Women farmers and community well-being under modeling uncertainty

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We examine the association between woman farmers and community well-being using U.S. county-level data. We address modeling uncertainty around three measures of community well-being by using a spatial Bayesian model averaging approach and find that a higher share of farms operated or owned by women in a county is associated with higher rates of new business formation, longer life expectancies, and lower poverty rates. The results are consistent with a growing literature that finds women business owners approach their businesses more holistically, with positive community spillovers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-299
Number of pages25
JournalApplied Economic Perspectives and Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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