Medium-term EU integration impacts on Norwegian agriculture: A partial equilibrium analysis

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The paper analyses and discusses possible impacts on Norwegian agriculture of an EU membership based on the regionalized agricultural sector model CAPRI. Norwegian agriculture is characterized by a small-scale farming structure and high levels of support. Previous analyses have shown that Norwegian agriculture is expected to undergo dramatic changes because of EU membership in terms of farm income, production and structural change. Our study indicates that a substantial share of the agricultural production can be maintained at the national level. Milk and crop production may remain largely unaffected, while meat production decreases in the range of 10–20% compared to a reference run without membership. However, a reduction in total farm income by about 40% indicates that structural adjustments will follow EU accession. The results are discussed in view of the pattern of adjustments observed in Finland and Austria after EU accession in 1995. The need for the dairy industry to take advantage of the improved market access is stressed. Attention is also called to some strengths and limitations of the CAPRI model to analyse large-scale policy changes and to identify model improvements as an area of future research.

Keywords: Agricultural policy; CAPRI model; EU integration impacts; large-scale policy change; partial equilibrium model

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16507540600682453

Affiliations: 1: Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute (NILF), Oslo, Norway 2: Institute for Agricultural Policy, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Publication date: April 1, 2006

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