From individual farms to agriholdings: Methodological implications. An explorative regional case study in East Germany

Laschewski, Lutz GND; Tietz, Andreas GND; Zavyalova, Katharina GND

Agricultural economics and policy planning make use of—and rely on—agricultural statistics. Individual agricultural firms, as they are represented in statistical systems, are usually treated as independent economic decision-makers. Our paper investigates the impacts of agriholding structures on statistical and economic parameters. Therefore, the paper will draw on the empirical evidence generated in a local case study in seven communities in northeast Germany. It is argued that cross-regional investors systematically “assemble” agriholdings based on their overall business strategy. If large holding structures exist, then the individual business perspective may create a flawed representation of farm structures.

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Laschewski, Lutz / Tietz, Andreas / Zavyalova, Ekaterina: From individual farms to agriholdings: Methodological implications. An explorative regional case study in East Germany. 2020.

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