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[ Article ] Does Contracting Make Farmers Happy? Evidence from Senegal

Date de soumission: 04-11-2016
Année de Publication: 2013
Entité/Laboratoire Faculté des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion
Document type : Article
Discipline(s) : Domaines Particuliers de l'Economie ( santé, travail, transport, ...)
Titre Does Contracting Make Farmers Happy? Evidence from Senegal
Auteurs DEDEHOUANOU SENAKPON FIDÈLE ANGE [1], Swinnen Johan [2], Maertens Miet [3],
Journal: Review of Income and Wealth
Catégorie Journal: Internationale
Impact factor: 1.078
Volume Journal: 59
DOI: 10.1111/roiw.12041
Resume In this paper we use a subjective well-being approach to evaluate the welfare impact of contract-farming. We analyze the impact of contract-farming on self-reported happiness using original panel data from a farm-household survey in the Niayes region in Senegal. We use different econometric techniques and show that, when correcting for time invariant unobserved heterogeneity, contract-farming has a positive effect on subjective well-being. We find diverging effects for different types of contracts, suggesting that contract-farming contributes more to farmers’ subjective well-being under certain conditions and contract design. Our main finding corroborates earlier findings from empirical studies using cross-sectional data and income-based measures of welfare. In line with earlier results from the subjective well-being literature, we find that absolute income has a positive but decreasing effect on subjective well-being while comparison income has a negative effect. Also household demographic characteristics, their land and livestock assets, and housing indicators affect subjective well-being.
Mots clés contract-farming, subjective wellbeing, happiness, farm-households
Pages 138 - 160
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