The Effect of Mandatory Agro-Environmental Policy on Farm Fertiliser and Pesticide Expenditure
2012 (English)In: Journal of Agricultural Economics, ISSN 0021-857X, E-ISSN 1477-9552, Vol. 63, no 3, 656-676 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
EU farmers are subject to mandatory cross-compliance measures, requiring them to meet environmental conditions to be eligible for public support. These obligations reinforce incentives for farmers to change their behaviour towards the environment. We apply quasi-experimental methods to measure the causal relationship between cross-compliance and some specific farm environmental performance. We find that cross-compliance reduced farm fertiliser and pesticide expenditure. This result also holds for farmers who participated in other voluntary agro-environmental schemes. However, the results do not support our expectations that farmers who relied on larger shares of public payments had a stronger motivation to improve their environmental performance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Vol. 63, no 3, 656-676 p.
Agriculture, common agriculture policy, cross-compliance, environment, EU, farm, fertiliser and pesticide use, Q12, Q18, Q58
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60066DOI: 10.1111/j.1477-9552.2012.00346.xISI: 000307977900008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60066DiVA: diva2:559422