Determinants of smallholders' decisions to leave land fallow: The case of Kosovo

Johannes Sauer, Sophia Davidova, Laure Latruffe

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This article investigates why farmers in Kosovo leave land fallow when their farms' total land area is small and households, almost fully dependent on farming for their livelihoods, are large. It uses a comprehensive survey carried out during the agricultural year 2005/2006 to explore agricultural households' perceptions of production, market conditions and general security 6 years after the end of the military conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Several locational, household and farm characteristics empirically approximate the significance of different factors for the amount of land left idle. Two different econometric models are used to address the characteristics of the dependent variable distribution by accounting for endogeneity. The main determinants of the share of land left fallow are found to be related to the economic and institutional structure, and to the general feeling of insecurity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-141
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Agricultural households
  • Endogeneity
  • Fallow land decision
  • Kosovo


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