Visa for competitiveness: foreign workforce and Italian dairy farms’ performance

Antonioli, Federico, Severini, Simone and Vigani, Mauro ORCID: 0000-0003-2442-7976 (2023) Visa for competitiveness: foreign workforce and Italian dairy farms’ performance. European Review of Agricultural Economics, 50 (1). pp. 115-150. doi:10.1093/erae/jbab045

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This paper studies the impact of foreign labour on the competitiveness of Italian dairy farms relying on the theory of foreign labour in profit functions. Application of an endogenous switching regression model identifies the drivers of adoption of the immigrant workforce. A counterfactual analysis performed on unit labour costs between farms employing and non-employing immigrants suggests the essential role of foreign farmworkers on dairy farms’ competitiveness, which provide a cheaper source of labour. The lower unit labour cost for immigrant workers resembles staunch support to the newly introduced ‘social conditionality’, for a CAP delivering also for farmworkers.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CAP conditionality; Farm competitiveness; Immigrant workers; Endogenous switching regression; Labour costs
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S560 Farm Economics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2021 15:02
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 11:27

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