PurposeOutside farming, pluriactivity is generally considered as undesirable, whereas agricultural economists tend to recommend part-time farming. This contradiction is to be solved. The paper aims to discuss this issue.Design/methodology/approachLinking tax-payer and statistical farm-level data from Norway, the authors tested how profitable part-time farming is for Norwegian farm households.FindingsThe analysis showed that concentrating on either working on-farm or off-farm generates a higher household income than combining the two.Practical implicationsPart-time farming may be a lifestyle decision, but apparently is not economically optimal for most farms.Originality/valueThe contribution solves an apparent contradiction between the discourses inside and outside agriculture.
international Journal of Social Economics – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 9, 2017
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