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The vanishing farms ? the impact of international migration on Albanian family farming, Volume 1
 
Author:Miluka, Juna; Carletto, Calogero; Davis, Benjamin; Zezza, Alberto; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4367
Country:Albania; Date Stored:2007/09/24
Document Date:2007/09/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Access to Finance; Economic Theory & Research; Population Policies; Rural Development Knowledge & Information Systems; Agricultural Knowledge and Information SystemsLanguage:English
Region:Europe and Central AsiaReport Number:WPS4367
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper investigates the impact of international migration on technical efficiency, resource allocation and income from agricultural production of family farming in Albania. The results suggest that migration is used by rural households as a pathway out of agriculture: migration is negatively associated with the allocation of both labor and non-labor inputs in agriculture, while no significant differences can be detected in terms of farm technical efficiency or agricultural income. Whether the rapid demographic changes in rural areas triggered by massive migration, possibly combined with propitious land and rural development policies, will ultimately produce the conditions for more viable, high-return agriculture attracting larger investments remains to be seen.

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