The role of network bridging organisations in compensation payments for agri-environmental services under the EU Common Agricultural PolicyJournal articleTom Dedeurwaerdere, Audrey Polard et Paolo Melindi-Ghidi, Ecological Economics, Volume 119, Issue C, pp. 24-38, 2015

Compensation payments to farmers for the provision of agri-environmental services are a well-established policy scheme under the EU Common Agricultural Policy. However, in spite of the success in most EU countries in the uptake of the programme by farmers, the impact of the scheme on the long term commitment of farmers to change their practices remains poorly documented. To explore this issue, this paper presents the results of structured field interviews and a quantitative survey in the Walloon Region of Belgium. The main finding of this study is that farmers who have periodic contacts with network bridging organisations that foster cooperation and social learning in the agri-environmental landscapes show a higher commitment to change. This effect is observed both for farmers with high and low concern for biodiversity depletion. Support for network bridging organisations is foreseen under the EU Leader programme and the EU regulation 1306/2013, which could open-up interesting opportunities for enhancing the effectiveness of the current payment scheme for agri-environmental services.

Differences in fertility behavior and uncertainty: an economic theory of the minority status hypothesisJournal articleBastien Chabé-Ferret et Paolo Melindi-Ghidi, Journal of Population Economics, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp. 887-905, 2013

We revisit the question of why fertility behaviors and educational decisions appear to vary systematically across ethnic groups. We assess the possibility that differences in fertility across groups remain even though their socio-economic characteristics are similar. More specifically, we consider that parents’ fertility decisions are affected by the uncertainty concerning the future economic status of their offspring. We assume that this uncertainty varies across groups and is linked to the size of the group one belongs to. We find theoretical support for the minority status hypothesis according to which members of large minorities usually have a higher fertility than those in the majority facing low potential for social mobility while small minorities have lower fertility. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

A model of ideological transmission with endogenous parental preferencesJournal articlePaolo Melindi-Ghidi, International Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp. 381-403, 2012

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