Participation of Italian farmers in rural development policy

S. Pascucci, T. de Magistris, L.K.E. Dries

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The aim of this paper is to study farmers' participation in rural development policy (RDP) measures. We investigate to what extent regional RDP priorities are driven by regional characteristics and moreover, whether regional-level policy priorities help to explain farmers' participation in RDP measures. We estimate a multilevel binary choice model that includes both farm-level and regional-level explanatory variables. We conclude that regional governments select RDP priorities based on the specific features of their region. Regional policy priorities play an important role in explaining farmers' participation in agri-environmental schemes but not in measures aimed at improving farmer competitiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-631
JournalEuropean Review of Agricultural Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • agri-environmental contracts
  • transaction costs
  • european-union
  • design
  • conservation
  • perspective
  • information
  • services
  • schemes
  • choice


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