publication . Article . 2007

Impediments to the Diversification of Rural Economies in Central and Eastern Europe: Evidence from Small-scale Farms in Poland

Sophia Davidova; Matthew Gorton;
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  • Published: 01 May 2007 Journal: Regional Studies, volume 41, pages 361-376 (issn: 0034-3404, eissn: 1360-0591, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Most rural economies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) suffer from a poorly developed Rural Non-Farm Economy (RNFE) and a lack of alternative economic activities outside of farming. While the diversification of rural economies in CEE away from an over reliance on agriculture has become an important policy goal, little research has been conducted on the impediments to diversification. This paper focuses on the barriers faced by Polish farm households to taking up off-farm employment and establishing new, non-agricultural enterprises. Factor and cluster analysis are applied to a data-set of individual farms in order to identify groups of households facing simila...
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free text keywords: General Social Sciences, General Environmental Science, H
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