Farmers' behavior and the provision of public goods: towards an analytical framework

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The new CAP reform aims to stimulate the role of agriculture as provider of public goods. An analytical framework is developed to model farmers’ decision making and to gain insight into farmers’ behavior in response to a number of policy instruments. The framework integrates characteristics of farm, farmer, market, as well as the policy instruments. Theoretical analysis suggests that attitudes, off-farm employment opportunities, non-pecuniary benefits and expectations of future developments can play important roles in farmer’s decision making regarding the provision of public goods. Empirical research is needed to test the hypothesis.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu
Number of pages64
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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PublisherWettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu


  • farm management
  • farmers
  • farmers' attitudes
  • off-farm employment
  • decision making
  • public sector
  • non-market benefits
  • risk assessment
  • opportunity costs

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