Johannes Sauer is a senior lecturer in Environmental Economics in the Department of Economics, Manchester University, Sophia Davidova is a Professor of European Agricultural Policy in the School of Economics, University of Kent, and Laure Latruffe is a researcher in INRA, UMR1302 SMART, Rennes, France. Contact: Laure Latruffe, INRA – UMR SMART, 4 Allée Bobierre, CS 61103 Rennes 35011, France. E-mail: email@example.com for correspondence. The authors are grateful to Yann Desjeux for his work on the dataset, and to two anonymous reviewers for their comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
Determinants of Smallholders’ Decisions to Leave Land Fallow: The Case of Kosovo
Article first published online: 12 SEP 2011
© 2011 The Agricultural Economics Society
Journal of Agricultural Economics
Volume 63, Issue 1, pages 119–141, February 2012
How to Cite
Sauer, J., Davidova, S. and Latruffe, L. (2012), Determinants of Smallholders’ Decisions to Leave Land Fallow: The Case of Kosovo. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 63: 119–141. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-9552.2011.00321.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 12 SEP 2011
- (Original submitted October 2010, revision received June 2011, accepted July 2011.)
- Agricultural households;
- fallow land decision;
This article investigates why farmers in Kosovo leave land fallow when their farms’ total land area is small and households, almost fully dependent on farming for their livelihoods, are large. It uses a comprehensive survey carried out during the agricultural year 2005/2006 to explore agricultural households’ perceptions of production, market conditions and general security 6 years after the end of the military conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Several locational, household and farm characteristics empirically approximate the significance of different factors for the amount of land left idle. Two different econometric models are used to address the characteristics of the dependent variable distribution by accounting for endogeneity. The main determinants of the share of land left fallow are found to be related to the economic and institutional structure, and to the general feeling of insecurity.