggest that migration is used by rural households as a pathway out of agriculture: migration is negatively associated with the allocation of both labor and non-labor inputs in agriculture, while no significant differences can be detected in terms of farm technical efficiency or agricultural income. Whether the rapid demographic changes in rural areas triggered by massive migration, possibly combined with propitious land and rural development policies, will ultimately produce the conditions for more viable, high-return agriculture attracting larger investments remains to be seen.

Keywords: Population Policies, Access to Finance, Agricultural Knowledge & Information Systems, Rural Development Knowledge & Information Systems, Economic Theory & Research

Suggested Citation

Miluka, Juna and Carletto, Calogero and Davis, Benjamin and Zezza, Alberto, The Vanishing Farms: The Impact of International Migration on Albanian Family Farming (September 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4367, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1017442

Juna Miluka

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Alberto Zezza

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