Evaluating the Effects of Farm Programmes: Results from Propensity Score Matching

Posted: 28 Apr 2009  

Andrea Pufahl

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Christoph Weiss

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Department of Economics

Abstract

The paper applies a semi-parametric propensity score matching approach to evaluate the effects of agri-environment (AE) programmes on input use and farm output of individual farms in Germany. The analysis reveals a positive and significant treatment effect of AE programmes on the area under cultivation, in particular grassland, resulting in a decrease of cattle livestock densities. Furthermore, participation significantly reduced the purchase of farm chemicals (fertiliser, pesticide). We also find differences in the treatment effect among individual farms (heterogeneous treatment effects). Farms that can generate the largest benefit from the programme are most likely to participate.

Keywords: evaluation, farm programmes, propensity score matching

JEL Classification: Q12, Q18

Suggested Citation

Pufahl, Andrea and Weiss, Christoph, Evaluating the Effects of Farm Programmes: Results from Propensity Score Matching. European Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 79-101, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1394126 or http://dx.doi.org/jbp001

Andrea Pufahl

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Christoph Weiss (Contact Author)

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Department of Economics ( email )

Augasse 2-6
A-1090 Wien
Austria

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