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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2012

Explaining the puzzling persistence of restrictions on seasonal farm labour in Germany

Hess, Sebastian; von Cramon-Taubadel, Stephan; Zschache, Ulrike; Theuvsen, Ludwig; Kleinschmit, Daniela


The regulation of seasonal foreign farm labour (SFFL) in Germany distorts market outcomes and produces no significant benefits for any of the affected groups. Analysis of the media discourse on this regulation indicates that its persistence can be attributed to the political sensitivity of unemployment and related issues in Germany. To reach these conclusions, we propose a new method for the analysis of discourse data based on a Poisson change point model, and demonstrate that exogenous factors such as unemployment in Germany can explain structural breaks in the media discourse on SFFL in Germany.


political economy; seasonal farm workers; discourse analysis; Monte Carlo Markov Chain; Poisson change point model; J43; P16; Q18

Published in

European Review of Agricultural Economics
2012, Volume: 39, number: 4, pages: 707-728

    SLU Authors

      • Kleinschmit, Daniela

        • Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

      UKÄ Subject classification

      Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
      Other Agricultural Sciences not elsewhere specified
      Media Studies

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