Why Farmers Quit: A County‐Level Analysis

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Stephan J. Goetz

University of Kentucky

David L. Debertin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 2001

Abstract

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 those that gained farmers, reveals subtle and less clear‐cut effects of off‐farm employment (and federal program payments) on farm exits.

Keywords: economic development, farm exits, off‐farm employment, Q120

Suggested Citation

Goetz, Stephan J. and Debertin, David L., Why Farmers Quit: A County‐Level Analysis (November 2001). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 83, Issue 4, pp. 1010-1023, 2001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3558627 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0002-9092.00226

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