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Do organic farmers feel happier than conventional ones? An exploratory analysis

Mzoughi , Naoufel (2014) Do organic farmers feel happier than conventional ones? An exploratory analysis. Ecological Economics, 103, pp. 38-43.

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We examine the relationship between organic farming and subjective well-being or life satisfaction. Applying an ordered probit model to a sample of French farmers located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) area (Southeast), we find that organic farmers report higher levels of life satisfaction, compared to the conventional ones. Moreover, this positive relationship holds for both recently-converted and earlier-converted farmers. Our findings also show that subjective well-being is positively associated with income, profitability, satisfaction at work, social recognition, and good health.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Happiness; Organic farming; Satisfaction; Subjective well-being
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: France
France > Agribio
France > INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Deposited By: Mzoughi, Naoufel
ID Code:26308
Deposited On:13 Aug 2014 09:27
Last Modified:13 Aug 2014 09:27
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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