Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, CH-8356 Ettenhausen

Productivity of part-time farming in Switzerland

The share of part-time farms in Switzerland is low and continues to decrease. This paper attempts to explain this peculiarity. Regressions show that part-time farms do often (have to) concentrate on products with little revenue. Within product lines, farm size plays a dominant role in explaining labour productivity. On the other hand, part-time farms receive higher direct payments per worker than full-time farms, due to their more extensive management. All results support an increased structural change in Swiss agriculture.

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