Determinants of investments in non‐farm assets by farm households

Agricultural Finance Review

ISSN: 0002-1466

Publication date: 5 May 2004


Off‐farm investment decisions of farm households are analyzed. Farm‐level data for a sample of Kansas farms observed from 1994 through 2000 are utilized. A system of censored dependent variable models is estimated to investigate the factors that influence the composition of farm households’ portfolios. The central question underlying the analysis is whether farm income variability influences off‐farm investment decisions. Previous analyses on the determinants of non‐farm investments have failed to consider the role of income variability. Results of this study indicate that higher farm income fluctuations increase the relevance of non‐farm assets in the farm household portfolio, thus suggesting these assets are used as farm household income risk management tools.



Serra, T., Goodwin, B. and Featherstone, A. (2004), "Determinants of investments in non‐farm assets by farm households", Agricultural Finance Review, Vol. 64 No. 1, pp. 17-32.

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