Farm Level Spatial Microsimulation Modelling

  • Stephen HynesEmail author
  • Karyn Morrissey
  • Cathal O’Donoghue
  • Graham Clarke
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


As discussed in Chap. 2, over the last decade, there has been an increase in interest in rural policy at the EU level. Indeed, the European Union Agenda 2000 agreement on agriculture contains an increased focus on rural development, acknowledging it as the second pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy. This increased focus on rural development at the EU level means that member states, including Ireland, have also increased their emphasis on rural development along a range of spectrums, such as reducing socio-economic disparities between regions, enhancing employment and competitiveness in rural areas, and re-orienting agricultural production. According to the Irish White Paper on Rural Development, one of the main goals of rural development policy in Ireland is to maintain “the maximum number of rural farms and especially family farms” (Irish Department of Agriculture and Food 2000).


Farm Level Common Agricultural Policy Flat Rate Microsimulation Model Average Farm Size 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Hynes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Karyn Morrissey
    • 2
  • Cathal O’Donoghue
    • 3
  • Graham Clarke
    • 4
  1. 1.Socio-Economic Marine Research UnitNational University of Ireland GalwayGalway Co. GalwayIreland
  2. 2.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  3. 3.Rural Economy and Development ProgrammeTeagascAthenryIreland
  4. 4.School of GeographyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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