17 Jul 2012

Simulations of land use and investment behaviour under different policy scenarios: Results of the extended farm/household model

Marco Puddu / Fabio Bartolini / Davide Viaggi

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Factor markets are a central issue in analyses of farm development and of agricultural sector vitality. Among the different production factors, land is one of the most studied. Several studies seek to estimate the effect of government policy payments on land value or land rental prices. The studies mostly agree that government payments and other types of policy support are significant in explaining land prices and account for a large share of them. In October 2011, the European Commission published a new policy proposal for the common agricultural policy (CAP) up to 2020. The proposed regulation includes a shift from historical to regional payments. The objective of this paper is to provide an ex ante analysis of the impact of the new CAP policy instruments on the land market. In particular, the effect of the regionalisation of payments in Italy is examined. The analysis is based on the use of a mathematical programming model to simulate the changes in land demand for a farm in Emilia Romagna. The results highlight the relevance of the new policy mechanism in determining a change in land demand. Yet the effect is highly dependent on initial ownership of entitlements under the historical payment scheme.

Marco Puddu is a PhD student at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering, University of Bologna; Fabio Bartolini is a researcher at the Department of Agronomy and Agroecosystem Management, University of Pisa; Davide Viaggi is Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering, University of Bologna.