FADN: Buttress for Farm Policy or a Resource for Economic Analysis? We argue that the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) is capable of much more than it currently achieves and that it has been greatly under-utilised for policy analysis by economic researchers. We illustrate graphically some of the wider possibilities offered by FADN beyond its traditional role as a buttress for farm policy Farm incomes differ enormously between farms and differences within a member state are often more important than differences between member states. The dataset allows us to make differences explicit. It is possible to analyse the composition of farm incomes, for example the significance of subsidies amongst different farm types and farming systems. Some national FADN datasets also permit classification of farm households according to the relative importance of farm and non-farm incomes and allow us to examine the impact of income composition on, for example, investment behaviour, FADN data can be used for ex-ante as well as ex-post policy evaluations and we illustrate with an example of the impact of different models for implementing the Single Farm Payment in Germany. We believe that certain enhancements to the dataset are possible to improve further its potential for research support, for example by including more non-agricultural income sources in the European FADN.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|