Aging of the agricultural workforce in relation to the agricultural labour market
D. Spěšná, P. Pospěch, F. Nohel, J. Drlík, M. Delínhttps://doi.org/10.17221/20/2009-AGRICECONCitation:Spěšná D., Pospěch P., Nohel F., Drlík J., Delín M. (2009): Aging of the agricultural workforce in relation to the agricultural labour market. Agric. Econ. – Czech, 55: 424-435.
The development of age structure of Czech agricultural workforce has been continuously predominantly negative since 1989 and it constitutes a serious problem in terms of reproduction of agricultural workforce. The present paper abstains from analyzing the demographic, economic and socio-political influences on this process and tries to identify the specific factors inherent in the agricultural labour market. It considers opportunities for improving the age structure of agricultural workforce provided by the labour market system, particularly in relation to the supply of workforce, demand for it, unemployment and wage levels. An abductive approach, based on a secondary analysis of quantitative data and the authors’ own empirical survey, identifies a set of hypotheses about the relationship between agricultural labour market and the age structure of agricultural workforce.Keywords:agriculture, agricultural labour market, aging of agricultural workforce, supply and demand, unemployment, wage levels