Demand for On-Farm Permanent Hired Labour on Family Holdings

Posted: 17 Mar 2009

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Michel Blanc

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eric Cahuzac

French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) - Research Center in Toulouse

Bernard Elyakime

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Gabriel Tahar

University of Toulouse 1

Abstract

In many developed countries, the share of permanent hired labour in the total agricultural labour force has been increasing in recent years. Using data from the 1988 and 2000 agricultural censuses in France, we analyse the factors that influence households' decisions regarding the use of hired labour. We show that the increase in permanent wage employment observed over that period results from two opposite trends: an important increase in the proportion of family farms using permanent wage labour and a slight decrease in the average volume of permanent hired labour per employer. The first trend was mainly due to an improvement in family labour productivity and to a sharp rise in farm size, whereas the second results from a rise in agricultural wages, and possibly also from an increase in the productivity of hired labour.

Keywords: farm wage labour, family farm, family labour, household decision making

JEL Classification: C34, C35, J22, J43, Q12

Suggested Citation

Blanc, Michel and Cahuzac, Eric and Elyakime, Bernard and Tahar, Gabriel, Demand for On-Farm Permanent Hired Labour on Family Holdings. European Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 493-518, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1359560 or http://dx.doi.org/jbn032

Michel Blanc (Contact Author)

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Eric Cahuzac

French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) - Research Center in Toulouse ( email )

Chemin de Borde-Rouge
Auzeville B.P. 27
Castanet-Tolosan Cedex, 31326
France

Bernard Elyakime

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Gabriel Tahar

University of Toulouse 1 ( email )

Place Anatole France
Toulouse Cedex, F-31042
France

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