Panel Session: STRUCTURAL CHANGES IN AGRICULTURE IN CEECs AND FSU

Agricultural Privatization, Land Reform and Farm Restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe

JOHAN F. M. SWINNEN1 and ERIK MATHIJS2

1 European Commission (DG Economic and Financial Affairs) and Policy Research Group, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
2 Policy Research Group, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Abstract

SWINNEN, J. F.M. and E. MATHIJS, 1999. Agricultural privatization, land reform and farm restructuring in Central and Eastern Europe. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 5:224-235

This paper presents a comparative analysis of agricultural privatization and transformation policies, land reform and resulting changes in farming structures in Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs). The paper summarizes some of the insights and conclusions of two research projects, the results of which are publishied in greater detail in two edited volumes: Swinnen (1997a) and Swinnen et al. (1997).

Key words: land reform, agricultural privatisation, farm restructuring, Eastern Europe